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    Metalsmith BenchTalk Past Favorites with Alan Revere

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    This Thursday, July 9th at 3 p.m. PST, we're going to reach into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives and air one of our favorite recent episodes with Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.


     


    About: Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Academy, is a master goldsmith and award-winning jewelry designer with degrees in both psychology and sculpture. His passion for making jewelry lead him to Germany in 1972, where he trained under some of the 20th century's most celebrated goldsmiths and designers. Returning to California with skills rarely taught in the United States, he was asked to share what he had learned with other jewelers and students. For several years, Mr. Revere taught in college jewelry programs, and in 1979 he established the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.


     


    Mr. Revere writes and lectures on a variety of jewelry subjects. His first series of articles appeared in JCK Magazine during the 1980s and led to the publication of Professional Goldsmithing. His second series, Professional Jewelry Repair, has been published as Professional Ring Repair and Professional Setting Repair. Mr. Revere is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council and founder of the Contemporary Design Group. Alan teaches the Jewelry Technician Intensive, Design, and Fabrication.


     


    Founded in 1979 by master goldsmith Alan Revere, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts immediately became a center for jewelry and jewelers around the world; a place where master craftsman pass on traditional skills to the next generation.


     


    For more about Revere Academy, visit http://www.revereacademy.com.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Gwynne Ruckenbrod Smith -Executive Director of SNAG

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, or SNAG. 


     


    About Gywnne: Gwynne is responsible for all day-to-day operations; supervises all SNAG programs, publications, membership services, conferences and meetings; fundraising and financial management; marketing and promotion.


    Most recently, Rukenbrod was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Wholesalecrafts.com as well as the Executive Director of Handmade in America, an organization based in Western North Carolina devoted to developing the economy through craft.


     


    From 2008 -2010, Gwynne was the Curator of Fine Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, a non-profit organization founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. She was also the Executive Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Art Curator for The Works (the Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology), and the Director of the Short North Neighborhood Foundation. She has worked with both rural and urban communities teaching professional development and entrepreneurship workshops across the country. 


     


    Gwynne is a member of the Craft Think Tank that convenes annually to provide a platform to explore how craft organizations and makers can work more closely together to further American craft. Gwynne currently serves on various boards including, The Public Art and Cultural Commission with the City of Asheville, The Art Business Institute, and The World Craft Council North America.


    In addition to her experience as an executive, Gwynne is also an accomplished glass artist.  She will continue to work and live in Asheville, NC.


    http://www.snagmetalsmith.org

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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

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Christine Huber, New York Artisanal Jewelry Designer

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    Our guest on Thursday July 31st at 3:00 Pacifice Time/6:00 Eastern is Christine Huber, New York Artisan Jewelry Designer and world traveler. Join us as we interview Christine and ask her about her drafting process, her collaboration with Yael Designs and the Novelique Bridal Collection, her own line of jewelry and relationship with Hatch Jewelry, and her studio in the East Village, as well as her worldwide travels and how they inspired her.


    To ask Christine a question during our live interview, please join us in the chatroom or send us a message on the Whaley Studios' Facebook Page.


    About Christine Huber


    Christine Huber is a Graduate Gemologist and jewelry designer known for her artisanal style and high quality. Huber has done benchwork for Alex Sepkus, jewelry design and gemology with Julius Cohen Jeweler and designed elaborate collections for Etienne Aigner. Inspired by art, ceramics and architecture, Huber creates pieces that are beautiful, meaningful and fun to wear. She currently lives and works in New York City, designing heirloom quality jewelry.


    "I believe that jewelry should come from inspiration, and be inspirational. I create pieces that are beautiful, meaningful and fun to wear. With over 15 years experience in the Jewelry industry, I've learned what it takes to make heirloom quality jewelry here in NYC. I design and draw out each item, then carve it out from wax or pierce it from metal to cast it. "


    For more information about Christine, visit her website: http://christinehuberdesign.com/


    and read a Hatch Jewelry Interview here: https://jewelry.hatchhub.com/article/fifth-avenue-outer-mongolia-and-back-christine-huber%E2%80%99s-design-journey

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jay Whaley- teacher, inventor and master goldsmith

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    My guest on Thursday, July 17th, at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be Jay Whaley the owner and  instructor at the Whaley Sutdios, inventor and mastergoldsmith. Our technical producer and co-host Aly Kendrick will ask him about his background in Hawaii, his philosophy, plans for the future and more!


