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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 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 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

My Guest this Thursday, July 7th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is metalsmith and instructor Candace Beardslee from Seattle, Washington. Bio: "For the past 30 years, using techniques ancient and modern, I've been making... more

My Guest this Thursday, June 30th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Karen Lorene, owner and resident appraiser of Facèré Art Gallery, in Seattle, Washington. Bio: Facèré Jewelry Art... more

My Guest this Thursday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is legendary jeweler, metalsmith, and art educator Ron Ho from Bellevue, WA. Bio: "Ron Ho is a jeweler and honored art educator living in Bellevue,... more

My Guests this Thursday, June 16th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk are Tedd and Becky McDonah, metalsmiths from Tempe, AZ. Becky & Tedd are Co-Chairs (with Lynette Andreason) of "SNAG: The Heat Is On!" which takes... more

My Guest this Thursday, June 9th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Texas-based metalsmith, sculptor, and historical armour craftsman Parker Brown. Parker says: "My current work focuses on the use of historical armour as a... more

My Guest this Thursday, June 2nd at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is acclaimed metalsmith and jeweler Andy Cooperman. Andy's bio: "I have considered myself a metalsmith since 1980. It was in the late 70's, as an... more
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