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JEWELER/METALSMITH, IN-DEPTH: Firing & Hammering Metal Into Something Beautiful

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Holly, a jeweler and an artist, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. It can be difficult for her to remain continually inspired now that art is her career, but she loves forming metal from a raw product into something beautiful, and it is all challenging and exciting for her.

Degree: Jewelry and Metal Arts
Job Title: Jeweler & Metalsmith

Job Summary: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Job Description

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time, Varies Widely, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, People skills, Hand-eye coordination

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fine Arts
Metal Working
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m='14090'>and</span> <span m='14310'>making</span> <span m='14640'>it</span> <span m='14710'>into</span> <span m='14910'>something</span> <span m='15310'>beautiful</span> <span m='16000'>and</span> <span m='16149'>unrecognizable</span> <span m='17110'>from</span> <span m='17560'>the</span> <span m='17710'>raw</span> <span m='18240'>product.</span> <span m='19710'>What</span> <span m='20000'>I</span> <span m='20070'>find</span> <span m='20510'>most</span> <span m='20890'>hard</span> <span m='21390'>is</span> <span m='21560'>keeping</span> <span m='21910'>myself</span> <span m='23110'>inspired</span> <span m='24490'>and</span> <span m='25220'>coming</span> <span m='25500'>up</span> <span m='25610'>with</span> <span m='25720'>new</span> <span m='25890'>ideas,</span> <span m='26650'>because</span> <span m='26930'>it</span> <span m='27050'>is</span> <span m='27340'>a</span> <span m='27390'>very</span> <span m='27660'>fresh</span> <span m='28940'>area</span> <span m='29480'>for</span> <span m='29610'>me.</span> <span m='30130'>So</span> <span m='30670'>constantly</span> <span m='31320'>having</span> <span m='31800'>to</span> <span m='32299'>think</span> <span m='32549'>originally</span> <span m='33360'>is</span> <span m='33530'>kind</span> <span m='33770'>of</span> <span m='33840'>hard.</span> <span m='34340'>But</span> <span m='35190'>it</span> <span m='35380'>makes</span> <span m='35640'>it</span> <span m='35720'>exciting</span> <span m='36280'>as</span> <span m='36410'>well,</span> <span m='36800'>and</span> <span m='36880'>I</span> <span m='36950'>really</span> <span m='37250'>enjoy</span> <span m='37610'>the</span> <span m='37760'>challenge</span> <span m='38980'>of</span> <span m='40490'>testing</span> <span m='40930'>my</span> <span m='41070'>brain</span> <span m='41620'>to</span> <span m='41720'>see</span> <span m='41890'>how</span> <span m='42050'>far</span> <span m='42400'>I</span> <span m='42450'>can</span> <span m='42680'>push</span> <span m='42960'>myself.</span> </p><p><span m='44490'>My</span> <span m='44810'>key</span> <span m='44940'>decision</span> <span m='45690'>in</span> <span m='46600'>going</span> <span m='47120'>to</span> <span m='47500'>art</span> <span m='47750'>school</span> <span m='49080'>really</span> <span m='49470'>came</span> <span m='49780'>from</span> <span m='50980'>the</span> <span m='51070'>pressure</span> <span m='51790'>that</span> <span m='51930'>I</span> <span m='52000'>felt</span> <span m='52360'>from</span> <span m='52450'>my</span> <span m='52620'>parents.</span> <span m='54010'>I</span> <span m='54440'>didn't</span> <span m='54730'>enjoy</span> <span m='55860'>grade</span> <span m='56150'>school</span> <span m='56490'>at</span> <span m='56650'>all,</span> <span m='57070'>as</span> <span m='57230'>I am</span> <span m='57490'>sure</span> <span m='57950'>most</span> <span m='58290'>people</span> <span m='58630'>don't.</span> <span m='60040'>But</span> <span m='60170'>it's</span> <span m='60310'>really</span> <span m='60560'>important</span> <span m='61010'>to</span> <span m='61140'>get</span> <span m='61410'>through.