For the last year or so, I have taken ongoing jewelry classes at the
Crafts Center at UCSD in La Jolla, Ca. My instructor Jay Whaley
deserves a bit of recognition. I would like to do so at this time.
Jay has been extremely patient and thorough. He delights in making
sure his students know how to do more than order prepared material
from a catalog.
I have learned how to alloy the silver I love to Reticulate. Have
developed muscles rolling my own sheet and wire as well as bezels. I
thought I knew what I was doing before, now I know for sure I do,
thanks to Jay.
I have watched fellow students prepare their own waxes for casting,
and have watched Jay observe what they were doing. He then goes off
quietly and sits at his bench creating a tool to help the carver. He
gets deep appreciation from students for making their carving lives
a lot easier.
I encourage a dialogue between Orchid members and Jay. I am
impressed by his tool inventiveness. I am currently watching the
development of a device many of us would welcome. Stayed tuned for
Jay has a web site, http://www.whaleystudios.com Stop in and see
A grateful student.