I agree with you 110% I have little training, but create jewelry. I
am an artist that works in many mediums, metal, stones, paint, pen
and paper. I am not bogged down by titles and whatevers.
Where I live, they say that I am a crazy artist type, but I am THEIR
crazy artist type. That makes me feel really great, beyond warm and
Sometime in the next week or two I will be thinning down nickel to
use in jewelry, mokume and other things I want to make, while trying
to figure out where I am going to build my brick forge (1500 bricks,
4' x 8' plus chimney), I do tradional blacksmithing. Then on to other
Over this coming summer we are going to put in two new building and
then start planning my bronze foundry.
The way I learned to do most things is by trial and error,
imagination and reading books. I do talk to a lot of people when I am
at a gathering on how they have done things.
We used to live in a community, where people kept saying that they
have to think outside the box to get things done. So far they haven't
gotten much done. I keep telling them that I live outside the box.
I gave up a large suburban home, stores 10 minutes away, three really
good customers 20 minutes away with cash, to a smaller home with
land, all to live my dream of my art. I am much happier and more
Oh Salaries for designers, I don't know what would be. I haven't had
a salaried position in over 10 years. But my Dunns shows me at 512K.