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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.

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Our guest on Metalsmith Benchttalk on (TBA) up-and-coming jewelry artist and metalsmith Charmaine Vegas. We invite you to participate in this live interview by logging onto the char-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook Instagram or Twitter About: When Charmaine moved to Long Beach to finish high school and go to college, she continued to make simple earrings and necklaces with pearls and beads, but felt like there had to be something more advanced to pursue. ?I was getting my AA in fashion and I noticed they had some classes for metal smithing—I was very intimidated," she said. "There were big ol' hammers, machines I had never used... I took my first class and made a simple ring, and I proved to myself I could do it. That's when it hit me. That's when I got the itch.? Despite the pull to stick to her passion, Charmaine pursued a 12-year career in Visual Merchandising, hitting a crossroads in her final year that would give way to Bless the Theory. She discovered the name Bless the Theory when she was reading an article on adornment theory. A professor had written the piece and allowed his students to weigh in with their own ideas. One of the students had written something along the lines of, ?I'm thankful for that theory and bless it.? Vist her website and Facebook Page.
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Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is goldsmith Pat Flynn. Please join us for this LIVE interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message directly... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith, author and teacher Joanna Gollberg. Please join us for this LIVE interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith Pat Cahill. Please join us for this LIVE interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message directly... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is knife maker Steven Tedford. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat room at Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is studio jeweler and writer, Bruce Metcalf. Please join us for this LIVE broadcast, and participate by logging onto the chatroom at Blogtalkradio.com or... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday May 21st, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is jewelry artist Julia Lowther. We invite you to listen to this LIVE interview and participate in this live interview by logging onto the chatroom on... more

Our guests on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday May 21st, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST are ceramic and metal artists Kranitsky and Overstreet. We invite you to listen and participate in this live interview by logging onto the chatroom on... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchalk on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is metalsmith and jeweler April Wood. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or by sending a message to Whaley... more

This Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk we'll go back into the archives for a Past Favorites epiosde with artist Michael Romanik. Since 1992, Michael has created production, 'limit-production' and one-of-a-kind... more
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