I guess that it goes without saying that calligraphy and engraving are my passion. And I have developed an interest in on-site events in and around Houston. I like to "do". I have been asked a number of times about teaching calligraphy and engraving classes here in Houston. However, although I have toyed with the idea, I never jumped into that arena. it hasn't really been an area of interest for me. I believe that the best teachers in any discipline should have at least 3 qualities:
1. Strong desire to teach
2. Extensive experience in the discipline (more than a few years in my view)
3. Better than average skill in that discipline
I have found that every teacher that I have learned from has exhibited these 3 qualities. I have also seen people begin to teach much earlier than they should. I think with the advent of social media, many people have received the "your work is great" along with a "like" and then believed that they should impart their wisdom on the world whether that is based in reality or just their (and their friends') minds. I never wanted to be that person that stepped out there as an "expert" unjustifiably so. I feel that I am still learning and therefore am constantly taking classes from leading penman around the world. In truth, I don't believe that my calligraphy work is there yet. Still needs fine-tuning. Also, the desire is not there for me as I absolutely enjoy "creating" work for my clients...not so much teaching.
At the same time, beginners will ask questions that I do feel qualified to clarify. Not necessarily answer, but clarify. One recent question was how to calligraph or engrave an ornamental, majuscule C. That, I can do. The video above is from a project of wine glasses. Even here, this C is not perfect. But it isn't too bad. Check it out!