My plan is to create a metalworking studio open to the public and offer classes for a small fee. I know times are tough and people can't necessarily afford things that aren't absolutely necessary; but I believe that art should always be an option.
I have been doing metalsmithing for 7 years and have experience teaching and maintaining a busy studio
My plan has always been to slowly build up a nice studio over time, and a little research showed me that a basic studio would cost about $5,000 total. With $25,000 I could make a complete, fully stocked and fully equipped studio!
metalworking skills such as casting a fine silver ring or welding steel into a sculpture can bring a great sense of accomplishment. Projects can be as difficult or simple as a person wants, so its a perfect medium for anyone to try.
I love creating amazing things with metal, and I would love to see other people having the tools and work space to fabricate their ideas too.
Hobbyists have no trouble finding studios that offer tools and classes for painting, ceramics, basket weaving etc. Unfortunately the tools and space for metalworking and sculpture are hard to come by and usually at a high expense.
I am offering to volunteer my time to bring the art of metalworking to students, parents, and even those who already have experience and just need to use the equipment. I can offer instruction, ensure the safe use of tools, and work on my own projects.
Outside of specialized classes, it would be an open studio without a predetermined end-product to allow the most possibilities. I have seen the most amazing and creative projects made when people have no restrictions on what they can make.
Who would say no to an open metalsmithing studio in their town?