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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.

Upcoming Broadcasts

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:00 PDT / 6:00 EDT is Hayley Henning, who coordinates the CSR projects for TanzaniteONe Mining, which will include the schools, orphanage, and the Maasai Ladies' Project. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat room or sending a message to the Whaley Studios' Facebook Page. About Hayley: Hayley Henning was the Executive Director of the Tanzanite Foundation, headquartered in New York. In a jewelry career spanning nearly 18 years, Henning's focus is jewelry in the luxury marketplace. Her passion for colored gemstones was ignited in her native South Africa where she started her career. Hayley provides jewelry industry assistance and tanzanite marketing tools for retailers and manufacturers. She facilitates collaborations between jewelry designers, manufacturers and tanzanite dealers, for companies wishing to boost their sales via tanzanite. For many consumers Hayley is the 'Face of Tanzanite', driving awareness and desire for the gem with her numerous television and public appearances and speaking engagements. For more about Hayley, check out this article on JCKonline.com.
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My guest on Thursday, May 15th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be Marc Choyt, the Director of Fair Jewelry Action, USA and President of Reflective Images. About Marc: Marc is a social entrepreneur and President of Reflective... more

Join us Thursday, May 8th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk. We'll be airing a special series of short interviews that Jay Whaley recorded at the Kraftwerks Invitational 2014, an annual free event that's hosted at Precious... more

My guest on Thursday, May 1st at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be jeweler, enamelist, metalsmith, artist, and naturalist David C. Freda. Abou David: ?Among the first images created by man were those of animals. One cannot... more

This Thursday, April 24th at 3 p.m. PDT, we'll be going back into the MetalSmith BenchTalk archives. We'll be re-airing one of our favoite chats from earlier this year with metalsmith, jeweler, and armourer Parker Brown. About:... more

My guest on Thursday, April 17th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be jeweler, designer, and educator Jayne Redman. About: ?Nature provides an endless reference for imagination and invention. The linear quality of stems and... more

My guest on Thursday, April 10th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be silversmith Randy Stromsoe, maker of handmade silver jewelry and tableware. About: A classically trained silversmith, Randy Stromsoe handcrafts what will be... more

My guest on Thursday, April 3rd at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be metalsmith and artist Betty Helen Longhi. About: Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who creates finely crafted jewelry and sculpture... more

My guest on Thursday, March 27th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk will be artist Harriete Estel Berman, who joins us to discuss the critical topic of copycats and artistic piracy in the arts and craft communities. About: The craft... more

My Guest this Thursday, March 20th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is jeweler, metalsmith, teacher, and writer Nancy Megan Corwin. Megan will be conducting a very special Chasing and Repoussé Workshop, Ancient &... more

My Guest this Thursday, March 13th at 3 p.m. PDT on MetalSmith BenchTalk is artist, jeweler, and fine jewelry specialist Deborah Boskin. About: Deborah Boskin is a specialist of fine jewelry at Bonhams in San Francisco. She knows a... more
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