I have been working with glass for many years now and have also been trying to attach it to things - like rings. After many mediocre attempts at soldering I walked out of my shop at 2am one morning, frustrated and convinced that I would not go to sleep that night until I found a place that taught silversmithing.
Enter: Highland Spark
I found Lila, who has a shop in Highland Park, NJ which is about an hour south of me. I took a three hour workshop with her in December and walked out with this Sterling Silver Spinning Ring. I was hooked. I signed up for her 8 week course and have been making steady progress.
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.