I live in Port Arthur and have been tempted to register for Dallas Craft
Guild weekend workshops. You are lucky to be in an area where you can
receive jewelry instruction.
You should be able to take classes at the university when you move to
Austin. (BTW I was in Austin this past weekend and it's beautiful with all
the wildflowers in bloom!) At any rate, you will find many "jewelry
geniuses" here on Orchid willing to answer any question, no matter how
simple or how difficult.