</span> <span m='61620'>So</span> <span m='61830'>after</span> <span m='62290'>I</span> <span m='62380'>got</span> <span m='62710'>through</span> <span m='63310'>grade</span> <span m='63600'>school</span> <span m='63920'>and</span> <span m='64019'>graduated</span> <span m='64450'>from</span> <span m='64599'>high</span> <span m='64720'>school,</span> <span m='65260'>my</span> <span m='65390'>parents</span> <span m='66110'>told</span> <span m='66450'>me</span> <span m='66660'>that</span> <span m='67440'>anything</span> <span m='68110'>that</span> <span m='68300'>I</span> <span m='68440'>wanted</span> <span m='68830'>to</span> <span m='68950'>do</span> <span m='69290'>that</span> <span m='69490'>would</span> <span m='69770'>result</span> <span m='70270'>in</span> <span m='70360'>a</span> <span m='70430'>college</span> <span m='70930'>degree,</span> <span m='71990'>they</span> <span m='72250'>would</span> <span m='72550'>support</span> <span m='72980'>me</span> <span m='73310'>100%.</span> </p><p><span m='74840'>So</span> <span m='75570'>scrambling</span> <span m='76170'>around</span> <span m='76960'>and</span> <span m='77840'>looking</span> <span m='78110'>at</span> <span m='78190'>all</span> <span m='78350'>these</span> <span m='78590'>college</span> <span m='79050'>brochures,</span> <span m='79790'>I</span> <span m='79890'>finally</span> <span m='80310'>got</span> <span m='80610'>a</span> <span m='80660'>post</span> <span m='80930'>card</span> <span m='81140'>in</span> <span m='81220'>the</span> <span m='81290'>mail</span> <span m='81580'>randomly</span> <span m='82300'>one</span> <span m='82550'>day</span> <span m='82850'>from</span> <span m='83000'>my</span> <span m='83220'>school.</span> <span m='84350'>And</span> <span m='84730'>that's</span> <span m='85040'>when</span> <span m='85400'>I</span> <span m='85480'>connected</span> <span m='85940'>the</span> <span m='86030'>dots</span> <span m='86490'>that</span> <span m='86870'>you</span> <span m='86960'>can</span> <span m='87160'>get</span> <span m='87510'>a</span> <span m='87560'>Bachelors</span> <span m='88100'>of</span> <span m='88200'>Fine</span> <span m='88420'>Arts</span> <span m='88780'>in</span> <span m='89070'>metalsmithing.</span> <span m='90460'>So</span> <span m='90940'>I</span> <span m='91290'>went</span> <span m='91510'>to</span> <span m='91610'>my</span> <span m='91760'>dad,</span> <span m='92270'>who</span> <span m='92510'>is</span> <span m='93080'>just</span> <span m='93410'>a</span> <span m='93500'>businessman.</span> <span m='94260'>And</span> <span m='94640'>I</span> <span m='94760'>was like,</span> <span m='95010'>Dad,</span> <span m='95410'>I</span> <span m='95560'>really</span> <span m='96800'>need</span> <span m='97060'>to</span> <span m='97160'>go</span> <span m='97290'>to</span> <span m='97340'>art</span> <span m='97580'>school</span> <span m='97860'>and</span> <span m='98040'>be</span> <span m='98220'>my</span> <span m='98430'>own</span> <span m='98600'>person.</span> <span m='99440'>And</span> <span m='99910'>he</span> <span m='100100'>was</span> <span m='100360'>not</span> <span m='100560'>having</span> <span m='100910'>it.</span> <span m='101230'>So</span> <span m='101530'>I</span> <span m='101620'>had</span> <span m='101800'>to</span> <span m='101930'>write</span> <span m='102150'>him</span> <span m='102510'>this</span> <span m='102700'>proposal</span> <span m='103470'>about</span> <span m='103740'>how</span> <span m='104100'>I</span> <span m='104230'>was</span> <span m='104460'>going</span> <span m='104700'>to</span> <span m='104790'>succeed.</span> <span m='105760'>And</span> <span m='105890'>I</span> <span m='105950'>did,</span> <span m='106440'>and</span> <span m='106580'>he</span> <span m='106690'>believed</span> <span m='107160'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='107510'>And</span> <span m='109290'>both</span> <span m='109520'>of</span> <span m='109580'>my</span> <span m='109710'>parents</span> <span m='110090'>are</span> <span m='110190'>thrilled</span> <span m='110660'>with</span> <span m='110770'>what</span> <span m='110940'>I'm</span> <span m='111080'>doing,</span> <span m='111400'>which</span> <span m='111590'>makes</span> <span m='111810'>me</span> <span m='112080'>happy</span> <span m='112680'>as</span> <span m='112830'>well.</span> <span m='113240'>So</span> <span m='113630'>it's</span> <span m='113770'>very</span> <span m='114000'>important</span> <span m='114560'>to--</span> <span m='117540'>don't</span> <span m='119110'>leave</span> <span m='119400'>out</span> <span m='119700'>any</span> <span m='119960'>options.</span> <span m='120620'>Consider</span> <span m='121040'>all</span> <span m='121220'>options.