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  • 01:00

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith, Author, and Teacher Joanna Gollberg

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    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.


    About Joanna: 


    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.


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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith and Fine Jeweler Pat Cahill

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith Pat Cahill. 


    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. We love your questions! 


    About Pat: 


    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. 


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    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/.

  • 01:02

    Metalsmith Benchtalk Past Favorites with Robert Liu, Editor of Ornament Mag.

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    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/.

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Knife Maker Steven Tedford

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is knife maker Steven Tedford.  


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat room at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook Instagram or Twitter. 


    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. 


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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Studio Jeweler and Writer Bruce Metcalf

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    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. 


    About: 


    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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  • 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.


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    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.

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    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


     

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    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."


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    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