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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 Benchttalk on (TBA) up-and-coming jewelry artist and metalsmith Charmaine Vegas. We invite you to participate in this live interview by logging onto the char-room or sending a message to Whaley Studios via Facebook Instagram or Twitter About: When Charmaine moved to Long Beach to finish high school and go to college, she continued to make simple earrings and necklaces with pearls and beads, but felt like there had to be something more advanced to pursue. ?I was getting my AA in fashion and I noticed they had some classes for metal smithing—I was very intimidated," she said. "There were big ol' hammers, machines I had never used... I took my first class and made a simple ring, and I proved to myself I could do it. That's when it hit me. That's when I got the itch.? Despite the pull to stick to her passion, Charmaine pursued a 12-year career in Visual Merchandising, hitting a crossroads in her final year that would give way to Bless the Theory. She discovered the name Bless the Theory when she was reading an article on adornment theory. A professor had written the piece and allowed his students to weigh in with their own ideas. One of the students had written something along the lines of, ?I'm thankful for that theory and bless it.? Vist her website and Facebook Page.
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NOTE: This is a re-broadcast of prior segment on SNAG 2011 Annual Conference Preview!! Beginning with the Thursday, February 10th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern we begin to spotlight the Society of North American... more

On the Thursday, at 3PM Pacific and 6PM Eastern on the March 3rd program, my guest is world traveler and recent consumer of the American health care system's services, the talented metalsmith, writer, and teacher Andrew Cooperman, of... more

My guest on the Thursday, on February 24th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Etienne Perret, a designer and jeweler from Camden, Maine. For more information, see: http://bit.ly/gJBtTN/. Etienne Perret holds a Bachelor of fine... more

Our guest on the Thursday, January 6th, 2011 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

Beginning with the Thursday, February 10th, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern we begin to spotlight the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Flux 2011 Annual Conference with co-chairs, Joan Hammond, Carmen Valdes... more

Our guest on the Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Crafthaus founder, entrepreneur, and admitted 'craft-nerd', Brigitte Martin. For more on Brigitte, see: http://crafthaus.ning.com/profile/brigittemartin/... more

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
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