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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 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 Originator of Mokume Gane, George Sawyer

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is award winning jeweler and metalsmith George Sawyer. 


    We welcome your participation! Log into the chatroom or send a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you have a question for George during the interview! 


    George Sawyer is the Society of North American Goldsmith’s winner of this year’s Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metal. He is the originator and internationally recognized master of gold mokume gane or "wood-grain metal".


    George Sawyer designs Mirror ImageTM wedding and commitment rings, earrings, pendants, men's jewelry, custom pieces and other unique wearable fine art.


    Looking at George Sawyer’s mesmerizing work is like gazing at clouds – you can see almost anything: water, wood, silk.


    “I have always loved the refinement, color and subtlety of Japanese art. Here are some historic pieces of Japanese art metalwork, all


     relating to the art of the sword, that have inspired my work.The pieces have a wonderful harmony of composition, color,


      sculptural shape and fulfillment of purpose.”


    http://www.georgesawyer.com


     

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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 New Zealand Jeweler and Taxidermist Julia deVille

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is New Zealand jeweler and taxidermist Julia deVille.

    We invite you to participate in this live interview by logging onto the char-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. 
     
    About Julia: Arriving in Australia from New Zealand on the cusp of adulthood, deVille trained as a jeweller and learned further crafting skills studying shoe design before her long hunt for a taxidermy mentorship was successful. Driven by a strong commitment to animal rights, deVille’s sculptural assemblages belie the heroic, trophy-hunting culture associated with mounting dead animals. In a form of gentle protest she combines precious gems and metals with antique ‘ready-mades’ to challenge our disregard for and consumption of both wild and domesticated fauna.
     
    Commissioned by Hobart’s MONA to create a permanent installation in 2011, deVille also won the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2012. She has taken out the People’s Choice Award in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize twice, and in 2006 her work was included in the MCA’s important Primavera survey exhibition. deVille’s work was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012. She exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas.
     
    Other Accounts
    instagram.com/juliadeville(Instagram)
     
    Website
    www.discemori.com


     

  • 01:01

    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/.

  • 01:00

    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


     

  • 01:00

    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Maker and Educator Anne M. Fiala

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is metal artist Anne M. Fiala. 


    Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or sending a message to the Whaley Studios' Facebook Page. 


    About: Anne M. Fiala is a maker and educator living in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She received a BFA in Industrial Design and a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington.


    In her work, Anne is an interdisciplinary artist who relies on instinct, process, and materials to create objects about memory and emotion.


    Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been included in various publications and catalogues.


    For more about Anne, visit her website and Facebook Page. 

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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: Archived interview with David Geller

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    My Guest this Thursday, February 29th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is David Geller, the owner of Jewelry Artisans, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia.


     


    About: David’s training started as a 10-year-old during the summers in his father’s jewelry wholesale manufacturing company. At the age of 16, David received a car for the sole purpose of coming to work after school.


     


    The family has traced their roots back 14 generations in the jewelry field, going back through New York, Odessa Russia, Spain, France and England. In 1972 David worked for Neiman Marcus when they opened up in Atlanta as a jeweler and then started Jewelry Artisans, as a trade shop in 1974. Within a few short years, the company dropped the trade accounts, dealing full time with the retail end of the business. In 1999 Jewelry Artisans performed over 8800 job envelopes doing over 1.8 million in sales, with half of that coming from the bench. 


     


    Over the years, David developed a system of paying his jewelers on a commission basis, giving them the ability to make a very good living and assuring the store profits of about four times on their labor. The 300 page price book that was developed for his store has quickly become the “repair bible” for over 2000 stores across the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Guam.


     


    David speaks to state jewelers organizations, at trade shows , and has three yearly all day seminars for the complete training of jewelers on how to price repairs and custom work.


     


    For more about David, visit: http://www.jewelerprofit.com/Home.html.


     

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    Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jewelry Artist Noël Yovovich

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    Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PST/ 6:00 EST is jewelry artist Noël Yovovich, a 2013 Saul Bell Award Finalist.Please join us for this live broadcast and participate by logging into the chatroom or by sending a message to the Whaley Studio’s Facebook Page.


     


    About: Noel Yovovich lives and works in Evanston, Illinois, but draws much of her inspiration from her childhood in rural Florida.  The locale was popular as an over-winter and retirement spot for traveling circus and carney performers. This colorful beginning was followed by study culminating in a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Chicago, and the professional pursuit of art ever since. Landscapes and intimate still-lives predominate in intricate jewelry, much of which uses carefully-controlled anodization of titanium, combined with sterling silver, plus gold, copper, and/or stones, to produce works with surprising detail and illusion of depth. Noël Yovovich has taught teens and adults for many years at the Evanston Art Center as well as the Bead & Button Show, BeadFests, and schools around the country.  President of the Chicago Metal Arts Guild, contributing editor of Art Jewelry Magazine and Lapidary Journal/ Jewelry Artist Magazine.


    For more info. please visit Noël’s website and Facebook page.


     

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