I am so thrilled that Bekka has found us while still in high school.
I wish more aspiring jewelers could get their start younger.
Did I say this already? Sorry if I did, I'm a bit forgetful this
In addition to art school, I encourage you to spend your summers at
Go to jewelry trade schools, get a diploma if you want. Then when
you graduate from art school you'll have a BA, which will be nice
for putting on your wall and having a degree or whatever, and you'll
have lots of useful jewelry making skills from trade school that
will help you get a job or help you work for yourself.
Take some gemology classes.
Heck, if you have time, take some appraisal courses too.
Apply to do work study at Arrowmont, free tuition, free room and
board. Totally worth it. Spend 8 weeks at Penland.
Join up all your local guilds NOW. Women's Jewelry Association,
your closest metals guild, etc. They'll adore you for knowing what
you want to do so young and will help you. People can't help but
help people that they see themselves in. It's like they're helping
themselves as a young thing.
Consider a women's business group as well, such as Business and
Professional Women or Women in Management or National Association of
Women Business Owners.
Print up cards. If you don't have a business, just print up
personal cards with your contact info. You'll need them as you
become a networking queen.
Go ahead and make plans to start your own business. Read every book
by Barbara Brabec. Go see SCORE at SBA. I started my business at
Send me your address off list, I have an extra flex shaft hand piece
I'll give you. Happy graduation.
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay