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Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST are lapidary artists and jewelers Tom and Kay Benham.
Please join us for this LIVE interview and participate by logging onto the chat room at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message directly to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
About Tom and Kay:
Tom has been a lapidary and jeweler for more than forty years. Kay, the beneficiary of his creations over the years, eventually yielded to the lure of creating jewelry and joined Tom in the workshop.
Over the past 15 years, Tom and Kay have had more than 50 lapidary and metalsmithing articles and projects published in the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Since January 2002, they have co-edited a monthly column in which they field questions and offer advice on a variety of jewelry making topics.
They taught Intarsia classes for several years and currently teach Chasing & Repoussé classes at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. In addition, Tom and Kay have taught Chasing & Repoussé and metalworking and lapidary workshops for The Florida Society of Goldsmiths; Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, TX; Denver School of Metal Arts, Denver, CO; and for gem & mineral societies in Florida and Texas.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM PST is award-winning jewelry designer and gem cutter, gemologist John Heusler.
If you have questions for John during the LIVE conversation, please join the chat room at Blogtalkradio.com or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
John F. Heusler, G. G. (GIA) is a gemologist, jewelry designer, and lapidary who has been cutting gems and making jewelry for over 45 years. He is an award-winning designer for both his jewelry design and gem cutting. He owned and operated a fine jewelry store in St. Louis, MO, for 31 years. John has a Facebook page, Heusler Academy, where he shows his newest creations. He teaches classes in jewelry design, lapidary, and carving gemstones. John has traveled to locations all over the world to collect gems. He digs many of his own gemstones which he cuts and sells online, at fine art shows, and at gem and mineral shows. His newest discoveries are Jessite and Kaily Agate, which are named after his two daughters Jessica and Kaily. He has written "how-to" tutorials and in-depth articles for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist on both gems that were featured in 2014.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 3:00pm PST is Helen Driggs, the Senior Editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, as well as a metalsmith, artist, and instructor.
If you have a question for Helen during the LIVE conversation, please join us in the chatroom on Blogtalkradio.com or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
"I am formally educated as an illustrator, however my need to explore science, the natural world, and 3D object creation has inspired me to enter the alchemical world of the metalsmith. I fabricate my metalwork from raw materials and do the lapidary work and cutting for most of my own stones.
I have studied independently with some of the most talented metalsmith/jewelers of our time: Michael Boyd, Michael Good, Jim Dailing, Harold O’Connor, Bob Ebendorf, Todd Reed, Alan Revere, Julie Jerman-Melka, Mary Ann Scherr, Betty Helen Longhi, Cynthia Eid, Michael David Sturlin and Marcia Lewis. I owe them the debt of honor and gratitude for their teachings."
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith, author and teacher Joanna Gollberg.
Please join us for this LIVE interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message directly to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
In 1997, Joanna received a jewelry design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Upon graduating, she founded Joanna Gollberg Jewelry.
Joanna is a well-known author. She has written four books on making handcrafted jewelry--Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry, and The Ultimate Jeweler's Guide --all titles published by Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, Inc.
Joanna teaches jewelry making at noted craft institutions, such as the Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Her jewelry has been published in Art Jewelry Magazine, Lapidary Journal, Ornament Magazine, 1000 Rings, 500 Wedding Rings, 500 Enameled Objects, and 21st Century Jewelry, among many other titles.
Joanna's genuine love for materials and techniques makes her company unique.She was voted Best Jewelry Artist/Designer in Asheville for 2014.
We are made of stardust - the same ingredients as the Earth. Our bodies long to live in harmony with the vibration of the earth and one of the best ways to strengthen that connection is with crystals.
This week on Talk-N-Angels Radio Show, we invite Dee McFadden as our guest to teach us more about the mineral kingdom and the amazing ways crystals can enhance our human experience.
