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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.

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Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is jewelry artist Chi Galatea Huynh. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios' Facebook Page. About: Chi Galatea Huynh, the creator of Galatea, was born and raised in the jewelry industry. His father was a talented and widely respected jeweler. One day Chi's father revealed the greatest mystery to him, what does it take to be a great jeweler? His father said, ?If you want to be a great jeweler it takes skill and repetition. To be a ‘great jeweler' also requires patience, dedication, courage and a special love for your trade. Having these qualities makes you worthy to work in my shop?. Today at Galatea, they have more than jewelers, they have what they call an ?Olympic? team of jewelers all of whom share this philosophy and love for the trade. Galatea is widely known for their Diamond-In-A-Pearl collections and their Galatea Pearl collections. His jewelry creations are all truly works of art. ?Galatea? was a statue that came to life, which arrived from Greek Mythology. As an artist, Chi wants his work to come to life. To learn more, visit Galatea's website and Facebook Page.
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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

On the Thursday, July 8th program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, I chat with Brian Adam, who humbly describes himself 'a jeweller who makes spectacles'. See: http://adam.co.nz/index.html for more information and some of those... more

My guest on the Thursday, July 1st, 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. Maureen is the founder of the blog... more

On the Thursday, June 24th program at 3PM Pacific and 6 PM Eastern, I chat with author, instructor, metalsmith and Pewter specialist Lisa Slovis Mandel. Lisa is a nationally recognized metalsmith, jeweler, and teacher. She has... more

On the Thursday, June 17th broadcast at 3PM Pacific and 6PM Eastern, Jay Whaley chats with Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain. Charles trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the US. His work is concerned... more

On the June 10th broadcast at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern, my producer and engineer of this series will guest host the show. I am taking a long overdue 'mini-vacation'. On the program we'll chat with Denise Bonaimo, instructor for... more

On the Thursday, June 3rd broadcast, at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern, my guest is the talented jeweler and metalsmith Brad Simon; see: http://benchmedia.typepad.com/jewelrymaking/ Brad is a JA Certified Master... more

On the Thursday, May 27th broadcast at 3PM Pacific, 6PM Eastern, my in studio guest is author, lecturer, and jewelry making mentor extraordinaire Nancy Megan Corwin for a 'Chasing and repousse' pre-workshop special. Megan will be... more
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