I am a jewelry instructor at UCSD in San Diego. I had traveled to
China on business a few years ago, and had the idea to teach there.
My contact there helped arrange this with a local university, and
last July, my girlfriend and I flew over to Guilin, a beautiful city
and taught a 2 week class.
We taught the students how to pour their own ingots in sterling
silver, as well as making their own wire stock with a rolling mill
and drawplates. This was a new skill for them, and one that they
could use to build more advanced skills. To my knowledge,
pre-manufactured sheet and wire are not available in China. The
workshop was quite successful, and the university is looking for
other jewelry artists to bring over to teach. My girlfriend and I had
such a great experience, we are lookin for other teaching
In fact, I am helping to locate other talented jeweler/teachers for
the university we taught at. An enamelist from Oregon, Lisa
Hawthorne, is making plans to teach there in 2006.
My arrangement with the university was that they paid for my
transportation to and from Guilin, and housed us at an apartment on
the campus, although we were not paid for the actual teaching. It was
not so much a money-making experience, as an oportunity to travel and
get paid for it.
We loved the experience so much, we look forward to our next
teaching assignment. We have heard another university on a beautiful
Chinese island wants us to teach there in 2006, so we are anxiously
Want to teach in China?