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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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Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 3:00pm PST is local author and jewelry designer Connie Fox. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging onto the chatroom or by sending a message... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 3:00 pm PST/ 4:00 MST is metalsmith Chris Nelson. Chris I will be teaching a 3 Day Basic Ferrous Musings/Fusings workshop in San Diego at Whaley Studios Feb.... more

My Guest this Thursday, February 29th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is David Geller, the owner of Jewelry Artisans, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia. About: David's training started as a 10-year-old during the summers in his father's... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, January 22nd 2015 at 3:00 PST / 6:00 EST is couture jewelry artist Michell Pajak-Reynolds . Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending your questions to us via social media... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PST/ 5:00 CST is artist and jeweler Jesse Bert. Please join us for this live interview and participate by sending us your questions via social media (via Instagram,... more

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... more

Our guest on Metalsmiht Benchtalk on December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is author, metalsmith, designer and teacher Tim McCreight. This is an archived interview from 2009. Tim received a BA from the College of Wooster in... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is metal artist Anne M. Fiala. Please join us for this live interview and participate by logging into the chat-room or sending a message to... more

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... more

Our guest on Metalsmith Benchtalk on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PST/ 6:00 EST is jewelry artist Noël Yovovich, a 2013 Saul Bell Award Finalist.Please join us for this live broadcast and participate by logging into the... more
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