    About Jay Whaley:


    With 30+ years of jewelry-making experience, including many years as head of the jewelry making department at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Jay Whaley is proficient at hand-crafting exquisite pieces in precious metals and he excels at teaching others to do the same.Jay is a skilled goldsmith, tool designer and inventor, as well as a master wax carver. Jay’s most popular workshop shows couples how to make their own wedding or commitment bands in gold, silver, or platinum. Whaley Studios presents a wide variety of other workshops year-round as well. Jay has two new tools with patents pending, which are being produced and distributed by the Eurotool Company. A new dual-fuel torch, designed by Jay Whaley, is also being considered for possible production by a major torch manufacturer. 


    Since 2009, Jay has also been the host of Metalsmith Benchtalk on Blogtalk Radio, a popular weekly online radio show that features in-depth discussions on topics of interest to the metalsmithing and jewelry making trades.


     


    To Learn more visit www.http://www.whaleystudios.com

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith BenchTalk with Michael David Sturlin

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    My Guest this Thursday, February 6th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is goldsmith, studio jewelry artist, educator, writer, and consultant Michael David Sturlin. Michael joins us to talk about his teaching (including design and creative development), his workshops, the In Depth Retreats he offers at his studio, his classes at the Revere Academy, his new videos, and his writing.


    About: I began making jewelry with precious metal around 1970.  I started out  as a self taught goldsmith until 1986, when I went to the Revere Academy in San Francisco for formal goldsmithing instruction. I have maintained a private studio practice for 4 decades, creating a body  of work that has won awards from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and Jewelers of America New Designers Gallery. My jewelry focuses on minimalism in precious metal and has been represented in select galleries across North America.


    In 2005 I joined the faculty of the Revere Academy, where I teach marketing and goldsmithing classes semi-annually during the open sessions in March and September. I also teach applied technique workshops, design, creative development and professional development classes and seminars internationally as a visiting guest artist. In addition to offering In Depth Retreats and private  instruction in my Scottsdale Arizona studio, I am available for personalized individual consultation and mentoring. My work has been featured in more than 90 magazine articles within the past two decades. 


    For more information about Michael, visit http://ganoksin.com/blog/michaelsturlinstudio/.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith BenchTalk Past Favorites with Alan Revere

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    This Thursday, October 17th at 3 p.m. PST, we're going to reach into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives and air one of our favorite recent episodes with Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.   About: Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Academy, is a master goldsmith and award-winning jewelry designer with degrees in both psychology and sculpture. His passion for making jewelry lead him to Germany in 1972, where he trained under some of the 20th century's most celebrated goldsmiths and designers. Returning to California with skills rarely taught in the United States, he was asked to share what he had learned with other jewelers and students. For several years, Mr. Revere taught in college jewelry programs, and in 1979 he established the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.   Mr. Revere writes and lectures on a variety of jewelry subjects. His first series of articles appeared in JCK Magazine during the 1980s and led to the publication of Professional Goldsmithing. His second series, Professional Jewelry Repair, has been published as Professional Ring Repair and Professional Setting Repair. Mr. Revere is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council and founder of the Contemporary Design Group. Alan teaches the Jewelry Technician Intensive, Design, and Fabrication.   Founded in 1979 by master goldsmith Alan Revere, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts immediately became a center for jewelry and jewelers around the world; a place where master craftsman pass on traditional skills to the next generation.   For more about Revere Academy, visit http://www.revereacademy.com.

