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  • 01:00

    Metalsmith BenchTalk with jeweler and metalsmith David LaPlantz

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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/.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Mixed Media Artists Kranitsky and Overstreet

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    Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday May 21st, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST are ceramic and metal artists Kranitsky and Overstreet. 


    We invite you to listen and participate in this live interview by logging onto the chatroom on Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  


    About:


    The creative collaboration between Kranitzky and Overstreet began in 1985 when a mutual interest in ceramics prompted them to create mixed-media jewelry to raise funds for a kiln. The serendipitous flourishing of this project launched their collaborative venture known then as Lost & Found. Over the years their jewelry has evolved into intricate, narrative brooches which are now in permanent museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Collection: National Museum of Contemporary American Craft and the Design Museum Helsinki, Finland. Robin and Kim have participated in many exhibitions over the years and their work is featured in numerous publications. The Kranitzky & Overstreet studio is located in Richmond, Virginia, USA.


    Website

  • 00:54

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jewelry Artist, Writer and Teacher Julia Lowther

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday May 21st, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is jewelry artist Julia Lowther.


    We invite you to listen to this LIVE interview and participate in this live interview by logging onto the chatroom on Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  


     


    About Julia:


    "I was born in rural Virginia. At 8, I moved with my family to the remote Quaker community of Monteverde in the tropical mountains of Costa Rica. If things broke, you fixed them, if you needed something you didn’t have, you created it out of what you did have or did without it. From this up bringing I inherited a delight in the engineering puzzles of inventing and building, and an easy patience with the general processes of making things.


     


    Growing up, my hands were always busy with embroidery, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber arts. I received professional instruction in painting and drawing as well, but only discovered metal work and jewelry when I moved to Seattle, Washington in 1996. Early in my experiments with metal I gravitated to chains.  The manual dexterity gained from decades of handwork and needlework served me well, and translated nicely to linking and knitting with wire.


     


    Today I still live in Seattle, now writing articles and teaching classes on chain making, with work showcased in numerous books & magazines."


    Website   ShoeBoxStudio


     


     

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with jeweler Todd Reed

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST  is jeweler Todd Reed, best known for his innovative use of raw diamonds.


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 


    About Todd:


    In 1992, Todd introduced the aesthetic of the raw diamond to the fine jewelry industry. With designs that challenge the common perception of luxury jewelry, Todd's work is one-of-a-kind wearable art for the true individual.


    Todd pulls inspiration from the endless beauty found in nature--the most intricate details of the natural world can spawn an entire collection. Since the beginning, Todd has been involved in every step of the process. All pieces are inspired, designed and hand-fabricated in Boulder, CO and Venice, CA with recycled metals and diamonds that have been purchased through reputable sources.


     


    At a very young age, Todd Reed was introduced to the world of fine art. His mother, a renowned commercial illustrator, ensured that Todd’s childhood was filled with creative work. When Todd was 10 years old, he witnessed a silversmith at work, and it forever changed his perception of design. “I watched in awe as this man turned sheet metal into body adornment in what seemed to be a very short amount of time,” says Reed.


    Throughout his adolescence and early adulthood, Todd was drawn to creative arts such as culinary arts, painting, sculpting, clothing design, leather work and eventually, jewelry design. While in his teens, he graduated from culinary school with a developed appreciation for process before result.


    Visit www.toddreed.com for more information


     

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith BenchTalk: metalsmith and artist Betty Helen Longhi

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    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.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with sculptor Kevin Caron of Arizona

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday April 9th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is sculptor Kevin Caron.


     


    We invite you to listen and participate in this live interview by logging onto the chatroom on Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  


     


    Kevin Caron is a sculptor from Phoenix, Arizona. He has created more than 40 private and public commissioned works which are on display across the United States. His public art  sculpture Hands On won 17th Annual Best of the West Arts & Culture Award for 2009. He works primarily in fabricated steel.


     


    Caron was born on February 2, 1960. He moved to Arizona with his family in 1973. He served six years in the US Navy, where he worked in machine shops, and aircraft maintenance yards. He was honorably discharged in 1983.


     


    He managed a car repair shop, and in between jobs, built his own vehicle. His career as a sculptor was inspired by his work on a privacy screen. When he had completed the screen, he visualized a fountain made from the same material. Caron became a full-time artist in 2006.


     


    As he launched his art career, he also began a YouTube channel, adding a video each week. By August 2013, the channel had more than 300 videos, more than 15,000 subscribers and 5 million views. He lists M.C. Escher and Antoine Pevsner among his design inspirations.


     


    Website: www.kevincaron.com 

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith Benchtalk: Past Favorites with Enamel Jewelry Artist Michael Romanik

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    This Thursday, May 7th, 2015  at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk we'll go back into the archives for a Past Favorites epiosde with artist Michael Romanik. Since 1992, Michael has created production, 'limit-production' and one-of-a-kind cloisonne' enamel jewelry. 


     


    About: As a student studying enameling in art school, I became intrigued with the technique of cloisonne', creating linear designs and images with flat wire embedded between layers of colored granular glass. This was my first introduction to enameling. In my pursuit to learn more about this medium and wanting to perfect my skills with it, I spent many years researching and experimenting with this art form.


