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Metalsmith BenchTalk on BlogTalkRadio with Helen Goga

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My guest on the Thursday, December 16th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Helen Goga. Helen’s enthusiasm for wire jewellery has led her on an amazing journey — an adventure beyond any of her expectations. As a wire-art jeweller, she recognized the infinite possibilities for design and self-expression. Striving for distinction, her work reflects her personality and carries her unique artistic signature. Originally motivated by a desire to build a family-based business where she could apply her business savvy, she left a managerial position. Using the same degree of dedication and determination she used throughout her business career, she taught herself the basics of making jewellery from wire. For that reason, she is especially sensitive to those who are just learning and takes great care whenever explaining a set of instructions. Sharing her artistic insights has led her to become the publisher/editor of The Wire Artist Jeweller magazine where she not only organized each issue but also photographed and wrote the instructions to each project. Taking care to present the instructions in a methodical manner, she is highly sought after as an instructor. Knowing how difficult it was for other wire jewellers to share their secrets — especially their patterns — she led by example and generously contributed many clever and original patterns of her own: Faceted Lopsided Heart (February, 2003); Victorian Pendant and Simple Pin (July/August, 2003); Renaissance Cab Bracelet and Hooped Earrings (September 2003); Don’t Bug Me — Paperclip Critter (May 2003); Forever Pin (November 2003); Wave Pin and Dragonfly Paperclip Pocket Pal (May 2004) — to name just a few. But what she was most proud of was how this magazine helped build a sense of community for wire-art jewellers and how that generated interest for wire jewellery in other publications. Please join us for an interesting session with Helen; for more information: http://wirejeweler.com/index.html