Hi Alison; Allow me to chime in here. I think that since you are new
to this business of evaluating an instructor, might I suggest two
- Consider carefully what you wish the instructor to be able to
present to the students. Broad based metalsmithing skills of the
kind found in academia? Skills specific to the jewelry trade such as
classical stone setting methods and small run production casting?
Design skills AND high end trade type skills such as would suit a
self employed designer/craftsperson? 2. Go to where someone who meets
those criteria is teaching what you’ll want your instructor to teach
and ask to sit in on one of their classes to see how it’s done. Make
sure you get referred to someone who is a good instructor. Then when
you have your candidate demonstrate their teaching style, you’ll have
something to compare it to.
I know that if you were here in Norther Michigan, I’d be glad to have
you watch me run one of my classes, watch a demo/lecture or critique,
look over the class outline, check what a qualified instructor’s
curiculum vitae (resume) looks like, etc. So I have to figure you’ll
be able to find people like myself around the country. I’d suggest
you start by calling a few places like Arrowmont, Penland, perhaps
some of the college metals programs, or maybe Alan Revere could refer
you to someone. Let me know if I can provide further help. David L.