Arrowmont to stay put!

In a historic decision, the Board of Governors of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts has voted to keep the nationally renowned center for contemporary craft education at its current location in Gatlinburg, TN. Gatlinburg has been the home of the school since its...

Find an apprentice or mentor!

A question that comes up regularly on Orchid is “how do I find an apprenticeship?” and the few people who’ve had one chime in and say, “have some skills to offer, go forth and be bold, and good luck to ya, kid.” Now there’s an...

Where to Learn to Weld in Chicago

There’s a new place in town to learn to weld: Pumping Station One, a hacker space on Elston. Other choices include Fire Arts Center of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center, or your local community college.

Where can I study metalsmithing?

Here’s a question that often comes up on lists — where can one go to earn a degree in metalsmithing, or take a class, or learn a specific skills, such as casting? Here’s a round up of some websites with comprehensive lists of schools. See also the...

Advice for High School Metalsmiths

I met a friend of a friend who’s taking metalsmithing at the same high school I went to. I’m always happy for people who start metalsmithing young, since the learning curve is so long. Naturally, I have a ton of resources I want to share with her....