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My Guest this Thursday, October 24th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jewelry designer, author, editor, and educator Christine Dhein. 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.
My Guest this Thursday, October 10th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is gem cutter Michael Hendrix. About: Michael Hendrix, a self taught gem cutter living in San Antonio NM, sells his cabochons to jewelers around the US. Although originally exhibiting at national shows, he now travels the US, displaying and selling his beautiful custom cut cabs to students and professional jewelers alike. So see a few examples of Michael's work, visit: http://ganoksin.com/blog/flyviewsandreviews/2010/03/28/michael-hendrix-of-minarex-2/.
My Guest this Thursday, October 3rd at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Nina Cooper of Nina Designs. We'll be discussing her work and her upcoming webinar "Master Facebook and Pinterest as a Jewelry Designer with Nina Cooper." About: Nina Cooper is one of those lucky people who discovered their passions early in life. She sold beaded jewelry at her first craft show when she was ten years old and hasn’t looked back since. When she started Nina Designs, Cooper wanted to build a company where art and life could coexist with commerce. After 30 fabulous years, she is ready to share her expertise and help you launch your own successful jewelry business. Cooper contributes regularly to many jewelry oriented magazines including Jewelry Artist, Beadwork and Stringing. She has also been published in American Cinematographer and Glamour Magazine. Cooper has appeared twice as an expert guest on the PBS show Beads, Bauble & Jewels. About the Webinar: Social Media is the hottest trend in marketing but why should you care? Artists often cringe at the thought of marketing or self-promotion. In an age when people increasingly live their lives and make their purchases online, how can a jewelry designer reach new customers? If people don’t know you exist, they can’t buy your jewelry. Learn how to increase your exposure, drive traffic to your website, and build community through social media. The webinar will focus in particular on strategies for Facebook and Pinterest with specific examples and suggestions. For more about Nina, visit http://www.ninadesigns.com.
My Guest this Thursday, September 26th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Daniel Ballard of Precious Metals West, who returns to the show. We'll be talking about "purple gold" and much more! About: Since 1984 Precious Metals West / Fine Gold has been the custom and manufacturing jewelers’ resource. Refining is just the start of our skills, products and services. Not only do we make products like casting grain, fabricating grain sheet wire and solders… In addition, our research team has made breakthroughs we all enjoy today. Please note we do not process refining for the public, mines, or electronic scrap. We process jewelry and related materials only. First, we pioneered cadmium free solders. This is old news now as all of our competitors have followed suit. Next, we developed the world’s first ever plumb platinum solders. These are now used all over the world and recognized as the best platinum solders ever. Then we applied that advanced metallurgy to gold solders and created the lowest flowing 14kt solders so jewelers can stay “plumb” and fix the most delicate items. When white gold became extremely popular, we worked up advanced alloys and golds that do not require rhodium plating. When MJSA committed to a “White Gold Task Force” the first meeting was held in our factory and included our people. That project resulted in a set of reliable standards for white gold color internationally. For more about Precious Metals West, visit www.preciousmetalswest.com/.
My Guest on Thursday, September 19th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist and jeweler Sam Patania. About: Samuel Frank Patania started his career in jewelry at the age of 15 by taking jewelry classes from his father, Frank Patania Jr. His father was a highly accomplished and internationally recognized jewelry artist who had been taught by his father, Frank Patania Sr. Since opening the family business in Santa Fe, NM in 1927, the Patania family has always created distinctive jewelry that art collectors around world recognize and prize for uncompromising standards of excellence. As a teenager, Sam apprenticed to his father and over the next ten years he learned and came to love the art of jewelry. When Sam took over the family business in 1990 he began to define himself as an artist, evolving his personal vision of this artform. In 1999 the Tucson Museum of Art gave the Patania family the Contemporary Southwest Images XIV show and exhibit: The Stonewall Foundation Series titled "The Patanias: A Legacy in Silver and Gold". The family's artistic recognition was again celebrated when the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art accepted three pieces, one from each Patania generation into the permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC. Since that time Sam has continued to define himself as an artist. Sam has paid close attention to the fashion world because he believes that in order to be an evolving contemporary artist in jewelry he must understand where his work fits into the world of fashion. Sam is sensitive to the power, strength and confidence that fashion brings to everyday life. For more about Sam, visit http://www.spatania.com.