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    Metalsmith BenchTalk with Alan Revere of the Revere Academy

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    My Guest on Thursday, September 12th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.   About: Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Academy, is a master goldsmith and award-winning jewelry designer with degrees in both psychology and sculpture. His passion for making jewelry lead him to Germany in 1972, where he trained under some of the 20th century's most celebrated goldsmiths and designers. Returning to California with skills rarely taught in the United States, he was asked to share what he had learned with other jewelers and students. For several years, Mr. Revere taught in college jewelry programs, and in 1979 he established the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.   Mr. Revere writes and lectures on a variety of jewelry subjects. His first series of articles appeared in JCK Magazine during the 1980s and led to the publication of Professional Goldsmithing. His second series, Professional Jewelry Repair, has been published as Professional Ring Repair and Professional Setting Repair. Mr. Revere is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council and founder of the Contemporary Design Group. Alan teaches the Jewelry Technician Intensive, Design, and Fabrication.   Founded in 1979 by master goldsmith Alan Revere, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts immediately became a center for jewelry and jewelers around the world; a place where master craftsman pass on traditional skills to the next generation. The Academy is located in the beautiful tower suite on the ninth floor of the Humboldt Bank Building.   For more about Revere Academy, visit http://www.revereacademy.com.

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    Metalsmith BenchTalk with Chris Nelson

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    My Guest this Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith and goldsmith Chris Nelson of Urban-Armour, who returns to the show!   About: 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 the perfect process for applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals on his jewelry.   The original iron and gold pieces by Chris debuted at the 2009 Salida Riverside Arts Festival where Chris was honored with the First Place Award for 3D work. His collections have evolved further with cold and hot forging of iron, heavy hand applied textures and engravings, and specially formulated high-karat gold alloys fused to the iron. Pieces often incorporate several colors of gold from 18k to 24k. Raw diamonds, rubies and other quality gemstones are frequently applied to his work.   Chris is a nature enthusiast living a simple lifestyle, promoting the need for adornment which can withstand outdoor active wear while still be worn in an urban environment. The concept of Urban-Armour was conceived to symbolize the personal protection that jewelry can convey, “distinct indestructible art jewelry for those with extreme lifestyles.”  His jewelry can be worn in the morning rock-climbing and in the evening to the opera.   For more information, visit http://www.urban-armour.com/Home.html.

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    Metalsmith BenchTalk on BlogTalkRadio with Chris Nelson

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    My Guest this Thursday, September 20th at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith and goldsmith Chris Nelson of Urban-Armour.   About: 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 the perfect process for applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals on his jewelry.   The original iron and gold pieces by Chris debuted at the 2009 Salida Riverside Arts Festival where Chris was honored with the First Place Award for 3D work. His collections have evolved further with cold and hot forging of iron, heavy hand applied textures and engravings, and specially formulated high-karat gold alloys fused to the iron. Pieces often incorporate several colors of gold from 18k to 24k.  Raw diamonds, rubies and other quality gemstones are frequently applied to his work.   Chris is a nature enthusiast living a simple lifestyle, promoting the need for adornment which can withstand outdoor active wear while still be worn in an urban environment. The concept of Urban-Armour was conceived to symbolize the personal protection that jewelry can convey, “distinct indestructible art jewelry for those with extreme lifestyles.”  His jewelry can be worn in the morning rock-climbing and in the evening to the opera.   For more information, visit http://www.urban-armour.com/Home.html.

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    Metalsmith BenchTalk on BlogTalkRadio with Don Friedlich

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    My Guest this Thursday, July 21st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jeweler and metalsmith Don Friedlich from Madison Wisconsin.    Bio: Donald Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Newark Museum.    His many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts New England Regional Fellowship and the 2001 Renwick Gallery Acquisition Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show. He served as Chair of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Committee. In 2003 he was the first jeweler to be an Artist in Residence at The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. In 2004 Friedlich and an Artist in Residence in both the Glass and Goldsmithing Departments of Canberra School of Art at Australian National University. In 2007 he was an Artist in Residence at Tainan National University of Art in Taiwan and he was one of only two American jewelers chosen for the prestigious international exhibition Schmuck 2007 in Munich, Germany.   For more about Don's work, visit http://web.mac.com/friedlich/www.dfriedlich.com/Welcome.html Join us at blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios for an enjoyable conversation.