I wish you lived in Frederick, MD. Sales in my gallery are up 30%
this year...a record. Unfortunately, this also means that I am
spending less and less time at the bench, doing what I really love.
I am forced to choose between managing the gallery or working as a
In a gallery like mine, it is important that the person working with
the customer really understand goldsmithing. They can explain the
different techniques used, the various alloys, as well as help in
selecting the proper Understanding how the jewelry is
made also gives them an understanding of proper jewelry design.
It may take a lifetime to master all the skills necessary to be a
master goldsmith. Most of those who have taken that path seldom have
the time, or interest, to master the skills necessary to operate a
business. I have found that the best jewelry businesses are often a
symbiotic partnership between a great craftsman and a great business
Perhaps the skills you already have are of tremendous value to the
designer/smith that you wish to apprentice with...