Having gotten to the point of our carreers where we feel it is time
to start giving back, we have started teaching jewelry classes from
beginners to advanced classes. My partners and myself have been in
the jewelry industry for 30 plus years and have a wealth of knowledge
to share. We have a large, well equipped facility and more time as
all of our kids have grown up and moved on to life’s of their own.
So what is the best way to promote and find students these days?
There was a thread about mentoring a few weeks past and that what
got us thinking about proceeding with this.
In the 90’s, I taught extensively for vocational rehabilitation and
enjoyed it immensely. I am a Graduate Gemologist and Master Jeweler
and Setter with many, many years on the bench making fine high end
platinum and gold pieces. We do a tremendous amount of CAD design and
Casting for the jewelry industry in our day to day operations.
I am a graduate of the School for American Craftsmen at RIT way back
when, where I studied under Hans Christensen and Gary Griffin. My
other partners are equally or even more experienced than myself. We
have established a web site and have done emails and such to
promote, as well as some flyers and notices at the art gallery and
rec center. So far only a very few people have been interested.
Thomas Cavagnaro, GG