Our busy lives connect us to technology more than ever before. It's important for us to reconnect to nature, as we all call Earth home. Earth is a megaton battery whose natural energy can heal us emotionally and physically.
Dee dreams of stones and receives messages from them. During a session, she connects to your energy through the stones and selects stones that bring harmony & balance to your life. Dee studied Reiki healing in California and it changed her life. She loves teaching this meditative art and sharing this energy. Dee makes healing stone jewelry and her online crystal shop sells crystals that come from miner and lapidary friends straight from Earth the way God intended them to be without modification.
For more information please visit Dee's websitewww.terraaurumcompany.com
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PST/ 6:00 EST is jewelry artist Noël Yovovich, a 2013 Saul Bell Award Finalist.Please join us for this live broadcast and participate by logging into the chatroom or by sending a message to the Whaley Studio’s Facebook Page.
About: Noel Yovovich lives and works in Evanston, Illinois, but draws much of her inspiration from her childhood in rural Florida. The locale was popular as an over-winter and retirement spot for traveling circus and carney performers. This colorful beginning was followed by study culminating in a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Chicago, and the professional pursuit of art ever since. Landscapes and intimate still-lives predominate in intricate jewelry, much of which uses carefully-controlled anodization of titanium, combined with sterling silver, plus gold, copper, and/or stones, to produce works with surprising detail and illusion of depth. Noël Yovovich has taught teens and adults for many years at the Evanston Art Center as well as the Bead & Button Show, BeadFests, and schools around the country. President of the Chicago Metal Arts Guild, contributing editor of Art Jewelry Magazine and Lapidary Journal/ Jewelry Artist Magazine.
For more info. please visit Noël’s website and Facebook page.
Join us and our guest, John Martin, to talk about the Nashville Lapidary Society. Learn all about those gorgeous stones you've been wondering about. We'll be talking about the equipment available to cut and facet your owns stones. Caller welcome!
My guest on Thursday, April 17th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be jeweler, designer, and educator Jayne Redman.
About: “Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and the fullness of flower buds inspire my jewelry. I enjoy integrating mechanics with design, allowing each piece to function in a visually intriguing way. I work with multiples of the same shape, engineering them to fit precisely, giving an abstract interpretation of their botanical source. Many years of metalsmithing have taught me the power of simplicity. My forms begin as flat metal shapes and arrive as small sculptures. Their complexity is in their conception as curving planes of origami.”
Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her career in New York as a design and production assistant in the fashion jewelry industry. She started her company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. Jayne began developing the Floraforms™ Collection in 1995. In 1998, the American Craft Council selected a piece from her collection as “representative of the quality of work found at all ACC events” to use in advertising their wholesale markets.
Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines as well as a number of books. Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals and teaches workshops nationally. She maintains a studio in southern Maine and is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.
To learn more about Jayne, visit: http://www.jayneredmanjewelry.com.
My Guest this Thursday, January 10th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Designer and Instructor Brad Smith, who runs the popular Facebook site Bench Tips. About: Bradford Smith is a studio jeweler, lapidary, and jewelry instructor based in Santa Monica, California. He works with silver, gold, exotic woods, bone, fossil ivory, and meteorite. His teaching career started with the Los Angeles school system where he taught "Advanced Jewelry" in the Adult Education Department for eight years. In 2009, he designed and built a new jewelry facility at Santa Monica's Adult Education Center where he currently teaches beginning and advanced classes. As a long-time member of the Culver City Rock Club, Brad has taught lapidary skills, led field trips to the Mojave Desert, organized gem and mineral shows, and held many positions, including club President. He is a member of the Metal Arts Society of Southern California where he served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors. There he organized workshops with nationally known jewelry artists. Smith's Step-by-Step article on broom casting was published in the inaugural issue of Interweave's "Jewelry Artist" magazine. "Bench Tips for Jewelry Making: 101 Useful Tips from Brad Smith" is his debut how-to book. Smith has nearly completed his second book, a memoir titled "HayWire! What 26 rescue horses, 12 cats, 10 dogs, a cow, and a pig taught me". For more info, visit: https://www.facebook.com/BenchTips.
