Last week was busy here at Rio, with students and teachers from across the jewelry industry converging at Summer Workshop to share knowledge, learn something new, and have a little fun at the bench. We were surrounded by some of the best and brightest minds in the jewelry industry all week, and it’s made for an inspiring atmosphere. So we thought we’d give anyone who couldn’t make the trek to Albuquerque this summer a little window into the workshop, along with a few tips from some of the instructors who gave our students such a nurturing environment to learn in!
Ronda Coryell gives students a quick tip for knowing when annealed Argentium silver is ready to quench.
Phil Poirier demonstrates how to easily form a perfect vessel from a flat piece of 18-gauge red brass with the Bonny Doon press and master die set. He literally turns this piece of metal inside out without thinning it at all!
Chris Ploof teaches students about the wonders of mokume gane. Our favorite thing about this clip? Chris’ “Make Mistakes” T-shirt. We couldn’t agree more!
Summer Workshop was a huge success and we hope to see you at our Winter Workshop Series, which should be kicking off in January. And we offer jewelry-making classes all year long. We hope to see you at the bench soon!