Ive looked at your website, read your post, and other jewellers who
have replied on this forum.
So, 1st of all, id like to correct the following statement of yours.
More good fortune ? than talent? NO. It has to be talent or how ever
you like to describe creativity . Some have it, some develop it,
others never do.
2ndly you have a masters in fine art, with a primary interest in
ceramics. Where can we see some of this work? because this might give
us all an idea of what you can do.
Now about your bead work, I know how much patience is needed to make
the things you show. I know and have watched a beader working.
Technically like yourself a proper execution of the technique, BUT,
Your just one in thousands doing this. The competition is fierce,
more so than in metalworking.
So your concern why there’s a lack of helpfullness toward you?, its
an unrealistic expectation.
If you want to go down the jewellery road, you need to write a list
of questions. Then answer them.
What practical skills do I need to master? To use the tools and
equipment I need to make the designs I think up?
What sales experience do I have to market my work profitably?
Where shall I start to sell my work?
where will I make it all?
How much time do I have to get it all up and running?
What sector of the buyers market am I aiming at?
Who and where is the competition im up against?
Wats it all going to cost? and do I have a business plan?
That is why the traditional route into this world is via a 7 yr
apprentisceship scheme, where you will learn the answers to the above
questions in an actual jewellers environment. Thats not to say an
academic background is useless, but the approach to this work via
hands on does work the best. I suspect time has run out for you to
take this road. but maybe not. I started my career at 34 and was up
and paying my way in 18 months.
The final question you need to answer honestly is, are you up to it?
given the problems you need to solve?
I Wish you well