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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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My Guest this Thursday, December 15th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Gina Pankowski of Lattis Design. Gina is an award-winning artist who brings with her a wealth of information for the bench jeweler and designer. With her... more

My Guest this Thursday, December 8th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Daniel Ballard of Precious Metals West. We'll be talking about palladium, alloys, casting, etc.; this is your chance to get all those refining questions answered!... more

My Guest this Thursday, December 1st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is leathersmith and bootmaker John Allen Woodward. About John: "Award-winning artist John Allen Woodward is one of the few Americans still making fine,... more

This Thursday, November 24th is Thanksgiving. So MetalSmith BenchTalk will be re-airing one of our favorite recent episodes with Tevel Herbstman of All Craft Tools. Tune in at 3 p.m. PST. To learn more about Tevel and All Craft Tools,... more

My Guest this Thursday, November 17th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is visionary goldsmith Wayne Werner. About Wayne: "He is "Visionary Goldsmith" and performer from the Baltimore area and has been making a living as an... more

My Guest this Thursday, November 10th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Lee Marshall, the "saw guy." About Lee: "I am dedicated to helping you pursue your work and your passion for well-made tools that bring pleasure to the... more

My Guest this Thursday, November 3rd at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Ronda Coryell. Bio: If you have heard the word "Argentium" you have heard Ronda Coryell's name. Jay will be talking to Ronda about the latest chapter in... more

My Guest this Thursday, October 27th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith, abstract painter, author, educator, and entrepreneur Lisa Van Herik. We'll explore Lisa's fascination with the movement of wire, much like drawing,... more

My Guests this Thursday, October 20th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk are Emiko Oye, Rebecca Dean, and Garth Johnson, who will be discussing the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco. Info: In celebration of the Metal Arts Guild of... more

Join us this Thursday, October 13th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk for a re-broadcast of one of our favorite episodes with the talented metalsmith, writer, and teacher Andy Cooperman of Cooperman Jewelry. Andy's Bio: 'I have... more
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