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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 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 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.
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, 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.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is Thomas Mann, metal artist, gallery owner, lecturer and author.
Participate by logging into the chatroom, or send your questions or comments to the Whaley Studio's Facebook Page.
About Mann :
Thomas Mann, an icon of the American Craft Jewelry movement, a full-time practicing professional artist for over 40 years, describes himself as an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. He works with a variety of metals, thinking of them as painters think of their palettes — Each metal having its own color and luster. Inspired by parts from machines, electronic instruments, costume jewelry, and old postcards & photos, Mann’s recurring but always changing parts give his work its storytelling quality and theatricality. He calls this design vocabulary, which combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative themes and romantic imagery, "Techno-Romantic".
Thomas Mann lives and works in New Orleans where he oversees a jewelry design and production studio, a sculpture studio, a gallery and most recently a teaching space.
About the Business:
Thomas Mann Design, Inc. employs 10 people to make and market the work designed by Thomas Mann & sold through various wholesale and retail opportunities. Having represented hundreds of metal artists, Tom's retail gallery, Thomas Mann Gallery I/O (Insight-full Objects), celebrated its 25th year in 2013 . The e-commerce website, www.thomasmann.com, has been in operation for over 15 years. Mann's work is exhibited at major art and craft events & galleries across the country.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 PM PDT/6:00 EDT is Dianna Badalament, jewelry designer, metalsmith and instructor. Dianna teaches abused women and children how to make jewelry through the organization Made by Survivors, and their goods are sold through Relevee.com.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by loggin into the chatroom or by posting your questions or comments to Whaley Studios' Facebook Page.
Dianna has a B.A. from University at Albany, New York, where she had the amazing opportunity to study, live and travel in Europe for a semester. She studied the classical techniques of metalworking at Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City and Revere Academy of the Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, where she completed the School's Jewelry Technician Intensive Program. Dianna worked at the Kristin Hanson Studio in Brooklyn, NY where she was a studio assistant and instructor. She is a member of the Metal Arts Guild in San Francisco and is a part of a community of metalsmiths working to use eco-friendly practices such as recycling metal, using conflict free gemstones and seeking out products that contribute to operating a "greener" studio.
My guest on Thursday, June 5th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist, craftsman, and jeweler Jim Grahl of J.Grahl Design.
About: My name is Jim Grahl. I'm nearing 65 years old, 48 of those years have been continuously devoted to jewelry and industrial design. My training initiated with a Los Angeles workshop that was the contract (or outsource) manufacturer for Van Cleef and Arpels, Gump's, Pierre Touraine and many others that were the foundation of the West Coast's fine Art~Jewelry establishment. I have formal apprenticeships in Pave' setting (Gerardo Terranova) and ancillary training in platinum-smithing, machining, and antique musical restoration.
My personal business (J.Grahl Design) was founded at the outset and has been in continuous operation for 47 years. (as of 2011). I'm a maker-builder at heart. All of the items shown in the photographs and illustrations here, on "Custom Made", are exactly that... Custom Made. You will see many cross over categories in metal, wood, glass and illustration-art. I am deeply involved with both vintage autos and surfing, so items relating to those topics are exposed here as well. There are generally a few of my projects available for live viewing at the Museum at the Gemological Institute of America as well as The San Diego Natural History Museum.
Our range of services is extensive. Our experience includes designing, photography, prototyping, project development, and jewelry fabrication. In addition, we also have experience with mechanical music mechanisms, illustration, computer engineering and design development (CAD), restoration of jeweled items and consulting.
For more information, visit: http://www.jgrahldesign.com/.
My Guest this Thursday, October 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Tammy Jones, the editor of Jewelry Making Daily.
About Tammy: "I'm the editor of Jewelry Making Daily. I also have my own handmade jewelry business on Etsy, Southern Baubelles. I love working with metal clay, found objects, silver, copper, and genuine gemstones. I also enjoy knitting, paper crafts like card making and scrapbooking, cooking, traveling, the seashore, and snow!"
About Jewelry Making Daily: We are the ultimate destination for anyone interested in creating handmade jewelry. Whether you're new to jewelry making and looking to learn advanced techniques or an accomplished jewelry artisan interested in sharing, learning, and being inspired, Jewelry Making Daily is the place for you. And we're so happy to have you!
While you're here, you can get jewelry-making tips from industry experts; be inspired and download free step-by-step jewelry projects; learn new jewelry-making techniques through blogs and video demos; save money with great deals in our online store; discover resources for jeweler's tools, supplies, events, and more.
For more information about Jewelry Making Daily, visit http://www.jewelrymakingdaily.com.
This Thursday, May 29th at 3 p.m. PDT, we'll be going back into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives. We'll be re-airing one of our favoite chats from earlier this year with artist Barbara Minor. Barbara is well known for her innovative enameled beads, her distinctive enameled jewelry, and her unique enameled vessels.
About: Barbara Minor completed her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in jewelry and metalsmithing at University of Illinois and Indiana State University. She began enameling during graduate school and continued innovative explorations of enamel processes, with the support of research grants, while teaching at the State University of New York at Geneseo. During this time she began combining enameling with metalsmithing, jewelry forming and fabrication techniques to create narrative reliefs, sculptural objects and jewelry.
Barbara now lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she is a full time studio artist concentrating on limited edition and one-of-a kind enameled beads, jewelry and small objects. A considerable portion of her studio time is devoted to researching and experimenting with enameling techniques in an effort to go beyond the normal and expected enameling results and to answer the ever present question of "what would happen if I did this?". Her research and experimentation leads to many new and wonderful enameled jewelry and bead designs, as well as subject matter for the in-depth enameling workshops she teaches.
For more information about Barbara, visit http://www.barbaraminorenamels.com.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 PDT is David Guilietti, jewelry designer, metalsmith and master engraver.
We welcome you to participate in this live interview by creating a free account on Blogtalkradio and logging into the chatroom with questions and comments. We also monitor the Whaley Studio's Facebook Page for questions and comments before and during the show.
David Giulietti Designs is dedicated to making richly beautiful jewels. Using a quiver of medieval techniques and a fine arts background David pairs antique ornamental styles with a contemporary sensibility. The end results often feel as if they were liberated from an Italian palazzo or a medieval treasure horde.
David Giulietti Hand Engraver produces museum quality engraving for discerning clients around the world. Embellishing silver cups, gold watches,picture frames, knives, jewelry and the occasional Harley Davidson. An expert in decorative styles and hand cut lettering he takes time to carefully consider all the details of the job whether it is a centuries old silver trophy cup or a simple wedding band.
John Mayer, Katy Perry, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Jackson Browne and David Grisman all have David's work in their collections. He has worked on the Millionth Martin Guitar with world class inlay artist Larry Robinson and has had his work exhibited at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. His work appears in the Lark Books publication Showcase 500 Art Necklaces which is available in bookstores as of July 2013.
For more about David, visit his website and Facebook Page.
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