This Thursday, November 1st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk, we'll be going back into the archives for one of our favorite past episodes- a chat from earlier in 2012 with Seattle-based photographer Doug Yaple. Bio: Early in his career, Doug became friends with a couple of influential artists who helped shed light on the niche market referred to as craft or art photography which, in reality, is a nuanced from of product photography. Examples of resulting images have been published in magazines (Ornament, Metalsmith, Lapidary Journal) as well as over forty books published by Schiffer Publishing, Brynmorgan Press, Lark Publishing and Interweave Press. A few years back he began working directly with publishers on step-by-step instructional art process books. Notable among these is Ronna Sarvas Weltman's elegant "Ancient Modern, Polymer Clay and Wire Jewelry." Most recently he worked with Nancy Megan Corwin on her thorough instructional text titled: Chasing and Repousee: Methods Ancient and Modern publushed by Brymorgan Press and on metalsmith's bookshelves everywhere. He also worked with Mary Lee Hu on her retrospective, "Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: the Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu", due this month and is published by the Bellevue Art Museum of Bellevue, WA. For more about Doug, visit www.dougyaple.com.
My Guest this Thursday, April 12th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Seattle-based photographer Doug Yaple. Bio: Early in his career, Doug became friends with a couple of influential artists who helped shed light on the niche market referred to as craft or art photography which, in reality, is a nuanced from of product photography. Examples of resulting images have been published in magazines (Ornament, Metalsmith, Lapidary Journal) as well as over forty books published by Schiffer Publishing, Brynmorgan Press, Lark Publishing and Interweave Press. A few years back he began working directly with publishers on step-by-step instructional art process books. Notable among these is Ronna Sarvas Weltman's elegant "Ancient Modern, Polymer Clay and Wire Jewelry." Most recently he worked with Nancy Megan Corwin on her thorough instructional text titled: Chasing and Repousee: Methods Ancient and Modern publushed by Brymorgan Press and on metalsmith's bookshelves everywhere. He also worked with Mary Lee Hu on her retrospective, "Knitted, Knotted, Twisted & Twined: the Jewelry of Mary Lee Hu", due this month and is published by the Bellevue Art Museum of Bellevue, WA. For more about Doug, visit www.dougyaple.com.
On the Thursday, September 2nd broadcast, at 3PM PDT/6PM EDT, and for an unprecedented 3rd encore appearance, my guest is internationally acclaimed artist, educator, author and publisher Victoria Lansford. For more information, see: http://www.victorialansford.com/index.html. Victoria creates one-of-a-kind wearable pieces of art and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters, yet are infused with her own provocative vision. She has pushed the boundaries of design and execution in many old world techniques, including high relief Eastern repoussé, Russian filigree, chain making, and granulation in over 20 years of comprehensive exploration of metal as art. Her instructional publications in the series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, including Russian Filigree (DVD, 2006), Rings (DVD, 2008), All Chained Up (paperback, 2008), and the latest edition Eastern Repoussé and Chasing (DVD, 2009) have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia & North and South America. She has also recently released an application for the Apple iPhone™ iMakeJewelry available at the Apple AppStore. Victoria's award winning work has appeared in juried and curated shows throughout the US and has been featured in many books and magazines, including Metalsmith magazine’s 2007 Exhibition in Print, Chasing & Repoussé by Nancy Megan Corwin, Brynmorgan Press (2009), The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook, by Brandon Holschuh, Quarry Books (2009), multiple issues of Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, Art Jewelry magazine, and on Home & Garden Television’s 2007 season of That’s Clever. A long time educator in the arts, she is committed to sustaining ancient techniques by passing on this ancient knowledge to other artists. She served as head of the Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta from 1997 to 2004, creating its comprehensive program, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Join us!
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