Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning! Take a peek below at what we’ll be offering to start planning your schedule. The 2014 line-up is a good one, and classes fill fast, so register soon!
Like to push metal around? There are classes on Fold Forming taught by Charles Lewton-Brain, on Forming with Miniature Stakes taught by Bill Fretz, and on Hydraulic Forming taught by Peter Gilroy. Or, pick up your favorite Swanstrom forming pliers and get creative with wire in Tim Sheriff’s class on Jewelry Making with Swanstrom Wire-Forming Pliers.
Learn stone-setting from master Blaine Lewis who is known and respected throughout the industry. Blaine will teach Bezel and Flush Setting and Prong and Bead Setting, two classes which explore the setting of a variety of stone shapes in a variety of setting styles. See and use his innovative new TrendSetter wheels that allow you to get more from every minute of practice time.
The Basics: Casting, Soldering & Cold Connections
Take basic classes in Casting with Phillip Scott or Gregg Burgard and in Soldering with Mark Nelson. Then learn how to connect pieces without soldering (cuz sometimes you wanna stay outta the heat) in Helen Driggs’ Cold Connections Boot Camp.
Get into wax carving, by hand or on a lathe in two classes taught by renowned wax carver Kate Wolf, owner of Wolf Tools. Her classes, Wax Freehand Lathe Turning and Wax Carving Figurative Pieces will offer new depths to your skills in shaping and carving wax models.
Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
Get into enamelling with artist Ricky Frank in his classes, Cloisonne Enameling with Brilliant Transparent Colors and Enamel Cabochons: Fun with Color and Light.
Precious Metal Clay
And, to put a brilliant finish on your work, check out Textures, Treatments, Techniques with John Sartin. To take a closer look at John's extraordinary skill and imagination, be sure to read his spotlight here on The Studio!
Smart Business Tools
Or, perhaps you want to do some work on the business side of your business—if so, don’t miss Smart Tools to Help Grow Your Business, a team-taught class taught by Marlene Richey, Julianna Silva, and our own Arien Gessner and Amy Cliser. Each of these instructors brings a different realm of expertise to the table for you to apply to your business’ success.
Visit the Winter Workshop page on our website for complete class descriptions, instructor information, a list of demonstrations, ideas on where to stay in Albuquerque, and how to register for the event. And if you joined us last January for the 2013 series, tell fellow readers what you thought…just drop a note in the comments!Comment on this article
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