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My guest this Thursday, July 26th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is David LaPlantz (aka D. D. Deco), an active, producing jeweler and metalsmith. He flirts back and forth between jewelry and social commentary sculpture.
About: David LaPlantz is included in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s Who in the West and was named Humboldt State University’s “Outstanding Professor” in 1981. He received a Fulbright Grant in 1985 to travel throughout New Zealand to conduct master jewelry workshops, and received the Humboldt State University “Scholar of the Year” Award in 1994.
From 1967 through 2002, LaPlantz led an energetic dual life as both a full time jewelry and metalsmithing teacher and full time studio artist. Balancing his precious time between the two, he carved out a career comprised of imparting knowledge and creating art jewelry and sculpture, while trying to retain his sanity. LaPlantz is currently a full time studio artist living on the high desert of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
LaPlantz has always been an active, productive jeweler and metalsmith. His most recent jewelry involves the use of Vegetable Ivory (tagua nut) and /or industrially painted aluminum, which he engraves, stacks and cold connects together. LaPlantz’s sculptural pieces visually explore more political and philosophical topics such as blacklisting in the entertainment industry, payola scandals in the music industry and in radio, along with the “spoken word” as demonstrated in his ‘Art Microphones.’
For more information, visit http://laplantzstudios.com/.
My guest on Thursday, April 3rd at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be metalsmith and artist Betty Helen Longhi.
About: Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who creates finely crafted jewelry and sculpture in gold, silver, and niobium and pewter. A master craftsman, Ms. Longhi incorporates various texturing techniques with forging, shell forming and die forming in her pieces. Her work is recognized for it's sculptural quality, flowing lines and subtle use of anodized niobium as a source of color.
Ms. Longhi's work has been exhibited at the Virginia Museum, Delaware Art Museum, American Craft Museum, South East Center for Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery Museum Shop as well as numerous retail galleries. She has marketed her work through the American Craft Council Fairs and Philadelphia and Smithsonian Craft Shows.
Ms. Longhi is a Distinguished Member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.She has received a number of awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship funded by the Delaware State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. A much sought after teacher, Ms. Longhi has lectured on Shell Forming for the Society of North American Goldsmiths and been guest artist at the Univ. of Wisconsin and the Maryland Institute of Art.
She has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley Craft Center and many more training centers in the USA and Canada. She maintains a studio and retail sales space in her lakeside home near Lexington, NC.
To learn more about Betty Helen and her work, visit: http://fluidformsinmetal.com/artist.html.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is jewelry artist Chi Galatea Huynh.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios’ Facebook Page.
About: Chi Galatea Huynh, the creator of Galatea, was born and raised in the jewelry industry. His father was a talented and widely respected jeweler. One day Chi’s father revealed the greatest mystery to him, what does it take to be a great jeweler? His father said, “If you want to be a great jeweler it takes skill and repetition. To be a ‘great jeweler’ also requires patience, dedication, courage and a special love for your trade. Having these qualities makes you worthy to work in my shop”.
Today at Galatea, they have more than jewelers, they have what they call an “Olympic” team of jewelers all of whom share this philosophy and love for the trade.
Galatea is widely known for their Diamond-In-A-Pearl collections and their Galatea Pearl collections. His jewelry creations are all truly works of art. “Galatea” was a statue that came to life, which arrived from Greek Mythology. As an artist, Chi wants his work to come to life.
To learn more, visit Galatea's website and Facebook Page.
Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT are Brigitte Martin, creator of crafthaus and SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) liaison and member, and Rachel Timmins, jewelry artist/body modificationist.
We encourage you to participate in this live interview by logging onto the chat room or sending a message to Whaley Studio's Facebook Page.
About Brigitte: Brigitte Martin is the creator and editor of crafthaus, a social network and online community for professional craft artists worldwide. She regularly contributes blogs and articles for the website, and helps artists connect across media and national boundaries. Brigitte lives with her husband, kids and dogs in Chicago, IL. She on the SNAG board of directors and is the author of the book "Humor in Craft"
About Rachel: Rachel Timmins earned her MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration) in December 2012 and her BFA in Metal/Jewelry Design with a Minor in Sculpture from Buffalo State College in 2009. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally in venues such as the National Gallery of Victoria, Snyderman-Works Gallery, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Design Museum London and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Rachel’s work can be seen in many publications such as Unexpected Pleasures published by Rizzoli Publications among others. She can be found lecturing on her work and other related topics as well as giving workshops across the United States at various institutions and universities. Vist her website for more information.
My Guest this Thursday, February 29th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is David Geller, the owner of Jewelry Artisans, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia.
About: David’s training started as a 10-year-old during the summers in his father’s jewelry wholesale manufacturing company. At the age of 16, David received a car for the sole purpose of coming to work after school.
The family has traced their roots back 14 generations in the jewelry field, going back through New York, Odessa Russia, Spain, France and England. In 1972 David worked for Neiman Marcus when they opened up in Atlanta as a jeweler and then started Jewelry Artisans, as a trade shop in 1974. Within a few short years, the company dropped the trade accounts, dealing full time with the retail end of the business. In 1999 Jewelry Artisans performed over 8800 job envelopes doing over 1.8 million in sales, with half of that coming from the bench.
Over the years, David developed a system of paying his jewelers on a commission basis, giving them the ability to make a very good living and assuring the store profits of about four times on their labor. The 300 page price book that was developed for his store has quickly become the “repair bible” for over 2000 stores across the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Guam.
