In an earlier blog entry I mentioned a conversation with my instructor, Dale. After lunch one day I brought a couple of people back to the studio and gave them a little tour of what we were doing up there. Dale was in the room and when my guests left he came over to my bench and asked me if I would be interested in considering the possibility of coming back to The Ghost Ranch as an instructor. This is where I was at a loss for words!
Coming out here, I was so nervous that my skill level would not be up to par; having just started working with silver earlier this year I did not know how my ability would stack up. That is where having my own studio obviously comes in handy. Since beginning my work with Lila in Highland Park I have been steadily working on my own up in my studio, learning with every success and with every failure. He spoke to me about doing an introduction to jewelry making class and he felt confident (even if I didn't) that I had the knowledge needed.
The side note to that is the opportunity to meet with Judith Foster who usually teaches this class with Dale. Judith lives in upstate New York and, as told to me by Dale, came to Ghost Ranch and took his class 11 years ago looking for a new beginning after her job had been phased out. She now supports herself as a jeweler and in addition to private sales her work is displayed in art galleries around the United States. Whatever comes of this conversation with Dale I am so honored to have been recognized and thrilled for the opportunity to continue a relationship with both Dale and Judith.
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.