Wow, a resident with enough time and energy to scuba dive and make
You don't say where you are. Assuming you are in the US, in a
metropolitan area, one possibility is taking courses from GIA
(Gemological Institute of America) when they come to your city.
I'm sure many people on the list will recommend Revere Academy,
which I recommend as well, despite having not been there myself.
However, there are many fine schools that can meet your needs
without your having to travel. Check into the ones near you.
While it might be nice to stick with one school and earn a diploma,
it's not necessary. You can take lots of different classes here and
there and still take the JA bench certification tests.
As to approaching some one for an apprenticeship -- the first step
is to have something to offer. Wait until you have enough skill and
Or, offer to pay for the privilege of working for someone. Because
it's "tuition" and worth it. How's that for controversy? What do
people think of that?
As to reading material, your next books:
the two large tomes by Oppi Untracht
anything by Revere (he has videos too you know)
I happen to like the little book by Jinks McGrath, may be out of
print, and it's another beginner book, but it covers things in a
different way, good pictures
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay