At my school we have 5 shops, and I am the jewelry/metalsmithing teacher. I basically create the curriculum I want, and have total freedom to try any techniques and materials that I think the kids will dig, and dig they do...
The other cool part about my job is that I have had the opportunity to teach lots of other courses, art classes to glass shop classes. And, as all teachers know, prepping is essential, so I have to make lots of cool stuff for myself in order to come up with the projects I plan on doing with my kids. Plus, since my own art is no longer metalsmithing, I need to keep my soldering skills up, so I just must make cool stuff for myself...
|For my advanced class we make square rings where they learn a technique called scoring. The rings on the left I made when figuring out the best way to teach them how to score...so to speak...|
Rings are my favorite things to make and wear, and over the past 11 years I have made a lot of them. The kids love them too, these days we are all into wearing lots of stacked rings.
|In my advanced class they learn to set stones. Making these little stackables are their favorite things to make.|
|I have fairly long fingers so I can wear a pretty tall stack.|
|I can't believe I get paid to play around with resin!|
|A few years ago I taught a class about incorporating handmade glass elements into metal. I made the fused glass pieces in our glass shop, then had to come up with different ways of incorporating them with the metal work.|
|The idea on the left the kids can do, because there is no torch needed to incorporate the beads. The 2 others are really cool because the beads move back and forth and rotate around.|
I suspect you believe me when I say I fricken love my day job. I must add however, part of what makes it so great are the wonderful folks I work with, and yes, believe it or not, TEENAGERS ROCK!