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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.


    Website

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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.


    Website

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Metalsmith and Jewelry Artist April Wood

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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. 


    About:


    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. 

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with San Francisco Jewelry Artist Sarah Graham

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchalk on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM PST is San Fancisco jewerly artist, Sarah Graham. 


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message to Whaley Studio's via Facebook Instgram or Twitter. 


    About Sarah:


    By incorporating innovative materials with her exceptional design sense, Sarah Graham creates jewelry that is unlike anything else; organic, textural, with a muted palate that is subtly feminine, yet substantial; unique, yet universal in its appeal. The natural inspiration behind the jewelry – whether cast directly from Jacaranda Pods and decayed wood or rendered in wax from a microscopic view of single cell marine organisms – gives her designs a texture and feel that makes them infinitely wearable. But it is the matte black finish of oxidized cobalt chrome juxtaposed with 18k yellow, rose and white gold, set with colored diamonds, that is its’ most eye-catching element.


    Sarah’s statement making jewelry is exciting and elegant with a constant stream of new designs flowing from her studio every year. This, along with Sarah’s unique combination of business and retail experience, traveling, a rigorous apprenticeship and her dedication to providing amazing customer service to her clients, ensure many more years of success for Sarah Graham Metalsmithing.


    Sarah is currently vice president of the American Jewelry Design Council. She currently resides in San Francisco , CA  and works with a staff of seven at her Dog Patch neighborhood studio.


    Website: http://sarahgraham.com

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jeweler, Silversmith and Author Matthieu Cheminee

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is French Canadian jewelry artist Matthieu Cheminee. 


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


    About Matthieu-


    “I was born in Paris and at the age of 19 moved to Taos, New Mexico, where I started learning jewellery making from Navajo, Hopi and Zuni silversmiths. Seven years later I moved to Mali, West Africa where I studied with Touareg and Bambara jewellers for several years. 


    I then established myself in Montreal where I joined a jewellery school to learn a more classical view of the trade. Since my arrival there I have been making jewellery and selling it in galleries and shows throughout Canada and the United States. For the past seven years I have been teaching jewellery at a professional school.


    For many years now, I have been working to give back to the West African jewellers who taught me and have given me so much. One of the ways I have been doing this is through a teaching collaboration.  I have been filming old techniques in Guinea, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and then creating a course from those videos. I offer these classes in Montreal and split the proceeds with the African jeweller. The revenue created by this equitable collaboration is leading to formidable changes in the lives of these wonderful and skilful jewellers. 


    I have also been giving many conferences on West African jewellers, their techniques and their day-to-day lives. My hope is to open a jewellery school in Guinea in the near future.”


    Website: /http://http://www.matthieucheminee.com/about/

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    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 Local Author and Jewelry Designer Connie Fox

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 3:00pm PST is local author and jewelry designer Connie Fox. 


    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 Connie: Connie Fox was a psychotherapist who turned to fabricating jewelry 18years ago. Once a means of balancing her very demanding job, jewelrymaking eventually became her full time pursuit. In the course of learningfabrication skills she realized her designs were mundane and unsatisfying.This realization turned into a quest to learn as much about jewelry designas she could. Fifteen years later, she is sharing what she learned in her recently self-published eBook, Maker Magic: How to Develop YOUR Voice Designing Art Jewelry. She wrote the book for people who are overwhelmedwith choices, stuck in repeating familiar designs, referencing otherswork, or simply in need of design information."


    Website: 


    http://www.jatayu.com


     

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Italian Jewelry Artist Mariella Pilato

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST / 4:00 MST is Italian jewelry artist Mariella Pilato. 


     


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


     


    About:


    Mariella Pilato is an artist who creates jewelry with precious metals, semi precious and precious stones.


    Mariella's creative work tells the story of her cultural heritage, reflecting good taste and innovation while her vision recalls traditions with a sensitive trend toward a joyful fashion & modernity....


    blessed with her Italian heritage,and the good fortune to be born and raised in Sorrento ...land of great myths of the mediterranean sea linked to the legends of the homeric heroes....


    this land of mythic creatures and mermaids has influenced the imagination and creativity of this young woman while she explored, cultivated and developed her talents at the academia di belle arti in naples and florence...


    after which she gravitated to another magical place, rich in history, myths and ancient arts , the Hindu island of bali in the Indonesian archipelago...


    from where mariella organizes her work on an artistic level and there she creates, fabricates and distributes her exquisite and original jewelry to the rest of the world.


     


    Website


     

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Couture Jewelry Artist Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 22nd 2015 at 3:00 PST / 6:00 EST is couture jewelry artist Michell Pajak-Reynolds .


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending your questions to us via social media ( Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) or by logging onto the chat room. 


    About : Michelle's formal jewelry and metalsmithing training began in a 10th grade jewelry class at Mentor High School and she went on to perfect her artistic and business skills via a BFA in Jewelry from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace University


    Michelle's jewelry is highly sought after by fashion stylists, celebrities and collectors.  Her pieces have been exhibited internationally and worn by celebrities including Sophia Bush, Jillian Barberie, Nona Gaye, Dina Manzo, and Miss Brazil 2010 Debora Lyra.  Michelle's designs have also been featured on the cover of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, LA Brides, and Created Woman magazines and the runways of New York Fashion Week.


    Michelle Pajak-Reynolds's work has been recognized with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award from Sales & Marketing Executives International, an Arts Business Challenge Award from the Council of Smaller Enterprises and she is the winner of the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Old Becomes New Design Challenge.


    Michelle's Website


    Photographs by Julie Stanley

     

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Artist and Jeweler Jesse Bert

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PST/ 5:00 CST is artist and jeweler Jesse Bert. 


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending us your questions via social media  (via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook ) or by logging onto the chat room. 


    About:


    Originally from the U.S, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006. With eleven years of experience as a jeweler, Jesse has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina.


    Jesse’s prefered work format is sculptural jewelry that incorporates recycled and found objects. Over the past five years Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques on a regular basis, to students of all skill levels, at his private studio in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. He also teaches annual workshops around Mexico as well as in other countries.


     “When I am not teaching or working on new pieces, I love to be outside. I tend to my cactus collection or spend time exploring the Mexican countryside and hiking in the mountains.”


    Visit his website and Facebook Page. 

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk: Archived Interview with Knew Concepts Manager Brian Meek

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    My Guest this Thursday, February 26th at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith, machinist, tool designer, jeweler, and teacher Brian Meek, the Production Manager at Knew Concepts.


     


    About Brian: A metalsmith since the age of 15, Brian has spent his life mastering a number of techniques. Having studied at Syracuse University, as well as City of London Polytechnic, he rounded off his technical training at the Cranbrook Academy of Art with a Masters of Fine Art in Metalsmithing.


    Brian has taught jewelry to a variety of audiences, from university students to fellow jewelers in workshops. He spent 12 years teaching at Santa Barbara City College's Adult-Ed program -- widely recognized as one of the best community based jewelry programs in the country -- where he brought out the best in non-traditional students. He is currently teaching a weekend workshop studio course at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA, as well as a selection of classes at the TechShop in Menlo Park, CA.


    For more about Brian , visit http://www.alberic.net/page0/page0.html or http://ganoksin.com/blog/alberic/.