I just spent a wonderful weekend in a silversmithing class with Sue Stockman. I'll have photos and a more in-depth exploration of the class on Watch Me Create as soon as I finish sanding and polishing, but I have to say how 180% opposite of last year this class was for me.
Last year, I had no clue what to expect, had done no reading, and rushed, rushed, rushed. And ultimately, while I was very excited about learning so much, I wasn't good at any of it.
I can be fearful of trying new things, which is the reason I sign up for classes -- if I pay the money and make the time commitment, it forces me to do it. I decided to sign up again for Sue's class, as many of her students do. First, it's a three-day class, and there's a lot to learn in silversmithing. Most people who go into that side of jewelry as a business either go to art school for it or take hours upon hours upon hours of school for it. But mainly, Sue is an amazing person who is an incredible person and teacher. Not everyone who is good at something can teach, and she really is a gifted and creative teacher.
I'll save writing more in depth stuff and leave you with this -- it was a success. I had certain things in my head that I wanted to try again, and I accomplished them. I pushed past my apprehensions and fears and things WORKED this time. I couldn't be more pleased, and for the first time, I can see what I could do with this in my day-to-day jewelry business.
Cool things, man, cool things.