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  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist Linda Weiss

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 3:00 PM PST is metalsmith and jewelry artist from Sonoma County, Linda Weiss. 


    Join us for this live conversation and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 


    About Linda: 


    Santa Rosa metalsmith Linda Weiss designs and fabricates custom jewelry and art in her studio in Sonoma County, California. Linda specializes in working with 18K Gold, Sterling Silver, Platinum, Bronze, Pewter & Enamel and South Sea, Tahitian & Biwa Pearls, Star Sapphire, Diamond, Lapis, Opal, Ruby & Tanzanite.


    "It is my belief that exacting craftsmanship should complement creative expression. It is my intent that my jewelry be comfortably wearable and contribute to the wearer’s distinct individuality. With my holloware, I aspire to invite the viewer to experience the vessel from a tactile as well as visual perspective. I remain dedicated to creating aesthetically unique, enduring designs of the highest quality craftsmanship."


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  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk Past Favorites with Sydney Lynch

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    This Thursday, October 29th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk, we'll be going back into the archives for one of our favorite past episodes- a chat with artist and jeweler Sydney Lynch. 


    About: Since 1981, jewelry artist Sydney Lynch has been designing and making her handmade jewelry featuring contemporary earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and pins in 18k and 22k gold and sterling silver. From her studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sydney creates both her Designer Line and singular One Of A Kind pieces that include a variety of gemstones such as opal, aquamarine, tourmaline,diamonds, pearls, beryl, peridot and sapphire set in high karat gold and silver.


    I fell in love with jewelry when I was young, rummaging through my grandmother’s bureau drawers, enchanted by her treasure trove of costume jewelry that she kept in a jumble of tiny boxes, each with its own story. Since childhood I have accumulated and “curated” my collections of objects, found and acquired, assembling them in patterns and groupings that often inspire my jewelry designs. I think of these pebbles, shells, rusted metal fragments and art objects as an archive of personal memories.


    While working on the Navajo Reservation during college, I fell in love with the wide open western landscape and met my first silversmiths who inspired me to learn to make my own jewelry. I moved from Connecticut to Colorado, where I got my BFA at the University of Colorado, and decided if nothing else, a traditional career wasn’t for me. I eventually relocated to a farm in Nebraska, then to Lincoln, where I now live. I have an airy, sun-filled studio where I work with two bench assistants and my husband.


     


    For more info, visit http://sydneylynch.com/.

  • 01:01

    Metalsmith Benchtalk Past Favorites with Tom Herman

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    This Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk, we'll be going back into the archives for one of our favorite past episodes- a chat from 2012 with artist and jeweler Tom Herman of Seven Fingers Jewelers.


     


    About: Since he was a boy, Tom Herman has been an artist. In 1982, he channeled his artistic talents into his new business, Seven Fingers Jewelers, named for his own handprint after having lost three fingers as a child in a Minnesota farming accident. Over the last 30 years, Tom has become a master jewelry maker, renowned for his talents at working with precious stones, metal carving, and unique designs.


     


    Tom’s timeless pieces are inspired by organic forms and geometric balance. In designs that centerpiece precious stones, Tom begins by searching through piles of opals, agates, or other precious materials to find unique stones that, in his words, “are able to take on a greater meaning”. With this vision, Tom cuts each stone and frames it in a way to bring out its natural beauty.


     


    Not all Tom’s pieces focus on precious stones; his precious metal carving is spectacular enough to stand alone. Some of his most popular carvings, including laurel, oak, and ginkgo leaves, have been rendered in earrings, rings, cufflinks, brooches, and bracelets. Throughout his work, Tom has cultivated his talents and created pieces of art that will be worn and admired for many generations to come.


     


    For more information about Tom and his work, visit http://www.sevenfingers.com.

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Sculptor Hoss Haley

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, October15th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is sculptor Hoss Haley.


    Join us for this LIVE interview- if you have a question for Nancy during the conversation, log onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


    Sculptor Hoss Haley creates two and three dimensional works in steel, concrete, and bronze. He favors industrial materials and fabrication methods, often building or adapting the machines and tools he uses to produce his work. Hoss has completed public art projects for the Pack Square Conservancy (Asheville, NC), Charlotte Area Transit System and Mecklenburg County (NC) as well as several privately commissioned large-scale steel sculptures. Hoss’s work has been shown at several museums and galleries nationwide, and he has been a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts (NC) and at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (WI). Hoss learned machining and steel fabrication at an early age and then apprenticed as a blacksmith for several years in Texas and New Mexico. Decades later his work is heavily influenced both conceptually and aesthetically by the western landscape of his youth.


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  • Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jeweler, Craftsman, Teacher and Toolmaker, Bill Fretz

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is  Bill Fretz: jeweler, craftsman, teacher and designer of remarkable tools. 


    Join us for this LIVE interview- if you have a question for Bill during the conversation, log onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 


    About Bill 


    Bill's interest in making jewelry began with his interest in jewelry-making tools (no surprise) and grew after talking to renowned metalsmiths like Paul Evans. Developing his own line of tools was his answer to the design challenges he would encounter, challenges that traditional tools couldn't fix. 


    It's his love of tools and working with metal, seeing what overlapping hammer blows can do, that inspires Bill to design award-winning jewelry and custom tools. Fretz forming stakes represent perfected precision and unrivaled quality. His innovative, gorgeous tools are not only the prized possessions of scores of jewelry-makers, they have also been exhibited at trade shows and in galleries. 


    Today, Bill continues to design custom tools and teach students how to use them, all while running his business with his wife Marian in Bucksport, Maine. His best teaching moment to date? As a teaching assistant to jeweler John Paul Miller at Cleveland Institute of Art (his first job). And in every class he teaches, Bill's love of metal-forming is renewed as his students "constantly remind me that designing with metal is an exploration." 


    http://www.fretzdesign.com

  • 00:59

    Metalsmith Benchtalk Past Favorites with Kevin Potter

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    This Thursday, September 17th 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 2013 with Kevin Potter of Potter USA, a manufacturer of artistic metalworking tools including hydraulic presses, metalsmithing stakes, and dies.
     
    Bio: Kevin Potter began as fine jeweler in Tucson, Arizona. He specialized in carving custom waxes and casting but also drew the designs and set stones, essentially designing pieces from start to finish. He eventually worked into having his own line of jewelry that was sold in stores throughout the US. Kevin gained experience using machine tools while attending the University of Arizona, where he received a BFA in drawing/painting.
     
    He worked in the machine shops on campus and eventually started his own machine shop where he used his tools for the production of stainless steel jewelry. He quickly decided to make silversmithing stakes. He always enjoyed using them in college, but could never afford to purchase them. After he made his first few sets, he advertised them on Craig's list in several cities known as artist communities: Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, etc.
     
    Kevin always liked Otto Frei jewelry supply and contacted them about his stakes. They liked them and decided to carry his line of stakes. Gradually he began to make other tools and started the Potter USA website with the help of a friend who was a retired computer programer.
     
    For more about Kevin and Potter USA, visit http://www.potterusa.com.

  • Metalsmith Benchtalk with Lapidary Artists and Jewelers Tom and Kay Benham

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    Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST are lapidary artists and jewelers Tom and Kay Benham. 


    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. 


    About Tom and Kay:


    Tom has been a lapidary and jeweler for more than forty years.  Kay, the beneficiary of his creations over the years, eventually yielded to the lure of creating jewelry and joined Tom in the workshop.  


    Over the past 15 years, Tom and Kay have had more than 50 lapidary and metalsmithing articles and projects published in the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine.  Since January 2002, they have co-edited a monthly column in which they field questions and offer advice on a variety of jewelry making topics.  


    They taught Intarsia classes for several years and currently teach Chasing & Repoussé classes at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.  In addition, Tom and Kay have taught Chasing & Repoussé and metalworking and lapidary workshops for The Florida Society of Goldsmiths; Creative Side Jewelry Academy, Austin, TX; Denver School of Metal Arts, Denver, CO; and for gem & mineral societies in Florida and Texas.


     

  • Metalsmith Benchtalk with Mixed Metals Jewelry Artist and Metalsmith Pam Caidin

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is mixed metals jewelry artist and metalsmith Pam Caidin. 


    Join us 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. 


    Artist Statement: 


    My work is always evolving. What does stay constant are two things. One is my desire for simplified, elemental, almost primordial form; leaves, pebbles, diatoms, planets. The second is my fascination with pattern. Found in nature or man-made, I mostly find them to be one and the same. "Etching" is my current body of work:


    All matter and energy in the universe are governed by the same natural forces. Patterns are a visible manifestation of these forces. Trees, ice crystals, capillaries, all share the same dendritic growth pattern. The optic nerve takes the same radial form as the rays of the sun, or the dandelion. Animate or inanimate, growth or decay, everything follows the same organizing principles.


    My work is an interpretation of these patterns in metal. I make drawings based on found images, then photoetch those drawings into copper and nickel silver, letting the acid eat all the way through the metal, until what remains is a lacy replica of the original drawing. This pattern is overlayed onto fine silver by soldering the two metals together, then rolled in a rolling mill to imbed the etching into the silver. This overlayed piece is then used as an element in a hand fabricated hollow form.


    http://www.pamcaidin.com

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with 2015 Halstead Grant Winner Samantha Skelton

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    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. 


     


    About Samantha:


     


    “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. “


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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith and Owner of MeanderWorks, Marilyn Brogan

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    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. 


     


    Please join us 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. 


     


    About Marilyn;


     


    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.


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  • 00:50

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Brand Consultant David Kepron.

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    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. 


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