I had a RISD student working for me a couple of years ago. She
worked out just fine. Currently I have a part time assistant who
went through the Mass Art Dartmouth program. This past summer my
assistant was a third year metalsmithing student from Dublin,
Ireland. I gave her a 10% raise within a month of hiring her.
None of them had what I would call practical training in jewelry
making- no gold soldering, repair skills, but all three had done
some waxing, casting, raising, fabrication and such, mostly in
non-precious metals and silver.
Richard D. Hamilton
Fabricated 14k, 18k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography