Short Form -
Bradford Smith is a studio jeweler, lapidary and jewelry instructor who teaches
at the Adult Education Center in Santa Monica, CA. Smith enjoys rockhounding in
the Mojave Desert, photography, and scuba diving.
He is a member of the Culver City Rock Club and the Metal Arts Society of
Medium Form -
Bradford Smith is a studio jeweler, lapidary and jewelry instructor in Santa Monica, CA
who enjoys working with silver, gold, exotic woods, fossil ivory and meteorite.
He is a long-time member of the Culver City Rock Club where he has taught lapidary
skills, led field trips to the Mojave Desert, organized annual gem shows, and
currently serves as their President. As a member of the Metal Arts Society of
Southern California, he has worked as Vice President to organize workshops with
visiting artists. Smith obtained his California Teaching Credential in 2002 and
has taught jewelry classes to hundreds of students. He has been at the Santa Monica
Adult Education Center since 2009.
Long Form -
Bradford Marshall Smith was raised in Reading, Massachusetts just outside of Boston.
As an officer in the Navy, he was assigned to Washington, D.C. just after
graduating from Cornell University, and later transferred as a civilian engineer
to the Department of Commerce. There he led and wrote about the innovation of
using computers to design products, control machines, and operate robots to
produce industrial parts. This technology is now widely used in the aircraft,
automotive, and heavy equipment industries worldwide.
While stationed in D.C., Smith married and built Whimsey Hill Farm just outside
the city. He and his wife raised two daughters while managing numerous
horses, cats, dogs, and even a cow. Now retired, he and his wife live in Santa Monica,
California where he combines his creative side with his technical abilities
teaching gemstone cutting, jewelry design, and fabrication – a consequence of
his new hobby, rockhounding.
Smith is a frequent guest speaker for local rockhound clubs, has been featured
in several field-related magazines, has authored a book on jewelry making tips,
and has created and maintains the LA-Rocks blog (1,600 members), and the BenchTips
blog (2900 members). His arlicles are published monthly in over 200 newsletters
in six countries.