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Metalsmith Benchtalk is hosted by Master Goldsmith Jay Whaley, owner of Whaley Studios, and co-hosted and technically produced by his student of 2 years, Ashley Elizabeth Kendrick, (Aly). Whaley Studios is all things jewelry and the art of metalsmithing. Teaching has been a passion of Jay's for some time- he served as the head jewelery instructor at the University of California, San Diego, Crafts Center for over two decades and is also the owner/operator of Whaley Studios in the Hillcrest District of San Diego, and the inventor of many fine metalsmithing tools. "Jay is willing to tackle challenging issues within the craft community and invite a wide range of personalities. There is nothing else like it!" - Harriete Estel Berman During our program, our intention is to feature artists in the craft and discuss, educate, problem solve and entertain callers while we consider topics of interest in the metalsmithing and jewelry making trades.

Upcoming Broadcasts

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

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... more

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... more

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... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST/ 4:00 MST is metalsmith Chris Nelson. Chris I will be teaching a 3 Day Basic Ferrous Musings/Fusings workshop in San Diego at Whaley Studios Feb.... more

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... more

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... more

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,... more

Our guest on Metalsmiht Benchtalk on December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is author, metalsmith, designer and teacher Tim McCreight. This is an archived interview from 2009. Tim received a BA from the College of Wooster in... more

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... more
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