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About Whaley Studios & 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 and more. Students at Whaley Studios work in brass, copper, silver and gold! Group and private classes are offered year round, as well as Open Studio hours each week.

Jay Whaley has 50 years of experience as a 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 following students who flourished under his tutelage. Several of those students now work as teaching assistants in Group Classes at Whaley Studios!

Additionally, Jay is a 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, which are used in his studio, can be found on this website, and are produced and marketed through Eurotool Company.

Jay also offers a unique and memorable opportunity for couples to design and make their own custom wedding bands 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 trade, Jay helps students realize their creative potential at his San Diego (Hillcrest) studio.

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