Tori Rushing is the Director for the new Denver Jewelry Studio, teaches introductory Metalsmithing, Chainmaille, and Rails Ring workshops, and helps out in the office as needed.
"My teaching opportunities began in 1995 after earning a degree in Education from the Community College of the Air Force. I learned to teach while serving my country on active duty, and remember getting very little sleep for several years during the process. My other degrees are in Education and Instructor of Technology and Military Science from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas."
"A solid foundation for anything you do is the key to success. In Metals I, I teach our students the 'alphabet', so they can 'learn to read'. In Metals II, they use their new 'reading skills' to begin to write their own sentences, which rapidly turn into real works of art, sometimes even novels. From there they can take those skills in almost any conceivable direction, and make their own worlds come to life. I love to watch people learn--it fascinates me. To be able to start someone on a true journey to self discovery is a joy to witness. The talent that comes through our doors at DJS is exceptional, and we all learn so much from one another. Helping others to find their creativity in working with metals keeps me young!"
Safety is one of my main focuses while teaching the basics. There just isn't any point to this if you aren't going to be around in a year because you weren't taught how to do this carefully. Some folks are never given those tools. We give you as many as we know about so you can be successful and safe for years to come.
Questions related to the workshop content are always welcome, and I enjoy showing participants how to troubleshoot any issues that arise during training. I have no problem repeating myself as often as needed so everyone can absorb the information at their own pace.
Happily married since 2007, I live on a small piece of land with my husband and our many animals. If the winds carry you east of Denver, you might find us on the homestead we have named Nowhere.