For quite some time I have been wondering how many people truly make
their living with metalsmithing? When I ask this I mean how many
folks are out there who work for themselves in the field and make
enough money to pay bills, mortgage, rent, insurance, etc and either
are totally self sufficient or make enough that they could be,
without contributions from a spouse, trust fund, teaching job, part
time bench job, performance gigs, etc.
On another track, how many metalsmithing educators are out there who
derive a greater percentage of their income from selling their work
Working in education I get questions like this all the time from
students and parents and sometimes hear that undergraduate students
are told by university counselors to forget metals because you can’t
make a living.
This is a very informal survey, I just want to get a feel for the