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Our guest on Metalsmith Benchalk on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith and jeweler April Wood.
Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
April Wood received her BFA in Studio Art-Metals from Texas State University in San Marcos and her MFA from Towson University. She is a co-founder of the Baltimore Jewelry Center, where she teaches and manages the studio. Prior to her work with the Baltimore Jewelry Center, she taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Texas State University – San Marcos, Towson University, Penland School of Crafts, and Idyllwild Arts. She exhibited her work as part of the Jackalope Collective at SIERAAD International Art Jewelry Fair in Amsterdam in November 2013. In 2012, she had a solo exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art and from 2009 to 2012, her work was part of a traveling exhibition of contemporary feminist art entitled A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art. She has been the recipient of three Maryland State Art Council Individual Artist Awards (2009 – Sculpture, 2010 - Works on Paper, 2012 – Crafts). Her work has been published in Metalsmith, Surface Design Journal, and Sculpture magazines.
Learn more about April by visiting her website or Facebook Page.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, August 27th at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith and jewelry designer Marilyn Brogan, owner of Meader Works, in San Diego, CA.
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My name is Marilyn Brogan and I’m the designer, maker and curator of Meander Works, a one-woman studio based in San Diego, California. Meander Works offers delicate, minimalist jewelry made from recycled gold and silver – and soon, a line of engagement rings and wedding bands featuring recycled and traceable diamonds.
I deeply value and admire good craftsmanship and believe a design is only as good as its execution. Jewelry is an expression of both the maker and the wearer – the quality of the construction is essential to that collaboration. If a ring looks beautiful but it is poorly made, then it may not feel right, fit right, or last. I’m inspired by antique jewelry and love the function of heirlooms. Like the handmade Appalachian quilts passed down to me from my great-grandmother, fine jewelry tells a story across generations. When I finish a piece of jewelry, I see a story that’s just beginning.
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.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith Pat Cahill.
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Pat Cahill creates hand crafted sterling silver boxes and fine jewelry.
The boxes are fabricated from sterling silver sheet stock that is hand sawed, filed, soldered, and sanded. The only machines used are a buffer and flex shaft for surfacing finishing of the work. Pat prefers to use hand tools. Each box represents hours and hours of labor.
Pat Cahill's boxes can be used as pill boxes or presentation boxes for that special gift.
Pat Cahill started making boxes and jewelry three years ago after being laid off from his job as a molecular biologist.
Pat is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths and was recently featured as the Maker Profile Artist of the week.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, August 13th at 3:00 pm PST is retail designer, merchandiser and brand consultant, David Kepron.
Please join us then for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
As a retail design, merchandising and brand consultant, David Kepron draws on 25 years of work as an architect, artist and educator. His multidisciplinary approach to the design of shopping places focuses on understanding consumer behavior and the creation of relevant shopping experiences at the intersection of sociology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies.
Kepron has held roles as a professor of architecture and design for the MS Interior Design Program at Drexel University in Pennsylvania and the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York, and he served as the director of the Visual Merchandising Department at LaSalle International Fashion School in Singapore. He presently teaches a retail design studio at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology.
Listed in Display and Design Ideas Magazine's "40 Under 40" and "30 of the Industry's Most Influential People," David currently brings his creativity and retailing insight to an international audience as a member of VM+SD magazine's Editorial Advisory Board and the Association for Retail Environments Dream Team.
David earned his Bachelors of Science in Architecture and Bachelors of Architecture degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
My Guest this Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith, artist, and educator Frankie Flood.
About: Frankie Flood is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he teaches in Foundations and is currently co-area head in Jewelry & Metalsmithing at UWM. Flood is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his Master of Fine Art degree in Metalsmithing.
Flood utilizes the industrial processes of machining, stamping, anodizing, and powder coating to create one of a kind functional objects. His interest in machines and tools and the influence of his working class upbringing is a source of inspiration. Flood’s work investigates one of a kind objects and their role in a world based on mechanical reproduction.
Recent National and International Juried Shows in which his creative metal work has been exhibited include: Hard & Soft exhibition, Denton, TX; Craft Forms exhibition, Wayne, PA; Display Use Only exhibition, Seattle, WA; Cheongju International Craft Biennale 2003 exhibition, Cheongju City, Korea; Innovative Tools For Personal Use exhibition (sponsored by 3M Corporation and the Society of North American Goldsmiths), Denver, CO.
In addition to being granted the George Sugarman Grant by The George Sugarman Foundation and an Illinois Arts Council grant in Craft, Frankie was recently awarded a UWM Graduate School Research Committee Award for his research in digital technology for the production of art.