     


    Some early inspiration for my work was derived from my interest in the objects and images of ancient cultures: the grandeur of ancient Egypt, the colorful painted relief carvings on Mayan architecture, the symbols of the Celts. Recent inspiration comes from nature: the vibrant plumage of a songbird, the delicate markings of a butterfly wing, the gentle curve of a small branch. A new interest is the repetitive geometric patterns and motifs of Asian and Indian textiles.


     


    I was born in 1966 and raised in the Cleveland OH area.  My home and studio are in East Cleveland.  I am a 1989 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA Degree in Drawing and minors in both Printmaking and Glass.  I am a recipient of a 2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship, generously funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, and the residents of Cuyahoga County OH


     


    For more info, visit: http://www.michaelromanik.com/.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Originator of Mokume Gane, George Sawyer

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is award winning jeweler and metalsmith George Sawyer. 


    We welcome your participation! Log into the chatroom or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you have a question for George during the interview! 


    George Sawyer is the Society of North American Goldsmith’s winner of this year’s Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metal. He is the originator and internationally recognized master of gold mokume gane or "wood-grain metal".


    George Sawyer designs Mirror ImageTM wedding and commitment rings, earrings, pendants, men's jewelry, custom pieces and other unique wearable fine art.


    Looking at George Sawyer’s mesmerizing work is like gazing at clouds – you can see almost anything: water, wood, silk.


    “I have always loved the refinement, color and subtlety of Japanese art. Here are some historic pieces of Japanese art metalwork, all


     relating to the art of the sword, that have inspired my work.The pieces have a wonderful harmony of composition, color,


      sculptural shape and fulfillment of purpose.”


    http://www.georgesawyer.com


     

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Artist and Oklahoma Professor of Art, Chris Ramsay.

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 3:00 PM PST/ 5:00 PM CST is Chris Ramsay, artist and Professor of Art at Oklahoma State University, where he teaches metals and jewelry courses.  Ramsay's artwork is composed with objects that he has collected and arranged to pursue his interests in conservation, life cycles, and his relationship to nature. 


    Professor Ramsay has taught at Oklahoma State University since 1990 and served as the Head of the OSU Art Department from Fall 2008-Fall 2012. Ramsay has taught workshops in numerous locations around the world and during the summer of 2008 taught jewelry making classes for the University of Georgia, Study Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Ramsay has been awarded artist-in-residencies at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, in Portland, OR. and Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island, Maine and was awarded an Open Studio Residency at Haystack School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. His artwork is in several personal collections and the permanent collections of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK., Children’s Hospitals of Cleveland, OH., and the botanical gardens of Southern Living Magazine, in Birmingham, AL.


     “As an artist I am concerned with the subtle, yet, dramatic relationship between all components of our environment. To fulfill the requirements of this idea, my artwork utilizes a variety of media, form, and scale. I integrate collected objects into my work as a metaphor for the cycle of change that all materials and objects are affected by, including myself. ”


    Chris Ramsay:  Meditations in Stillwater will feature more than 30 works from the past two decades by artist and OSU professor Chris Ramsay.  


    http://ramsayart.com


     

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with San Francisco Jewelry Artist Sarah Graham

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchalk on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM PST is San Fancisco jewerly artist, Sarah Graham. 


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message to Whaley Studio's via Facebook Instgram or Twitter. 


    About Sarah:


    By incorporating innovative materials with her exceptional design sense, Sarah Graham creates jewelry that is unlike anything else; organic, textural, with a muted palate that is subtly feminine, yet substantial; unique, yet universal in its appeal. The natural inspiration behind the jewelry – whether cast directly from Jacaranda Pods and decayed wood or rendered in wax from a microscopic view of single cell marine organisms – gives her designs a texture and feel that makes them infinitely wearable. But it is the matte black finish of oxidized cobalt chrome juxtaposed with 18k yellow, rose and white gold, set with colored diamonds, that is its’ most eye-catching element.


    Sarah’s statement making jewelry is exciting and elegant with a constant stream of new designs flowing from her studio every year. This, along with Sarah’s unique combination of business and retail experience, traveling, a rigorous apprenticeship and her dedication to providing amazing customer service to her clients, ensure many more years of success for Sarah Graham Metalsmithing.


    Sarah is currently vice president of the American Jewelry Design Council. She currently resides in San Francisco , CA  and works with a staff of seven at her Dog Patch neighborhood studio.


    Website: http://sarahgraham.com

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Urban- Armour Metalsmith Chris Nelson from Colorado

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST/ 4:00 MST is metalsmith Chris Nelson. Chris I will be teaching a 3 Day Basic Ferrous Musings/Fusings workshop in San Diego at Whaley Studios Feb. 27-March 1. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. 


     


    About Chris:


    Chris began his goldsmithing career in 2000 and has studied under some of the most influential and highly respected art jewelry metalsmiths in the US.  Mastery of several torches, alloying high-karat golds, fusing dissimilar metals, understanding metallurgy and chemistry, and exploring hand-applied textures and patinas have lead to the creation of Urban-Armour.  Chris discovered the ancient Japanese technique, Zougan, to be a perfect process for applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals on his jewelry. The work now includes a palette of 7 distinct gold alloys fused to highly hand-textured iron at temperatures approaching 2000 degrees F


     


    Urban-Armour jewelry begs to be worn to understand its “indestructible substance and beauty.”   


    Website:


    http://www.urban-armour.com/Home.html