New graduate of University metals program. <snip>. Would love
to hear from people just starting out and trying to find some
direction. Am not interested in working as repair jeweler, just a
designer that wants to create and possibly sell.
Ever notice that when a new actor, writer, musician, dancer or any
other type of artist springs onto the scene and gets the worlds
notice, they aren't really new most of the time. If we look a bit
deeper into their background we see that they have been around for
many years, struggling to perfect their art and get noticed. Sure,
there are exceptions, and some of those exceptions will actually
survive for a while, too. But mostly, the really good ones are the
ones who have many years of journeyman labor behind them on the way
to becoming a master.
I agree with this response, that repair is a great way to learn the
ropes, but however you want to do it, lets not get the idea that
repair, trade production and other work are 'lower callings' and look
down your nose at them. I'm glad you aspire to be a designer, but
starting out at the top is probably not such a great thing. For one
thing, there is only one way to go from there. Down!