</span> <span m='122080'>And</span> <span m='122470'>even</span> <span m='122710'>if</span> <span m='122830'>something</span> <span m='123300'>is</span> <span m='123460'>very</span> <span m='124100'>small</span> <span m='124520'>in</span> <span m='124600'>your</span> <span m='124760'>life</span> <span m='125200'>and</span> <span m='125300'>you</span> <span m='125400'>don't</span> <span m='125790'>think</span> <span m='126040'>that</span> <span m='126460'>could</span> <span m='127260'>bring</span> <span m='127520'>you</span> <span m='128410'>a</span> <span m='128539'>living</span> <span m='129830'>later</span> <span m='130220'>in life,</span> <span m='130580'>you</span> <span m='130940'>never</span> <span m='131230'>know.</span> <span m='132210'>Because</span> <span m='132870'>this</span> <span m='133120'>world</span> <span m='133430'>is</span> <span m='133590'>full</span> <span m='133820'>of</span> <span m='133920'>opportunities,</span> <span m='134980'>and</span> <span m='135860'>it's</span> <span m='136100'>crazy</span> <span m='136460'>that</span> <span m='136610'>I</span> <span m='136690'>found</span> <span m='137060'>mine</span> <span m='137650'>in</span> <span m='137870'>art,</span> <span m='138510'>which</span> <span m='138720'>I</span> <span m='138760'>never</span> <span m='139010'>thought</span> <span m='139300'>I</span> <span m='139360'>would</span> <span m='139510'>be</span> <span m='139680'>able</span> <span m='139860'>to</span> <span m='139990'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='141150'>It</span> <span m='141330'>is</span> <span m='141700'>quite</span> <span m='142080'>hard</span> <span m='142560'>to</span> <span m='142730'>find</span> <span m='143480'>a</span> <span m='143610'>job</span> <span m='144200'>or</span> <span m='144570'>representation</span> <span m='145630'>in</span> <span m='145700'>a</span> <span m='145770'>gallery.</span> <span m='148550'>You have</span> <span m='148970'>to</span> <span m='149080'>really</span> <span m='149330'>put</span> <span m='149590'>yourself</span> <span m='150260'>out</span> <span m='150580'>there,</span> <span m='151030'>and</span> <span m='151280'>you</span> <span m='151370'>can't</span> <span m='151730'>be</span> <span m='151880'>afraid</span> <span m='152450'>of</span> <span m='152540'>being</span> <span m='152980'>turned</span> <span m='153360'>down.</span> <span m='153685'>And</span> <span m='154010'>you</span> <span m='154190'>can't</span> <span m='154460'>be</span> <span m='154580'>afraid</span> <span m='154860'>of</span> <span m='154940'>what</span> <span m='155090'>people</span> <span m='155360'>think</span> <span m='155650'>of</span> <span m='155750'>you.</span> <span m='157780'>It's</span> <span m='158000'>all</span> <span m='158240'>about</span> <span m='159180'>presenting</span> <span m='159640'>yourself,</span> <span m='160760'>feeling</span> <span m='161120'>confident</span> <span m='161670'>about</span> <span m='161920'>what</span> <span m='162090'>you're</span> <span m='162330'>doing,</span> <span m='163250'>knowing</span> <span m='163720'>that</span> <span m='164010'>what</span> <span m='164240'>you're</span> <span m='164430'>doing</span> <span m='165000'>mean</span> <span m='165300'>something</span> <span m='165900'>to</span> <span m='166030'>someone.</span> <span m='166375'>You</span> <span m='166720'>just</span> <span m='166930'>have</span> <span m='167140'>to</span> <span m='167270'>find</span> <span m='167840'>that</span> <span m='168110'>someone.</span> <span m='168540'>And</span> <span m='169050'>that's</span> <span m='169330'>part</span> <span m='169500'>of</span> <span m='169590'>the</span> <span m='169710'>exciting</span> <span m='170170'>thing.</span> <span m='170500'>Just</span> <span m='170960'>the</span> <span m='171130'>mystery</span> <span m='171860'>and</span> <span m='172680'>the</span> <span m='172790'>uncertainty</span> <span m='173730'>of</span> <span m='173830'>it</span> <span m='173980'>all</span> <span m='174350'>kind</span> <span m='174590'>of--</span> <span m='175300'>it</span> <span m='175660'>makes</span> <span m='176170'>it</span> <span m='176270'>really</span> <span m='176500'>exciting</span> <span m='177000'>for</span> <span m='177160'>me.</span> </p>","file":{"id":385826,"video_id":"3432772904001","name":"2465-Holly-JewelryMetalArts2","duration":178214,"thumbnail_url":null}});