For more information about Frankie and his work, visit http://www.frankieflood.com/.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is the 2015 winner of the Halstead Grant, jewelry artist and metalsmith Samantha Skelton!
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.
“I graduated from Edinboro University with a BFA in 2009 and Miami University with an MFA in 2013 metalsmithing with a focus in metalsmithing, working on everything from drawing and designing to jewelry and large-scale sculpture. My sculpture, jewelry and drawings tend to reflect each other; drawing in space and creating sculptural jewelry, which are both delicate and industrial. I want the wearer to feel the visual impact of the jewerly without be overwhelmed by the physical and visual weight of the metal. “
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk this Thursday, August 20th at 3 p.m. PST is Gary Paresky, a laser expert and the jewelry group sales manager for Rofin Laser Micro. We'll talk about the laser welders and engravers that Rofin offers to the Jewelry marketplace.
Gary has been with Rofin for over 8 years as the Regional Sales Manager for the Jewelry Group For the past 10 years, our main distributor for the laser welders to the Jewelry market has been Stuller Inc. and they have sold over 1,000 laser welders for Rofin.
About the Rofin Group: Light, when used as a manufacturing tool, is fascinating; it offers virtually infinite potential of applications in material processing. Whether CO2, solid-state, fiber or diode lasers, the ROFIN Group provides all of the decisive key technologies and covers the entire spectrum of industrial lasers. Our product portfolio ranges from laser-beam sources to highly complex systems, providing the full power spectrum, from single-digit watts up to multi-kilowatts.
Whether it's laser cutting, laser welding, laser marking or surface treatment – The application areas are as broad as our product range.
For more about Rofin, visit: http://www.rofin.com
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/.
This Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk, we will be re-airing one of our favorite past episodes with guest Robert Liu, Editor Ornament Magazine.
About Robert: Robert Kung Shan Liu was born in Rome in 1938 and immigrated to the US from China after World War II with his mother and 4 siblings. Trained as an ethologist and ichthyologist, the Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. from the UCLA where he worked on experimental gerontology and immunology in the Dept. of Pathology, School of Medicine until 1975. Founder of the magazine "The Bead Journal" in 1974, Dr. Liu and his wife Carolyn L.E. Benesh are publishers and coeditors of its successor, "Ornament" since 1978.
Self-trained as a jeweler and photographer, he has written extensively on ancient, ethnic and contemporary personal adornment, as well as gerontology, ichthyology (Ichthyology [from Greek] is the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish), animal behavior, military technology, and construction equipment. Liu started collecting and researching beads in 1972, in addition to designing jewelry that incorporated beads and other artifacts. In 1995 Dr. Liu wrote/published what is considered to be the most thorough resource on beads "Collectible Beads: A Universal Aesthetic". Check out his book on Amazon: http://bit.ly/7ORn5L.
For additional information on Robert, see: http://www.ornamentmagazine.com/.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is knife maker Steven Tedford.
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About Steven :
Tedford knives have been making their way into the collections of outdoor professionals around the world for the past decade.
Born into a family machine shop, Steven Tedford began is knife making career as a hobby 20 years ago and it turned into a lifelong commitment to the art of blade making.
Telford believes that function is beauty. This is the focus behind every knife made. Every knife is 100% handmade from scratch by Steven Tedford. Each knife is unique, with its own feel and traits. In a world suffering from bottomless lines and disposable products, Tedford knives stand shoulder to shoulder with the craftsmen of days gone by.
Every knife is unconditionally guaranteed for life, no questions asked.
Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is studio jeweler and writer, Bruce Metcalf.
Please join us for this LIVE broadcast, and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message directly to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Bruce Metcalf, born in Amherst, Massachusetts, is an American artist who uses different materials like wood, metal, and plexiglass. With these materials he uses diverse techniques for the jewelry, sculptures, and wall reliefs that he creates. Many of these works are whimsical yet restrained works that comment on the human condition.
He received his B.F.A. in Crafts/Metalsmithing in 1972 at Syracuse University. He also majored in Architecture at Syracuse from 1968-1970. From 1972-73 he attended Montana State University and from 1973-74 attended SUNY College at New Paltz. In 1977 he received his M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
His entrance into jewelry – like his beginnings as a writer – was unpremeditated. He was an unhappy architecture major at Syracuse University when he took a blind leap into the jewelry department. And to his amazement, he landed in a perfect spot. “I found in that material and those techniques that I really, really fit. I felt, for the first time in my life, at the age of 20, that I had a home doing something,” he says. Fast-forward to the present day, and his jewelry appears in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt design museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among many others.
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