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Rio’s Winter Workshop 2013: Here’s Your Inspiration!

Jan 30, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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We’re in the midst of Rio’s Winter Workshop 2013, and it is, simply put, a feast for jewelry makers. Even a cornucopia!

A cornucopia of learning and creativity! Participants relishing in
the venerable Tim Sheriff’s Jewelry Making with Swanstrom Pliers

Sometimes we creative types starve if we don’t get out and mingle with other makers, or see a new landscape, or learn a new jewelry-making technique. As an artist, I understand that sometimes a feast is exactly what I need to boost myself out of a rut.

Charles Lewton Brain, master of fold-forming, inspiring makers on Monday afternoon.

This past Sunday, Rio Grande kicked off its third annual feast—I mean, its third annual Rio Winter Workshop—with classes in wax carving with Kate Wolf; soldering with Mark Nelson; fold-forming with Charles Lewton Brain; hydraulic forming with Phil Poirier; cold connections with Tim McCreight; CAD with David Swallow; and Swantstrom pliers with Tim Sheriff—and that’s just Sunday!

This is an all-star cast. It’s hard to put together a better group of instructors.

The list gets longer as the week goes on. Surface texturing with Lauren Tobey; plating with Pamela Engel; stone setting with Phil Scott and Scott Patrick; basic casting with Phil Scott and Gregg Burgard; and—be still my heart—cloisonné with Ricky Frank!

As I wandered through the classrooms with my camera on Monday afternoon, I felt the participants emitting a blue-hot flame of energy (not unlike the torches in the packed demonstration area in the lobby).  I felt the intense and happy spirit of I’m-so-glad-I-flew-1000-miles-to-be-here­-to-learn-how-to-use-a-Bonny-Doon-press.  I took my photos from afar as to not interrupt the sacred process of new knowledge, turned inspiration, turned jewelry.

 

A workshop participant lost in the creative process
in Kate Wolf’s Wax Carving class

Think you might need a feast in 2014? Check out this year's details and then plan to join us next year for Winter Workshop 2014!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: The MMM of Your Art-Based Business

Jan 28, 2013
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Marlene Richey
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Any successful art-based business requires equal attention to three important components: The Maker, the Manager, and the Market. Art-business maven, Marlene Richey, is on The Studio today to tell us about the importance of honing our skills in and balancing each of these areas!

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New! Spring Color Trends and Projects to Brighten Your Days!

Jan 25, 2013
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Yvonne M. Padilla

Ahh, springtime…flowers, sunshine, fresh air. If you love the range of colors that spring brings, then you’re gonna love the colors spring 2013 has in store for you! Pantone, the global authority on color, leads the way in predicting the color trends for the season. Take a look at The Studio today to see Rio’s take on this season’s spectrum of color!

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Valentine’s Day Is Nearly Here (And We Have “A Lotta Heart”!)

Jan 23, 2013
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Yvonne M. Padilla

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you bursting with love and looking for creative ways to express yourself? Yvonne M. Padilla recently discovered her love of hearts and created a Valentine’s Day necklace to Inspire the rest of us!

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Load Your Toolbox with Rio Grande’s “Smart Tools To Help Grow Your Business” Class!

Jan 21, 2013
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Viqui Sanchez
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Are you thinking about turning your jewelry-making skills into a full-time business? Or perhaps you already have taken that step and are discovering the million details that always seem to be invisible from the outside looking in? If so, there is a fun and exciting lifeline coming your way!

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Rio Grande’s Annual “What Was Your Favorite Purchase” and Giveaway Post!

Jan 17, 2013
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Shelby Chant
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Every January, we ask fellow jewelers what their favorite jewelry-making purchase was for the previous year. Sometimes, it’s a hammer or a saw; other times it’s an iPad for designing, diamonds for setting, even a ladder for building a new studio. Check out 2012’s list of favorite purchases…and participate in the awesome giveaway!

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On the Road with Rio: The Gems and Minerals Collection at the Smithsonian

Jan 16, 2013
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Amy Dalness
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Come On the Road with Rio’s very own Amy Dalness who recently visited the Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.!

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RioGrande.com is Now Mobile!

Jan 14, 2013
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Shelby Chant
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Rio has gone mobile! Everything you need to shop, search, learn about, and purchase Rio Grande’s products is at your fingertips, no matter which mobile device you use. . .and we have to say, the clean look and fluid shopping is pretty cool! Check it out, right from the device you’re on right now!

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Internet Marketing with Eugene Brill–Get Customers to Your Site: Part 1

Jan 10, 2013
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In this new series, internet marketing aficionado Eugene Brill explains the new landscape of digital marketing and how modern consumers search and shop for goods. Take advantage of Eugene’s immense experience to learn how to make sure potential customers find your internet store!

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Collaborate Like a Pro! Step 1: Alignment

Jan 9, 2013
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Matthew Anderson
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The beauty of effective collaboration is that it provides an opportunity for everyone to participate in how change takes place. Use these ten questions from Rio business coach Matthew Anderson to get the conversation started with your team.

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