First, I wanted to say thanks to everybody who responded to my
questions on Getting Started, and Color Blindness and seeing color
change in Metal. Thanks!!
Second, I see a lot of different job titles for people involved in
the jewelry arts. A lot of the bench-jewelers seem unhappy with the
job, while a lot the self employed craft-jewelers seem a lot more
content. Why don’t more people switch to doing the art show, gallery
type jewelry? Forgive me if I am getting the titles wrong, but it
can be very confusing for a newbie to understand which job is which.
My goal is to eventually sell one of a kind items at Galleries, Craft
shows, and Art shows. What would I be called: Art-Jeweler,
craftsman, or something else?
Third, I see people refer to low, mid, and high end art jewelry.
What price ranges are we actually referring to? Is low-end $50 or
Fourth, one poster recently wrote that I should stick to jewelry as
a hobby and stay in my well-paying job. If he is that unhappy, maybe
he should investigate another line of work as well. All I know is
that the 5-8 hours I can squeeze in at my bench per week is what
keeps me sane. I am probably equally unhappy programming computers
as he is working on jewelry. Yeah, I make a high salary, but my
specialty restricts me to living in the largest (read most expensive)
cities in the U.S. In California alone I am pretty much restricted
to the San Francisco area, Sacramento, or Los Angeles. Programming
involves many 2 a.m. phone calls and late hours trying to fix
problems before the rest of America wakes up and wants to check their
account balances. I think everybody has one interest or special
talent that they can be happy making into a livelihood. Parents,
teachers, and students would do better off trying to determine what
that is instead of chasing the almighty dollar.
Just my two cents worth after 20 “successful” years in the computer
business. I am not trying to offend anyone, and I apologize in
advance if I have done so.