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Metalsmith Benchtalk is hosted by Jay Whaley owner of Whaley Studios and co-hosted and technically produced by Aly Kendrick. Whaley Studios is all things jewelry and the art of metalsmithing. This is and 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 jewelry making tools. 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, February 5th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST/ 4:00 MST is metalsmith Chris Nelson. Chris I will be teaching a 3 Day Basic Ferrous Musings/Fusings workshop in San Diego at Whaley Studios Feb. 27-March 1. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. About Chris: Chris began his goldsmithing career in 2000 and has studied under some of the most influential and highly respected art jewelry metalsmiths in the US. Mastery of several torches, alloying high-karat golds, fusing dissimilar metals, understanding metallurgy and chemistry, and exploring hand-applied textures and patinas have lead to the creation of Urban-Armour. Chris discovered the ancient Japanese technique, Zougan, to be a perfect process for applying fine gold and silver to iron and other non-precious metals on his jewelry. The work now includes a palette of 7 distinct gold alloys fused to highly hand-textured iron at temperatures approaching 2000 degrees F Urban-Armour jewelry begs to be worn to understand its ?indestructible substance and beauty.? Website: http://www.urban-armour.com/Home.html
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On the Thursday, September 16th broadcast at 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern, we'll hold an 'open mic' roundtable discussion on setting up and teaching classes and workshops. This session will be a tips and techniques approach to instructors,... more

My guest on the Thursday, August 9th, program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is the talented Maureen ('BZ') Brusa Zappellini, a metalsmith and jewelry artist from the desert southwest and Florence Italy. My guest host, Gregg Masters, and... more

On the Thursday, September 2nd broadcast, at 3PM PDT/6PM EDT, and for an unprecedented 3rd encore appearance, my guest is internationally acclaimed artist, educator, author and publisher Victoria Lansford. For more... more

On the August 26th show, at 3PM Pacific and 6PM Eastern, my guest is Benjamin Mark, of Tyler-Adam Corp., a direct marketer to Internet consumers. For details see: http://www.tyler-adam.com/ The 'about us' section of the company... more

On the August 19th show, my guest is high profile 'Arts Advocate', Wendy Rosen of The Rosen Group; which publishes the magazine 'Niche: What Independent Retailers Read' (see: http://www.nichemagazine.com/), and 'The American... more

Thursday, August 12th at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, my guest is world class lecturer and artist, Donald Friedlich. For more information: see: http://web.me.com/friedlich/www.dfriedlich.com/Welcome.html/ Friedlich received... more

Thursday, August 6th program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, my guest is the talented Ann Turpin Thayer. Direct from Ann's bio: 'I developed my version of wire wrap art jewelry by taking ancient jewelry-making techniques and interpreting... more

On the Thursday, July 29th broadcast, at 3PM PDT/6PM EDT, my guest is internationally acclaimed artist, educator, author and publisher Victoria Lansford. For more information, see: http://www.victorialansford.com/index.html. Victoria... more

On the Thursday, July 22nd program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, my guest is the globe hopping Andy Cooperman, who is fresh back from his 'tour de Turkey'. Andy is a world class metalsmith, writer, lecturer and mentor to many in... more

On the Thursday, July 15th program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, my guest is art jeweler and metalsmith Tracey Perseverance Johnson, who describes herself as '50% artist, 50% entrepreneur, in that order. I am an art jeweler and I... more
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