So, you're interested in teaching at the Calontir Metal and Glassworkers' Symposium?
We're excited to have you! It's going to be a great time, and you're the reason.
This event is something special. The Symposium is dedicated to hands-on projects, where students get to try something out and take home a completed project. Where else can a student make a knife, beads, stained glass, cast medallions, stamp coins, or repoussé badges and take them home?
This year, we're dedicating the event to Theophilus, On Divers Arts, the premier medieval metal and glass working treatise. We are especially interested in having classes taught from the projects and techniques in this text!
Teaching at the Symposium
If you are interested, here's what you should do...
First, plan out the facilities and equipment you'll need. This is a primitive site, and tables, chairs, and electricity will all be limited. Some of these can be provided if you let us know in advance. We may even be able to provide access to specialized equipment. In 2008, one blacksmith graciously opened his forge to allow several classes to be taught at it.
Second, write our your class description, including any materials fee. Don't be dull and dry in your description. We want students to be excited to take your class!
A word on materials fees: don't be afraid to charge them, especially for a hands-on class. Last time, one class was $35 in materials costs and sold out. We'd rather have you charge for materials than not teach because of cost considerations.
Next, contact the event steward, you're sure you can teach it.
The Symposium is held at a privately owned property. We'll be out in the country, and the event will be a camping event. The site has a large permanent barn suitable for some indoor classes, and has several fields and a pond.
Water: Potable water is from an on-site cistern. It isn't bottomless, but is easily large enough for our needs. There is also a pond for large quantities of non-drinking water. If you expect to need a 1000-gallon slack tub, we'd prefer you use the pond. (If you have a project that needs a 1000-gallon slack tub, the event stewards want to take your class!)
Electricity: Electricity is available from the barn. Outlets are limited; if you expect to need electricity, let the event steward know early. If you need electricity but are teaching outside the barn, bring your own extension cord. We may have a few spares, but there are no guarantees.
Fire: There are no fire restrictions at this site. Just don't burn down the barn. (Don't take this as a challenge!)
We will have the usual Port-o-Johns on site. New this year, we will also have a shower trailer.