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BUSINESS: Running Training Courses by Jo Whitehead of Glassprimitif


You are passionate about your craft and good at what you make but you are struggling to make a living from your skills. How can you supplement your income and make your craft pay? You may consider running a workshop or short course from your studio or for other organisations such as a community group.


I became interested in teaching after giving a short demonstration on silk painting about 20 years ago and, from there, I did a stint as a volunteer at the local adult literacy project to see if teaching suited me.


I studied for a Certificate in Adult Education at my local college and, since then, I have taught art from Foundation


level to pre-school.


However, before you open your front door to strangers think about why


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you want to teach and whether you will enjoy it.


Consider the following: • Are you happy to share your skills with others? • Do you like people enough to invite them into your home? • Are you organised and can you plan ahead?


• Is there a demand for courses in your craft?


Current trends show that ceramics, screen printing and silversmithing are very popular, but what about workshops on salt dough or scrap booking? Spend some time researching craft courses in your area and find out if there is a skills


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