My Guest this Thursday, September 5th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Kevin Potter of Potter USA, a manufacturer of artistic metalworking tools including hydraulic presses, metalsmithing stakes, and dies. Bio: Kevin Potter began as fine jeweler in Tucson, Arizona. He specialized in carving custom waxes and casting but also drew the designs and set stones, essentially designing pieces from start to finish. He eventually worked into having his own line of jewelry that was sold in stores throughout the US. Kevin gained experience using machine tools while attending the University of Arizona, where he received a BFA in drawing/painting. He worked in the machine shops on campus and eventually started his own machine shop where he used his tools for the production of stainless steel jewelry. He quickly decided to make silversmithing stakes. He always enjoyed using them in college, but could never afford to purchase them. After he made his first few sets, he advertised them on Craig's list in several cities known as artist communities: Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, etc. Kevin always liked Otto Frei jewelry supply and contacted them about his stakes. They liked them and decided to carry his line of stakes. Gradually he began to make other tools and started the Potter USA website with the help of a friend who was a retired computer programer. For more about Kevin and Potter USA, visit http://www.potterusa.com.
My Guest this Thursday, August 29th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Cindy Edelstein, President of the Jewelers Resource Bureau. Bio: Cindy Edelstein began her career as an an editor at JCK Magazine. It was her years as Fashion Editor that gave her the opportunity to fall in love with jewelry designers. She founded Jeweler's Resource Bureau in 1991 with one goal: to support the growth of designer fine jewelry as a retail category, an art form, and a community. Over the years, she built a menu of marketing and publishing services offering expert advice, custom publications, and the kind of targeted marketing tools that designer entrepreneurs need to run their businesses most effectively. She has traveled extensively to present speeches, workshops, and private consultations to industry groups and individual artisans to enlighten them about the American designer business. Her byline can be seen in many trade and consumer magazines. In 2000 the Jeweler's Resource launched the first trade show for international studio jewelers called globalDESIGN. This event presents an elite collection of the world's finest artisans to the American craft gallery audience. We also produce Designer DAY: The Business Conference for Jewelry Designers in conjunction with MJSA. Our bestselling guidbooks, the Designer's Annual Planning Guide, SOURCEBOOK for DESIGNERS and ARTISANS, are now available online to subscribers of the JRB NETWORK. For more about the JRB, visit http://www.jewelersresource.com/.
My Guest this Thursday, July 11th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist, metalsmith, and teacher Katie Poterala. About: Katie’s work has been shown in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions, most recently at the Mesa Arts Center, Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Museum, Wayne Art Center, and Arizona State University. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and is represented by various galleries and shops throughout the country. Her work was recently published in the Lark book Showcase: 500 Rings. Katie Poterala currently lives and works in her native home: Greenville, South Carolina. She received an MFA from Arizona State University and a BFA from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. In addition to her studio practice, she has taught metalsmithing and 3D design classes at ASU, as well as various metals workshops. Katie’s work implies of a sense of history, and is sensitive to the delicate relationship between beauty and decay, as well as our relationships to precious objects. Her work combines the opulence of faceted stones and gold with surfaces that reference provocative textures, colors, and spontaneity found in natural growth and oxidation processes. For more information on Katie, visit: http://www.katiepoterala.com.
My Guest this Thursday, August 15th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Precious Metal Clay artist and jeweler Holly Gage. About Holly: My love for creating art dates back to when I was a child growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where my parents supported my interests and enrolled me in a number of art and jewelry-making classes whenever there was an opportunity. I took early jobs and apprenticeships with local jewelers and later I attended Kutztown University, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art & Education. There really was no doubt that what ever I did in life, art was going to be the driving force. In my college classes where my fellow students and I were called upon to demonstrate the fundamentals of what we had learned, it was apparent to me that my interpretation of the assignments would be “different” from the majority of the students — on the outer edge of what had been assigned. At the time, I did not enjoy that distinction, for fitting in was more my goal. However, as an adult, I have become more comfortable in the knowledge that my sense of creativity is different from others. In much of my work, I use a new type of moldable metal. This, amazing material, called Art Clay or Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is made of fine silver or high karat gold. I love being a pioneer with this relatively new medium, experimenting with its capabilities, and working on the cutting edge of new developments. It has enabled me to blend many of my artistic studies to create unique pieces of jewelry which are inspired by my original photographic images, life experiences and natural forms in nature. For more information on Holly, visit: http://www.hollygage.com/.
