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Metalsmith BenchTalk with Sam Patania

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My Guest on Thursday, September 19th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist and jeweler Sam Patania.
About: Samuel Frank Patania started his career in jewelry at the age of 15 by taking jewelry classes from his father, Frank Patania Jr. His father was a highly accomplished and internationally recognized jewelry artist who had been taught by his father, Frank Patania Sr. Since opening the family business in Santa Fe, NM in 1927, the Patania family has always created distinctive jewelry that art collectors around world recognize and prize for uncompromising standards of excellence.
As a teenager, Sam apprenticed to his father and over the next ten years he learned and came to love the art of jewelry. When Sam took over the family business in 1990 he began to define himself as an artist, evolving his personal vision of this artform. In 1999 the Tucson Museum of Art gave the Patania family the Contemporary Southwest Images XIV show and exhibit: The Stonewall Foundation Series titled "The Patanias: A Legacy in Silver and Gold". The family's artistic recognition was again celebrated when the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art accepted three pieces, one from each Patania generation into the permanent collection at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC.
Since that time Sam has continued to define himself as an artist. Sam has paid close attention to the fashion world because he believes that in order to be an evolving contemporary artist in jewelry he must understand where his work fits into the world of fashion. Sam is sensitive to the power, strength and confidence that fashion brings to everyday life. 
For more about Sam, visit http://www.spatania.com.