I am new here and fairly new to pottery as well. Recently just out of the blue sky I got this deep interest
towards this craft and now spending long hours researching the web and trying to find information about apprenticeship
opportunities. First of all, I am in Germany and am an EU citizen, but would like to know a little about the general situation
in the US. I have no art education and I really doubt I would want to go for a ceramics BA (at least at this point), for several
reasons. I would definitely prefer an apprenticeship straight away. Here in Germany there is an apprentice programme
supported by the government (with less and less money) where an apprentice spends 3 years in a workshop, gets paid
from day one (I'd say just enough for sustaining yourself) and has to follow a standard series of lectures as well.
Places for this kind of apprenticeship are really hard to come by, especially for me since I am not German and have
difficulties with the language as well. I have been looking the UK as well and my general picture is that most studio potters
prefer taking on "promising" students with a foundation course, but I assume places are scarce there as well.
So I was thinking maybe I could try the US, if there is a system that provides visa for apprentices. Could you give me
some directions where to look for information?
Or share your knowledge please, I would really appreciate it.
When doing apprenticeship in the US in general, does the apprentice get paid from the beginning? Is it enough to
get by (I mean meeting the minimum needs, which is basically food, shelter and perhaps a few extra necessities)?
Thank you for reading!