Sifting through the archive after returning from vacation I followed
the thread about Lapidary Journal with growing unease. As a third
generation artesian (I still use my grandfather’s 1950’s Victor ring
welder) the first LJ I can remember really reading was around 1968.
My dad published articles in it in the 70’s. I still look forward to
every issue, just as I do Ornament, Metalsmith, and Art Jewelry.
Every page of every issue of every magazine will not appeal to every
reader. Even though I’m not interested in bead and PMC articles they
are a fact of life based on other’s interests. It isn’t just
magazines that reflect this - look at table after table of beads at
gem shows. I used to go to them to see equipment and now there is
virtually none at regional shows. It is the nature of the industry.
But there are two things we need to remember. First, if magazines
appeal to a wide audience it increases the number of people who are
interested in and appreciate unique, handmade jewelry. Reading about
it is not the same as learning to make it. Second, magazines are
made to entertain as well as inform, so perhaps we shouldn’t be so
hard on them. I, for one, want to make sure that the written word
isn’t only electronic. Sitting in an easy chair with the latest
magazine is a pleasure, even without reading every article. I
recommend that if you aren’t completely happy with LJ then you should
stay in touch with the editors, keep your subscription, and support
the industry by subscribing to every magazine available. Relax. Life