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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.

Upcoming Broadcasts

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 Blogtalkradio.com or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. About Julia: "I was born in rural Virginia. At 8, I moved with my family to the remote Quaker community of Monteverde in the tropical mountains of Costa Rica. If things broke, you fixed them, if you needed something you didn't have, you created it out of what you did have or did without it. From this up bringing I inherited a delight in the engineering puzzles of inventing and building, and an easy patience with the general processes of making things. Growing up, my hands were always busy with embroidery, crocheting, weaving, and other fiber arts. I received professional instruction in painting and drawing as well, but only discovered metal work and jewelry when I moved to Seattle, Washington in 1996. Early in my experiments with metal I gravitated to chains. The manual dexterity gained from decades of handwork and needlework served me well, and translated nicely to linking and knitting with wire. Today I still live in Seattle, now writing articles and teaching classes on chain making, with work showcased in numerous books & magazines." Website ShoeBoxStudio
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On-Demand Episodes

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

My Guest this Thursday, October 6th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is John Rais, who will discuss his one of-a-kind furniture, sculpture, and architectural metal work. Bio: John Rais has been engaged in the field of metalsmithing and... more

My Guest this Thursday, September 29th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist, sculptor, pioneer, and professor of art Marjorie Schick. We'll talk to her about her amazing work, teaching art in an American University,... more

My Guest this Thursday, September 22nd at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is art historian and curator Damian Skinner. Bio: Damian Skinner is an independent art historian and curator, based in New Zealand. Has published a... more

My Guest this Thursday, September 15th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Patti Crandall. Bio: ?Metalsmithing, with the focus on creativity.? We'll talk with Patti about her style and how she's having so much fun being... more

My Guest this Thursday, September 8th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Emiko Oye. She will be joined by Jennifer Shaifer, Harriete Estel Berman, and Garth Johnson to discuss the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, California.... more

My Guest this Thursday, September 1st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is expert wax carver Margie Mersky of Margie Mersky Custom Designs. Bio: Margie Mersky has over twenty four years of experience in the jewelry industry.... more

My Guest this Thursday, August 25th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Tevel Herbstman of All Craft Tools To learn more about Tevel and All Craft Tools, visit their website at www.allcraftusa.com.

My Guest this Thursday, August 18th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is the lively and inspiring silversmith Helga van Leipsig. Helga van Leipsig in her own words: "Shapes inspire." Every ‘La Leipsig' is born from a... more

Join us on Thursday, August 11th at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern on MetalSmith BenchTalk for a re-broadcast of one of our favorite episodes featuring artist, metalsmith, and sculptor Harriete Estel Berman. Harriete Estel Berman uses... more
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