I feel that I usually get a lot more than I give in this forum–but
I guess that won’t keep me from posting again.
I would appreciate suggestions, ideas, comments:My husband and I are
in our mid fifties. He is a woodcrafter, making fine furniture out
of native (Texas right now) hardwoods and I am a silver/goldsmith,
self-taught, in my third year. Right now our income (paltry) comes
pharmacy work with my jewelry work still in the red and his
woodworking in the black but done on commission only. Within the
next 5 to 10 years we would like to be in residence in a new place
and we want to just work at our passions–furniture and jewelry.
The question is where? We both agree that although we are getting by
financially here and we’ve been here 19 years, we don’t really fit
the community (or it doesn’t fit us). What we want is to live and
work where there is a bit more diversity in culture and where there
are more artisans that we might find to be friends with. A place
where there are people who are spiritual and freethinking without
believing that being seen in church regularly substitutes for growth
and introspection. We don’t want the “house and yard” scene to take
care of and we don’t want that pressure to “keep up with the
Jones’s” in that or any other respect. We would like to have a
live/work space that is clean and practical without a lot of upkeep
or frill, maybe a workshop and living area in the back and a gallery
area in the front. Mostly, though, we want to live where there is a
preponderance of other artisans living, working, and selling.
I know a lot of the realization of this dream will depend on where
we are financially when the time comes and how much freedom we have
to relocate. If we can get by, sell our wares and still eat, and
make like-minded friends it will be a dream come true.
J. (Sue) Ellington