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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, January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is New Zealand jeweler and taxidermist Julia deVille. 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 Julia: Arriving in Australia from New Zealand on the cusp of adulthood, deVille trained as a jeweller and learned further crafting skills studying shoe design before her long hunt for a taxidermy mentorship was successful. Driven by a strong commitment to animal rights, deVille's sculptural assemblages belie the heroic, trophy-hunting culture associated with mounting dead animals. In a form of gentle protest she combines precious gems and metals with antique ‘ready-mades' to challenge our disregard for and consumption of both wild and domesticated fauna. Commissioned by Hobart's MONA to create a permanent installation in 2011, deVille also won the City of Hobart Art Prize in 2012. She has taken out the People's Choice Award in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize twice, and in 2006 her work was included in the MCA's important Primavera survey exhibition. deVille's work was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria in 2012. She exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas. Other Accounts instagram.com/juliadeville(Instagram) Website www.discemori.com
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On-Demand Episodes

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

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
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