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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, March 12th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is French Canadian jewelry artist Matthieu Chemise. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat room or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. About Matthieu: ?I was born in Paris and at the age of 19 moved to Taos, New Mexico, where I started learning jewellery making from Navajo, Hopi and Zuni silversmiths. Seven years later I moved to Mali, West Africa where I studied with Touareg and Bambara jewellers for several years. I then established myself in Montreal where I joined a jewellery school to learn a more classical view of the trade. Since my arrival there I have been making jewellery and selling it in galleries and shows throughout Canada and the United States. For the past seven years I have been teaching jewellery at a professional school. For many years now, I have been working to give back to the West African jewellers who taught me and have given me so much. One of the ways I have been doing this is through a teaching collaboration. I have been filming old techniques in Guinea, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and then creating a course from those videos. I offer these classes in Montreal and split the proceeds with the African jeweller. The revenue created by this equitable collaboration is leading to formidable changes in the lives of these wonderful and skilful jewellers. I have also been giving many conferences on West African jewellers, their techniques and their day-to-day lives. My hope is to open a jewellery school in Guinea in the near future.? Website: /http://http://www.matthieucheminee.com/about/
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Our guest on the Thursday, January 13th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Mount Airy, North Carolina metalsmith Andrea Kennington, see http://www.handmadeinamerica.org/artists/andrea-chuck-kennington for more... more

My guest on the Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Alison Lee, founder of the popular 'Craftcast Series' on the web. See: http://www.craftcast.com/ for more information. Alison describes herself as... more

My guest on the Thursday, December 16th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Helen Goga. Helen’s enthusiasm for wire jewellery has led her on an amazing journey — an adventure beyond any of her expectations. As a wire-art... more

My guest on the Thursday, December 9th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Ajit Menon, Director of Technology for United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. For more information see: http://www.unitedpmr.com/. United is a leading... more

My guest on the Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is the dynamic and talented Marlene Richey, for more about Marlene, see: http://www.marlenerichey.com/Marlene_Richey/about_marlene.html... more

My guest on the Thursday, November 18th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Andy 'The Tool Guy' Kroungold. or @andythetoolguy on Twitter, see: http://twitter.com/#!/andythetoolguy Andy is the 'tool guy' at Stuller.com For a... more

My guest on the Thursday, November 11th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Marthe Le Van, Acquisitions & Development Editor, Lark Jewelry, who is now blogging at http://www.larkcrafts.com/jewelry-beading/. Marthe Le... more

My guest on the Thursday, November 4th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is sculptor, artist and metalsmith Chris Bridgland. Chris hails from 'down-under' and is just wrapping up a six month 'four corners' Kerouac-esque... more

My guest on the Thursday, October 28th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Bill Seeley, of Reactive Metals Studio; see: http://reactivemetals.com/,... more

PROGRAM NOTE: The interview begins at 1:16 mark, don't give up!! My guest on the Thursday, October 21, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Thomas Mann, see: http://http://thomasmann.com/, for his work, gallery, exhibition... more
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