My Guest this Thursday, July 18th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is award-winning artist and jeweler Paula Crevoshay. About: Paula Crevoshay has attracted award-winning attention from the beginning of her career. She graduated with honors from VCU in Richmond Virginia and won a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where she earned her Master of Arts degree in 1977. Marrying the Fulbright Scholar, George Crevoshay, in 1978 she moved to India for three years and was given two one woman shows of her paintings and sculptures. The British Council of the Arts collected several of these works. Having been inspired by the antiquity of Asia, She returned to America in 1981 where she launched her first collection of one-of-a-kind art jewels. Her awards and achievements took her, as a jeweler, very quickly to the fore front of modern design. Combining the disciplines of fine art, gemology and history with jewelry making transformed Crevoshay into a fresh, unique talent. In recent years she has gained renown as one of the leading designers of our time. Her work has been shown at such museums as the Smithsonian and the Carnegie, among others, as an exemplar of the very best, and it can be found in many important public and private collections. In our age of mass production and the prevalence of the lowest common dominator, where many are seeking the next "hot" trend, it is refreshing to meet the rare talent who is consistently dedicated to the highest ideals of quality and excellence in their art. Paula Crevoshay is such a light and has been compared to Lalique and Faberge. She is among the best of our generation. For more information on Paula, visit: http://www.crevoshay.com.
My Guest this Thursday, June 27th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith, blacksmith, sculptor, and jeweler Donna Veverka. About: Donna Veverka is a studio jeweler currently living and working in Boston. She exhibits her jewelry at museums, galleries and juried craft shows nationally and internationally. Donna received the 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Award for Crafts. Her work had been featured in Metalsmith and American Craft Magazines and was exhibited at the prestigious 2013 Smithsonian Craft Show. Born just outside of New York City in Suffern, NY in 1969, Donna grew up going to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which inspired a passion for art and history. At The University of the Arts, Philadelphia College of Art and Design, she earned a BFA in Metalsmithing. After several years as a goldsmith’s studio assistant and a two month intensive course in Blacksmithing at Penland School of Crafts, Donna studied at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design completing her MFA in 1998. She has taught at Mass Art, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Boston. Donna’s love of ancient history, archeology and Classical and Renaissance architecture informs all of her studio work. The regularity and balance of Imperial Roman architecture, the intricate details of Renaissance tracery windows and the blade forms and heavy metalwork of Medieval arms and armor are incorporated into her comfortably edgy designs. For more information about Donna and her work, visit: http://www.donnavjewelry.com.
This Thursday, October 31st at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk, we'll be going back into the archives for one of our favorite past episodes- a chat with artist and jeweler Sydney Lynch. About: Since 1981, jewelry artist Sydney Lynch has been designing and making her handmade jewelry featuring contemporary earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and pins in 18k and 22k gold and sterling silver. From her studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sydney creates both her Designer Line and singular One Of A Kind pieces that include a variety of gemstones such as opal, aquamarine, tourmaline,diamonds, pearls, beryl, peridot and sapphire set in high karat gold and silver. I fell in love with jewelry when I was young, rummaging through my grandmother’s bureau drawers, enchanted by her treasure trove of costume jewelry that she kept in a jumble of tiny boxes, each with its own story. Since childhood I have accumulated and “curated” my collections of objects, found and acquired, assembling them in patterns and groupings that often inspire my jewelry designs. I think of these pebbles, shells, rusted metal fragments and art objects as an archive of personal memories. While working on the Navajo Reservation during college, I fell in love with the wide open western landscape and met my first silversmiths who inspired me to learn to make my own jewelry. I moved from Connecticut to Colorado, where I got my BFA at the University of Colorado, and decided if nothing else, a traditional career wasn’t for me. I eventually relocated to a farm in Nebraska, then to Lincoln, where I now live. I have an airy, sun-filled studio where I work with two bench assistants and my husband. For more info, visit http://sydneylynch.com/.
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