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My guest on Thursday, April 17th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be jeweler, designer, and educator Jayne Redman.
About: “Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and the fullness of flower buds inspire my jewelry. I enjoy integrating mechanics with design, allowing each piece to function in a visually intriguing way. I work with multiples of the same shape, engineering them to fit precisely, giving an abstract interpretation of their botanical source. Many years of metalsmithing have taught me the power of simplicity. My forms begin as flat metal shapes and arrive as small sculptures. Their complexity is in their conception as curving planes of origami.”
Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her career in New York as a design and production assistant in the fashion jewelry industry. She started her company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. Jayne began developing the Floraforms™ Collection in 1995. In 1998, the American Craft Council selected a piece from her collection as “representative of the quality of work found at all ACC events” to use in advertising their wholesale markets.
Jayne has been featured in articles for Crafts Report, AJM, Lapidary Journal, Professional Jeweler, Niche, and Ornament magazines as well as a number of books. Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals and teaches workshops nationally. She maintains a studio in southern Maine and is represented by fine jewelry and craft stores across the country.
To learn more about Jayne, visit: http://www.jayneredmanjewelry.com.
My guest on Thursday, April 10th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be silversmith Randy Stromsoe, maker of handmade silver jewelry and tableware.
About: A classically trained silversmith, Randy Stromsoe handcrafts what will be the sterling silver heirlooms of our future. Stromsoe works in a variety of styles which include sterling silver and pewter in the Arts and Crafts period of his master, the late Porter Blanchard, as well as his own unique contempory designs in gold, silver, pewter, copper and wood. His body of work spans 4 decades and is highly sought after by corporate and private collectors worldwide.
"My studio is an homage to a generation of craftsmen and an era when fine silver was a part of everyday life. The traditional dining table has changed with time and the number of trained silversmiths has dwindled. Whether I am creating a contemporary pewter tea pot or a traditional sterling silver flatware place setting, I continue to draw upon the stories, instruction, memories, and the unique skills that have been passed down from the generations of silversmiths before me."
To learn more about Randy and his work, visit: http://www.randystromsoe.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.
My Guest this Thursday, March 13th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist, jeweler, and fine jewelry specialist Deborah Boskin. About: Deborah Boskin is a specialist of fine jewelry at Bonhams in San Francisco. She knows a lot about establishing value for jewelry on the secondary market. Since joining the company in 1998, Boskin has taken on such responsibilities from Head Cataloguer and Stylist to appraisals. She works with the US Department to create over ten jewelry auctions
My Guest this Thursday, March 20th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jeweler, metalsmith, teacher, and writer Nancy Megan Corwin. Megan will be conducting a very special Chasing and Repoussé Workshop, Ancient & Modern Methods workshop at Whaley Studios beginning April 4th.
About: Nancy Megan Corwin is a jeweler/metalsmith, teacher and writer in the field of art metals. She is an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College and Monterey Peninsula College in California, and teaches workshops around the United States, Canada and England.
In 2009 Megan published a book on the techniques of chasing and repousse, titled “Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern,” which is in it’s second printing and is currently available for purchase through jewelry suppliers and Amazon.com. The October 2009 issue of Ornament magazine featured Megan with her piece “Tiara” on the cover and with a lead article. She has curated two shows in conjunction with the book: one with Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA 2009 and the 2010 exhibition at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, CA.
Megan has work in a number of private collections throughout the United States, in The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, The State University of New Mexico Art Gallery at Las Cruces Galler, and at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. Megan exhibits her work at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA.
My guest on Thursday, March 27th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist Harriete Estel Berman, who joins us to discuss the critical topic of copycats and artistic piracy in the arts and craft communities.
About: The craft community is under assault by copycat thieves in the “Age of the Internet.” BAD and UGLY behaviors proliferate within the craft community. International pirates steal images and retail giants raid the craft marketplace for ideas. Naïve and enthusiasm cloak unethical behavior with "I love your work and want to make one for myself.” Do you recognize the problems? Recognize the behavior? Understand Fair Use? Need recommendations? Join this important and topical conversation with Jay Whaley and Harriete Estel Berman.
Supporting articles for this discussion (recommended reading before listening):
“The GOOD, The BAD, and The UGLY in the AGE of the Internet”
"I love your work and want to make one for myself"
Alibaba and the Copycat Thieves
Alibaba Who? Alibaba Me?
DMCA "Take Down" - Action & Advocacy Against Copycats
My Guest this Thursday, February 27th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is art/business consultant Marlene Richey, who offers creative business solutions for creative businesses in the art, craft and jewelry markets. About: My father was an art professor and my mother a freelance writer, neither of them had even a rudimentary knowledge of business. I received a BA in art and jewelry from Central Washington University, without anyone ever suggesting I might sometime want to make a living at
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