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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, 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

Join us on Thursday, August 4th at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern on MetalSmith BenchTalk for a re-broadcast of our favorite episodes featuring Ajit Menon, Director of Technology for United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. United is a... more

My Guest this Thursday, July 28th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jeweler and instructor James Dailing of Dailing Designs from Portland, Oregon. Bio: Dailing Designs specializes in one-of-a-kind custom wedding designs,... more

My Guest this Thursday, July 21st at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jeweler and metalsmith Don Friedlich from Madison Wisconsin. Bio: Donald Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American... more

My Guest this Thursday, July 14th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artisan, instructor, and craft marketing dynamo Bruce Baker from Middlebury, Vermont. Bio: Bruce is a craft marketing dynamo! Thousands have learned to... more
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