“I don’t like doing things simple. I like a challenge. I like to be pushed.” Wendy Toman Oestreicher is one of those folks who like to be intrigued by something they’ve seen or thought of, then just dive right into trying it . . .
Archives for February 2011
Occasionally someone asks me, “What’s it like to work in Technical Support at Rio Grande?” Usually my answer is easily summed up by the big grin on my face. Being part of the Tech Support Team is really cool. The job may not be what what one thinks of as a typical tech support position. Although a good part of our day can be spent at our desks answering customer questions, that’s not the only thing we do – not by a long shot. Our fundamental goal is to help customers get the RIGHT tools and supplies and we help them get information they need…
Shortly after I was first hired here at Rio, I experienced my first Rio Associate Arts and Crafts Fair. I was so excited to see what kind of jewelry my creative colleagues were making and selling and was amazed by the beautiful craftsmanship and uniqueness of it all. But, there was one piece I came across…
We are pleased to partner with Lark Books and author Sara Jayne Cole to bring you this excerpt from Sara’s recently published book, Metal Clay Origami Jewelry. In the book, Sara combines the worlds of origami with metal clay to achieve fun and interesting results. The book opens with instruction on the basics of origami, including 9 different kinds of folds, then shows how to bring the techniques of origami into the world metal clay.
The jeweler’s saw is a fundamental jewelry-making tool. It’s one of the first and most important tools found on every jeweler’s bench. At the same time this tool is different for each jeweler. If you take a quick look at the Rio Tools catalog you’ll see over two pages of jeweler’s saw frames, and a veritable sea of saw blades. How is a jeweler to decide?
I knew very little about Rio Grande when I was hired a little over ten years ago. I learned quite a bit as I went through the interview process, but I wasn’t prepared for the reality of actually working at Rio. It has completely altered my ideas of what it means to lead and how much more I still have to learn to fulfill that ideal. So what makes Rio distinctive? Well, a number of things, but from a business perspective it’s the way we manage our work.
While Rio Grande’s Catalog In Motion was underway here at Rio Grande, I spent a day with Bill Fretz, creator of the Fretz line of metalsmith’s hammers and miniature stakes. The inspiration for the miniature stakes that launched the line came from a quantity of unusually shaped tourmaline that came to Bill to be set. […]