About Whaley Studios and Jay
Founded in 2005 by master jeweler and goldsmith Jay Whaley, Whaley Studios offers beginners through advanced students a place to learn, master and expand upon classical metalsmithing and jewelry making techniques from basic rings to detailed wax carving, metal casting, design and more. Students at Whaley Studios work in brass, copper, silver and gold! Small group classes (we limit class size to 6 students per class) are offered year round in a series of seven week sessions.
Jay Whaley has over 50 years of experience as a respected master jeweler, goldsmith and wax carver. He served as the head of the Jewelry Program at the UCSD Craft Center for 24 years, where he developed a love for teaching and built a following of students who flourished under his tutelage. Many of his UCSD students followed him to Whaley Studios where they continue to master their skills.
Additionally, Jay is a noted tool designer with several patents (and a few more on the way) for innovative tools that have set the industry standard for jewelers, craftsmen and metalsmiths throughout the world. His tools are manufactured and and marketed through Eurotool and are available from jewelry supply retailers on line and locally.
Jay also offers a unique and memorable opportunity for couples to design and make their own custom wedding bands or special occasion rings in private DIY Wedding Ring Workshops at Whaley Studios. The success of these workshops and their popularity has brought clients from Europe, Australia, and all over the United States to this one-day workshop.
A passionate artist, designer, and innovator in the jewelry industry, Jay helps students realize their creative potential at his San Diego (Hillcrest) studio. Whaley Studios also offers consultation and casting services on a limited basis. Contact us if you have questions or for more information.
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