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Metalsmith Benchtalk with Jay Whaley 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, September 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PDT/ 6:00 EDT is Reba Engel, jewelry designer, metalsmith and former student of Jay Whaley! We encourage you to participate in this live interview by logging into the chatroom or sending a message to Whaley Studio's Facebook Page. About Reba: ?Little did I know that my first jewelry project as a child, assembling broken pieces of my mother's costume jewelry from a shoebox, would inspire a career! A high school class taught me the fundamentals of fabricating jewelry and I was hooked." This passion for jewelry led to my first bold collection in 1999 — clearly an expression of my Bachelors in Applied Arts and a career in architectural design. These engineered pieces were cut out by my computer drawings and a water-jet system; a nontraditional metalsmithing process suggested to me by my college jewelry professor, Arline Fisch. As I construct the cast originals, I modify the technological feeling of the forms with hand applied finishes. Over the years, my work has remained modern yet it has evolved with more fabricated designs and custom cut gemstones. My first job introduced me to the fashion industry where I spent several years and influenced my love for textiles, sewing, embroidery and hand painting fabric. From that inspiration, I developed a needlework series where I crochet chain and weave precious beads onto chain to drape like fabric as well as etch patterns onto metal in relief. For more about Reba, visti her website and Facebook Page.
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On-Demand Episodes

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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