Let’s get right to it . . . many workshops in our Winter Workshop Series event have already filled! So in case you’re as eager as many customers have been since registration opened on Wednesday to sign up for our jewelry-making workshops, I’ll give you the link right here and now; just make sure to come back and read about what this exciting event is all about!

2013 Winter Workshop Series , Jan. 27–Feb. 1, 2013

Now, let’s begin again.

What better way to start 2013 than by joining us right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, taking any combination of awesome jewelry-making workshops, taught by world-renowned, talented, groovy-cool instructors, touring our huge solar-powered building and taking a peek behind the scenes here at Rio as you meet more groovy-cool people who make the company tick? Oh, and then there’s the demo area with all the latest (coolest) tools for you to check out….whew!

We would love to have you come and visit!

And what better gift to give your favorite jewelry maker this holiday than a workshop?

From January 27 until February 1, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge your craving for learning, broaden your jewelry-making skills, and learn from instructors such as Kate Wolf, Tim McCreight, Tim Sheriff, and Lauren Tobey (to name a few).

Here are some classes that are still open that you (or the lucky recipient of a Winter Workshop stocking stuffer) just won’t want to miss!

E-Coating with Ashli Brooke Taylor

Nano-Ceramic Electro-Coating (a.k.a. e-coating) is the awesome new way to color metal! Applying e-coating is like a typical plating process. You plate at a higher voltage, cure in a kiln or oven, and voilà!—Brightly colorful jewelry designs that are now also hypoallergenic, tarnish-resistant, AND still retain the look, feel and sound of the original metal. And Ashli? What can we say? She is a uniquely creative designer and charming instructor. You’ll love her! Read more.

Pinch Me! An Introduction to Cold Connections

The magic of cold connections? They allow you to use all sorts of interesting found objects and provocative materials in your jewelry designs! You’ll love the doors that are opened in this workshop as you discover a new approach to your design process. And hey, it’s taught by Tim McCreight! Say no more. Read more.

Surface Texturing Techniques

It’s about a well-placed bend. The perfect pattern. That fabulous etching. It’s all about the TEXTURE, baby! Learn how to take your designs to the next level as you add variety, character and style to metal. And you’ll learn it from the free-spirited “ring leader” herself, Lauren Tobey. Read more.

Wax Carving: Rings, Rings, Rings


Carve nothing but wax rings (hence the workshop name) under the expert and entertaining guidance of Kate Wolf! A rewarding, creative, versatile technique you’ll love to learn! Read more.

Workshops are filling quickly, so visit the website and register soon!