I have looked through the posting on this site for apprenticeships
before. I even interviewed with an artist I meet through this site
for an apprenticeship opportunity he had available that would have
provided a small salary and benefits. To my great regret I was unable
to take it for financial reason (I had recently graduated with a BFA
in metalsmithing and have loan to pay back as well as the great cost
to move myself out to where he was located)
I am still looking for an situation that would work for me. My
problem is that although I graduated with a BFA in metalsmithing, I
lack the practical experience of being on a bench everyday. I am
looking for a jewelry shop or independent jeweler who could teach me
the things I missed in school and allow me to hone the skills I
already have. I would love to work for a jeweler like the one I
interviewed with, a place with a nice mix of repairs, custom jobs as
well as making thing to stock his own shop displays.
I currently work at a fine arts gallery that shows art jewelry. I
have experience selling work (jewelry, craft, sculpture) as well as
extensive graphic design experience. I would love to work somewhere
that could benefit from my graphic skills as well as let me work
toward my dream of being a metalsmith full time. I do need an
opportunity that would offer a small salary/benefits so I could
support myself. I know this opportunity is out there but I also know
it is few and far between.
I turn to this forum because I have loved reading it and I know it
is full of people passionate about this craft. I have been out of
school for a while and after just getting back from 2 intensive working
weeks at Haystack Craft School I am dying to find a job in the field!!
Can anyone offer opinions, advice or opportunity?
Thank you in advance,