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Metalsmith Benchtalk is hosted by Jay Whaley owner of Whaley Studios and co-hosted and technically produced by Aly Kendrick. Whaley Studios is all things jewelry and the art of metalsmithing. This is and 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 jewelry making tools. 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, October 2, 2014 at 3:00 PDT / 6:00 EDT is Hayley Henning, who coordinates the CSR projects for TanzaniteONe Mining, which will include the schools, orphanage, and the Maasai Ladies' Project. 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 Hayley: Hayley Henning was the Executive Director of the Tanzanite Foundation, headquartered in New York. In a jewelry career spanning nearly 18 years, Henning's focus is jewelry in the luxury marketplace. Her passion for colored gemstones was ignited in her native South Africa where she started her career. Hayley provides jewelry industry assistance and tanzanite marketing tools for retailers and manufacturers. She facilitates collaborations between jewelry designers, manufacturers and tanzanite dealers, for companies wishing to boost their sales via tanzanite. For many consumers Hayley is the 'Face of Tanzanite', driving awareness and desire for the gem with her numerous television and public appearances and speaking engagements. For more about Hayley, check out this article on JCKonline.com.
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On-Demand Episodes

Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT are Brigitte Martin, creator of crafthaus and SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) liaison and member, and Rachel Timmins, jewelry... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is Reba Engel, jewelry designer, metalsmith and former student of Jay Whaley! We encourage you to participate in this live interview by logging... more

We are excited to have David Huang on Metalsmith Benchtalk this Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3p.m. PDT/ 6EDT. Join us for the live interview and participate by logging into the chatroom or sending a message to our Facebook... more

This Thursday, September 4th at 3 p.m. PDT/ 6EDT on Metalsmtih Benchtalk we'll be running an archived show with Alison Lee, the host of CRAFTCAST. About CRAFTCAST: Our mission is to inspire and nurture the creative spark in... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 3:00 PST/6:00/ EST is Jane Groover, jewelry designer, metalsmith and co-owner of the Taboo Studios in San Diego, CA. We are excited to discuss Taboo Studio's... more

We had issues connecting with our guest via Skype but after 2:46 min we get it sorted so please hang in there and keep listening! Our guest on Thursday, August 21st at 3:00 pm PST/ 6:00 EST on Metalsmith Benchtalk is Fred... more

Our guest on Thursday, August 14th at 3:00 pm PST on Metalsmith Benchtalk is Cat Bates! Participate by joining us in the chatroom! About Cat: Cat spent his early childhood, and summers through grade school, on Monhegan Island off of... more

My Guest this Thursday, July 7th at 3 p.m. PDT/6EDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is an archived interview with artist Biba Schutz! Bio: Biba Schutz is a self-taught jewelry artist who began her design career as a graphic artist. She was trained... more

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... more
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