My name is Samantha and I am normally a lurker on this forum. I am
moving to Ottawa with my husband and little one in July and seeking
an apprenticeship to be a goldsmith/gemsetter.
I am working on a cover letter to send to prospective spots and
trying to figure out what to write.
I love jewelry making and I do what I can in my apartment(sawing,
filing, playing with my flexshaft, and a lot of chainmaille jewelry)
I plan on taking some courses at the Algonquin college to improve my
soldering when I move. I know that starting out will mean low pay,
and I look forward to learning all of the skills from the bottom up.
I read all the books I can on the different techniques and would like
to eventually focus on gemsetting. I just don’t know how to express
to them that I am truly dedicated to learning the trade and that this
is what I want to do with my life.
As experienced jewellers what do you suggest writing or what do you
look for in apprentices?