don't you think that the person asking the question WOULD take a
class if that were an option/available??
No offense taken. Just wanted to elaborate on why my response was
"take a class". Craig, I didn't want you to think that my "take a
class" response was made without reason. I mentioned to take a class,
because that's what I did and I loved it. I took a Tuesday night
workshop at a small, but beautiful jewelry gallery in my neighborhood
about 10 years ago. Don't think I would have started down this path
without that workshop.
I think I paid $125.00 for 8 weeks (Tues nights 7:30-10). I think the
class now runs about $225 for the same time frame.
I think a class or a group environment is more than just learning a
trade or a skill. There's networking as well, kinda like we do here
on Orchid, but more focused on opportunities in the area. (Don't know
where Kjell lives, I could recommend a bunch of inexpensive options
in the LA area if she? is interested and lives here) From this class
I discovered a great jewelry making class at a local adult school
that covers fabrication and wax carving for under $200.00 for quite a
few weekends and studio time. I've also discovered a few local
classes at community colleges and rec centers for nada- like $30 for
6 sessions. Yeah, the equipment might not be the best but when I
wanted to learn enameling spending $30 on a class was much less than
a few hundred on a kiln. I didn't want to waste the cash on a kiln
before I discovered whether or not I even liked enameling.
I didn't mean to assume that Kjell could afford to travel to one of
the really cool schools ya'll talk about and take a class from a
master wax carver. Heck, I can't afford that! And I probably
shouldn't make assumptions that Kjell can afford $225 or $30 for a
class. And, I probably shouldn't assume that there's even a class in
his area. Sometimes I forget how lucky (?) I am to live in Los
Angeles (did I really just say that?) where we have tons of options
for classes workshops, etc...
And, I really do have a box of carving tools that are just
collecting dust because someone said "oh you're taking a wax carving
class? You need these tools." So, I bought them, and I don't use
them. I'm only keeping them 'cause I know as soon as I sell or donate
even one, that's the one that I'll need!
Craig, maybe you're right, maybe Kjell is like you and isn't a class
learner. I just know myself and I know that I really don't like
learning from books. I'm very visual, and I'll retain more if I can
watch someone demonstrate something first. It's just easier for me.
Kjell, good luck on whatever you decide!
Amery Carriere Designs