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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.

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My Guest this Thursday, February 14th 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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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 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... 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

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is jewelry artist Chi Galatea Huynh. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat-room or sending a message... more

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... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is Thomas Mann, metal artist, gallery owner, lecturer and author. Participate by logging into the chatroom, or send your questions or comments to... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm PDT/ 6:00 EDT is Karen Lorene, gallery owner, author and jewelry appraiser. Please join us for this live interview and participate by creating a free user... more
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