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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

Our guest on the Thursday, January 27th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is jeweler Sarah Abramson, MFA. For more information, see: http://www.sarahabramson.us/index.html. 'In 2004, Sarah spent a pivotal year at... more

On the Thursday, January 20th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern we're splitting the hour between two conversations. During the first half hour of the show, Jay Whaley interviews Corliss Rose of 2Roses, and Brigitte Martin... more

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
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