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