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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
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
This week on Metalsmith Benchtalk Jay Whaley will interview Toby Pomeroy, an ethical metalsmith and jewelr who has traveled the world in search of fair mined gold. We'll ask him about his journey, about gold mining pracitces and how we can do our part to support ethical metalsmithing.
Growing up in India, Toby discovered his commitment to life in balance. Today TOBY POMEROY™ is a world leader in environmentally sustainable and socially responsible jewelry. The launch of EcoGold and EcoSilver set a new standard, defining ethical luxury in ways never seen previously. Marrying timeless design with social responsibility, TOBY POMEROY jewelry truly makes sustainability beautiful.
Inspired by craftspeople of India and touched by the natural beauty of the environment, Toby became fascinated with nature-influenced design. Today, TOBY POMEROY studio is a handful of young artists who, fascinated with texture and form, live to work with their hands. Their commitment to live, learn and create in harmony has the artisans forging reclaimed and source-certified, Fairmined TRUE GOLD™ metals into graceful forms inspired by the simplicity of nature. While technologies have come and gone in the over thirty years that Toby Pomeroy has designed jewelry, his studio continues to pursue the purity of the ancient craft. Like their process, the studio’s designs are timeless, refined and beautiful.
For more on Toby Pomeroy, visit his website
and/or follow him on facebook
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.
This Thursday, January 16th 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.
My Guest this Thursday, September 5th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is 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.
My Guest this Thursday, May 5th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Dana Cassara, an instructor and the founder of Danaca Design.
Dana Cassara began practicing the art of silversmithing at North Seattle Community College in 1992. She discovered her love for the craft after returning to school to pursue a teaching degree with a focus in social studies. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1998 with a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas as well as Interdisciplinary Arts, because she just couldn’t stay out of the art department. She has been teaching jewelry design since 1999 and loves what she does.
Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun.
With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!
For more about Danaca Design: http://www.danacadesign.com/
Join us at blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios for what should be an educational and enjoyable conversation.
My Guest on the Thursday, March 17th episode of MetalSmith BenchTalk is Jeffrey Herman, Silver Restoration & Conservation Expert and Founder of the Society of American Silversmiths http://www.silversmithing.com/
A little bit about Jeffrey - in his own words: I started my business in 1984, and have built this business on quality craftsmanship with a special sensitivity towards the finishing of every piece. I have repaired & reconstructed everything from historically important tankards, tea services, and tureens to disposal-damaged and dishwasher-dulled flatware.
I consider myself an environmentalist, using the safest, non-toxic, organic products available. My workshop is state-of-the-art in safety and cleanliness.
Before I started my own business, I worked at Gorham as a designer, sample maker, and technical illustrator. Upon leaving Gorham, I took a position at Pilz Ltd. where I learned the fine art of restoration, and fabricated mass-produced ecclesiastical ware. I earned a BFA degree in silversmithing and jewelry making from Maine College of Art in Portland, where I studied under Harold Schremmer and Ernest Thompson - two outstanding designer/craftsmen. I am the founder of theSociety of American Silversmiths.
For examples of Jeff's restoration work, see: http://www.hermansilver.com/beforeandafter.htm
Join us at blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios for what should be an educational and enjoyable conversation.
On the Thursday, September 17th, 2009 broadcast, we're continuing our journey into the art of metalsmithing, and jewelry making. My guest is Katherine Palochak, see: http://www.metalsandgems.com/ for more information.
Katherine Palochak learned silversmithing from Native Americans while living in New Mexico. She combines these techniques with contemporary techniques and designs. Her work consists primarily of commissioned pieces and private sales, and she teaches workshops and classes in metalsmithing through community colleges and other organizations.
According to Palochak, "Jewelry has a need to be alive and powerful, pulsing with its own energy, rather than a static adornment. I want people to exhilarate in the beauty itself and appreciate the impression of intensity. Any art is a reflection and an extension of ourselves, and we use it to project our innermost feelings to others. Jewelry, as a personal artistic adornment, is a means to communicate what lies below a façade we present to the world."
Katherine is a talented and creative practitioner of our art, do join us for what is likely to be a fun and informative conversation.
For more information, see: http://bit.ly/rIDXX