David speaks to state jewelers organizations, at trade shows , and has three yearly all day seminars for the complete training of jewelers on how to price repairs and custom work.
For more about David, visit: http://www.jewelerprofit.com/Home.html.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PST/ 5:00 CST is artist and jeweler Jesse Bert.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending us your questions via social media (via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook ) or by logging onto the chat room.
Originally from the U.S, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina.
Jesse’s prefered work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects. Over the past five years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis, to students of all skill levels, at his private studio in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. He also teaches annual workshops around Mexico as well as in other countries.
“When I am not teaching or working on new pieces, I love to be outside. I tend to my cactus collection or spend time exploring the Mexican countryside and hiking in the mountains.”
Visit his website and Facebook Page.
My guest on Thursday, May 1st at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be jeweler, enamelist, metalsmith, artist, and naturalist David C. Freda.
Abou David: “Among the first images created by man were those of animals. One cannot trace the history of art without reference to the animal image. Since prehistoric times, the animal world has provided man the imagery by which to visually illuminate important aspects of himself and his life. The animal image provides a universal language that all cultures can share. Until the extinction of the last species, man will draw upon the animal world for inspiration.
I also probe the world of animals for my imagery. Bird watching, taxidermy, falconry, scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, and numerous other adventuresome activities have educated me enabling me to express the natural world in an artistic sense. My forms are a distillation of these experiences. Some compositions feature realistic “renderings” of animal forms while others are abstractions suggesting a particular theme and create from it an unexpected or surprising result.
To obtain this, I often juxtapose the animal image or abstraction using ancient processes with twentieth century materials such as fine metals, vitreous enamels, aluminum, acrylic, niobium, and so on, while maintaining the sense of a natural habitat via color, texture, and movement. I feel I share a kinship with artists of the past whose intimate knowledge of the natural world also provided them with their concepts..
To learn more about David, visit: http://www.davidcfreda.com.
Our guest on Metalsmiht Benchtalk on December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is author, metalsmith, designer and teacher Tim McCreight. This is an archived interview from 2009.
Tim received a BA from the College of Wooster in 1973 and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in 1975. He taught for twelve years at the Center for Crafts in Worcester, Massachusetts, and for the next fifteen years at Maine College of Art in Portland. Tim has been working in metals since 1970 and along the way has published more than a dozen books and made four videotapes. He served a term as president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and has has been on the boards of Haystack, the American Craft Council and the PMC Guild. He has taught workshops in the United States, England, Canada, Mexico, and Japan. He writes for several magazines and consults for industry.
For more information; see: http://www.brynmorgen.com/mccreight.html
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 22nd 2015 at 3:00 PST / 6:00 EST is couture jewelry artist Michell Pajak-Reynolds .
Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending your questions to us via social media ( Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) or by logging onto the chat room.
About : Michelle's formal jewelry and metalsmithing training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School and she went on to perfect her artistic and business skills via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace University
Michelle's jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors. Her pieces have been exhibited internationally and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra. Michelle's designs have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.
Michelle Pajak-Reynolds's work has been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and she is the winner of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Old Becomes New Design Challenge.
Photographs by Julie Stanley
My guest this Thursday, July 19th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jewelry designer, author, editor, and educator Christine Dhein. Christine returns to the show to share tips for working more sustainably, plus we'll talk about her new Green Jewerly Handbook and her plans for traveling to research sustainable and Fairtrade jewelry making practices around the world!
About: Christine Dhein is the assistant director and an instructor at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, in San Francisco, where she developed the curriculum for the first “green” jewelry class, a subject about which she has taught and lectured internationally. She is the author of numerous articles about environmentally friendly studio practices for jewelers, as well as founder and editor of Green Jewelry News. She has also produced two instructional DVDs on the ancient Korean technique, Keum-boo, which include information on how to recycle gold in a small-scale jewelry studio.
Christine’s jewelry has been exhibited throughout the the US, Europe, and Australia, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Her work can also been seen in numerous books and magazines including many of the Lark Books 500 Jewelry S“H eries, 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse,Jewlery from Found Objects, Art Jewelry Today 2, JCK Magazine, MJSA Journal, Metalsmith, and many more.”
For more information about Christine, visit christinedhein.com or http://greenjewelrynews.com.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is metal artist Anne M. Fiala.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or sending a message to the Whaley Studios' Facebook Page.
About: Anne M. Fiala is a maker and educator living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a BFA in Industrial Design and a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington.
In her work, Anne is an interdisciplinary artist who relies on instinct, process, and materials to create objects about memory and emotion.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in various publications and catalogues.
For more about Anne, visit her website and Facebook Page.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is New Zealand jeweler and taxidermist Julia deVille.
We invite you to participate in this live interview by logging onto the char-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
About Julia: Arriving in Australia from New Zealand on the cusp of adulthood, deVille trained as a jeweller and learned further crafting skills studying shoe design before her long hunt for a taxidermy mentorship was successful. Driven by a strong commitment to animal rights, deVille’s sculptural assemblages belie the heroic, trophy-hunting culture associated with mounting dead animals. In a form of gentle protest she combines precious gems and metals with antique ‘ready-mades’ to challenge our disregard for and consumption of both wild and domesticated fauna.
Commissioned by Hobart’s MONA to create a permanent installation in 2011, deVille also won the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2012. She has taken out the People’s Choice Award in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize twice, and in 2006 her work was included in the MCA’s important Primavera survey exhibition. deVille’s work was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012. She exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas.