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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 Benchtalk on Thursday, March 12th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST is French Canadian jewelry artist Matthieu Chemise. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chat room or by sending a message to Whaley Studios via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. About Matthieu: ?I was born in Paris and at the age of 19 moved to Taos, New Mexico, where I started learning jewellery making from Navajo, Hopi and Zuni silversmiths. Seven years later I moved to Mali, West Africa where I studied with Touareg and Bambara jewellers for several years. I then established myself in Montreal where I joined a jewellery school to learn a more classical view of the trade. Since my arrival there I have been making jewellery and selling it in galleries and shows throughout Canada and the United States. For the past seven years I have been teaching jewellery at a professional school. For many years now, I have been working to give back to the West African jewellers who taught me and have given me so much. One of the ways I have been doing this is through a teaching collaboration. I have been filming old techniques in Guinea, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso and then creating a course from those videos. I offer these classes in Montreal and split the proceeds with the African jeweller. The revenue created by this equitable collaboration is leading to formidable changes in the lives of these wonderful and skilful jewellers. I have also been giving many conferences on West African jewellers, their techniques and their day-to-day lives. My hope is to open a jewellery school in Guinea in the near future.? Website: /http://http://www.matthieucheminee.com/about/
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My guest on the Thursday, October 14th, 2010 program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is Sam Patania, of the 'three generations of Patania men' who have been working for over 70 years, creating jewelry and decorative objects that have... more

My guest on the Thursday, September 30th, program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is master metalsmith and jeweler Fred Zweig, for more information see: http://fredz49.blogspot.com/ or http://www.jewelrynetwork.org/profile/FredZweig.... more

My guest on the Thursday, September 23rd, program at 3PM Pacific/6PM Eastern is 'master of metal and stone' Michael Boyd, of Boyd Studio, whose jewelry is a compilation of standard materials and processes aimed at a progressive and... more

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
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