You might consider attending classes at the William Holland school
of Lapidary arts in young Harris, GA.The school is a few miles
south of the NC border in north central Georgia. It is about 50
miles from Franklin, NC.
Is the proper link to the William C. Holland School for Lapidary
Which I just got back from spending a week at in a basic
silversmithing course. I really liked the instructor, he was a nice
guy, but I wish it had been more technically oriented. You should
check out the individual instructors with the school staff and
hopefully they will guide you to the more professional instructors
over the more hobby-oriented. My guy's main purpose was to make
sure everybody finished 2 or 3 projects as opposed to getting a
strong grounding in the basics.
But that's ok, I've done this before, I really just needed some help
getting over my reluctance to put the torch to the metal.