Lately I’ve found myself drawn to funky, chunky base metal designs. The warm hues of brass, bronze, and copper have been calling my name. Maybe it’s the fall chill in the air. Maybe it’s just a change in personal preference. But I’ve been scouring etsy.com in search of new pieces and ideas. So rather than sharing just one Etsy store we love this time, thought I would share several of my favorites.
Mark Nelson is one of Rio Grande’s most recognizable faces. Beyond being an extraordinary jeweler in his own right, he is one of our most sought-after instructors, the star of many of Rio Grande’s instructional videos (including the top-rated soldering series), and an all around great guy to work with. Check out The Studio today to learn more about this talented member of our team!
Imagine the piece you’ve always wanted to create. The ONE that combines your skills and your creativity to express your point of view as an artist. Now go create it! The call for entries for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition is now open, and it’s your chance to stretch your imagination and blow us all away!
Meet our latest Rio Superstar, Ashli Brooke Taylor! Here on The Studio, Ashli is our go-to E-Coating expert, but her recent chat with Heather Apodaca reveals other gems about this valuable member of our Tech Support Team. Among them, Ashli’s diverse background in Fine Art and her love of piercing, soldering, and forming metal.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 is the year of the snake, and jewelers are taking a cue from the heavens and incorporating the sensual serpentine form into their spring collections.
Meet our latest Rio Superstar, Phil Scott. Phil is a graduate gemologist, laser welder, casting pro, and an all around jewelry mastermind. Plus he can cook!
The Tales of the Heart Competition has proved, yet again, that the creative potential of PMC is limited only by the imagination. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the competition challenged artists to create an original work of art from PMC and gave them just one constraint—every piece must incorporate a heart.
John Sartin’s intricate, finely formed pieces are wearable art inspired by nature. Today, on The Studio, he shares where his inspiration comes from, which tools he loves best, and some beautiful examples of his work.
Rio’s Diana and Jeff take a trip to one of their favorite vendors, Swanstrom Tools in Wisconsin. Cheese curds, disc cutters and a mad scientist were involved. . .
Yvonne M. Padilla, one of Rio’s beloved in-house jewelry artists, recently chatted with Heather Apodaca for our ongoing Rio Superstars series. In today’s interview Yvonne talks about the evolution of her career as an award-winning jewelry designer and BRONZclay™ expert. She also shares images of her diverse and beautiful work!
You just never know who you are going to meet in the halls around Rio Grande! Our building is filled with award-winning jewelers, manufacturing gurus who can build machines that do just about anything, savvy marketing experts, and many more! In order to introduce you to some of these amazing folks, we’re kicking-off a series called Rio Superstars. We begin this series with an introduction to Gregg Burgard, Rio Tech Support team member and phenomenal bench jeweler!
This year’s Santa Fe Indian Market was another smashing success. For those of you who don’t live in the great state of New Mexico, Indian Market is a 90-year-old tradition celebrating Native American arts and culture. This year, two of Rio Grande’s own were asked to be judges in the jewelry division. Eddie Bell, one of Rio’s directors, was a judge in the Contemporary Jewelry category, and Sessin Durgham, tech expert and craftsman extraordinaire, was a judge in the Pre-Columbian/Beading category.