Sure, we’ve all heard it: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well, here’s my corollary to that excellent advice: “Take time out to learn about doing more of what you love—or ways to do it better—and you’ll be on vacation.” And that’s exactly what the Rio Grande Summer Workshop Series is all about: giving you the opportunity to take the time to learn more about what you love. Come and spend time with Rio Grande, take one or three or more workshops with us, learn from professionals in every field, enjoy expert demonstrations of a variety of tools and equipment, meet the Rio associates you talk to when you call, and take a tour of our facility. Spend the whole week, if you like; this event is always such fun!
Over the course of the Summer Workshop Series, to be held July 27 through August 1, 2014, you can immerse yourself in our invigorating educational environment, then return to your studio or shop fired up and ready to get back to the bench and create!
Not sure if this event is for you? Hmm, take this 30-second pop quiz:
- Does the prospect of learning new jewelry-making skills excite you?
- Do you enjoy learning from a professional who loves to share know-how?
- Do you value having an expert right there when you have a question?
- Do you learn best by doing, trying out new skills hands-on?
- Does the idea of small classes with enthusiastic, like-minded jewelry-makers seem more like play than work?
If you’re nodding and answering “Yes!” to any (or all) of these questions, then yep, the Rio Grande Summer Workshop Series is definitely for you!
During this week full of educational opportunities, you can sign up for several classes and indulge your artistic drive to know more and to work smarter.
- Mokume Gane with the Masters
Work with master metal designers Chris Ploof and Jim Binnion in this 5-day workshop to learn the ancient Japanese technique of mokume gane!
- Capturing That Killer Design on Paper
Work with Lexi Erickson to learn how to capture your designs with illustration.
- Two classes on Argentium® Silver: Fusing, Fabrication and Granulation with Argentium Silver AND Torch Enameling on Argentium Silver
Work with renowned teacher and metal artist Ronda Coryell to learn how to work—or work better—with this amazing material.
- Soldering and Fabrication with Gold- and Silver Filled Metals
Work with Joe Silvera, an incredibly experienced and passionate teacher and jewelry maker, to do more with gold-filled and silver-filled materials.
- Hydraulic Forming
Work with Peter Gilroy of Bonny Doon Tools, an accomplished designer and metalsmith, to learn the ins and outs of shaping metal using the incredible power of hydraulics.
- Intermediate Hydraulic Forming
Work with G. Phil Poirier, owner of Bonny Doon Tools and master metal artist, to push your knowledge and abilities further using hydraulic power.
- Making Multiples: Blanking dies and Pattern Development
Work with Jayne Redman, artist, teacher, and inventor of the rotational bench pin system, to learn how to create perfectly matched multiples to use in your jewelry designs.
- Photo Basics for Jewelry Artists
Work with professional photographer Jim Lawson to learn how to capture your designs on film—okay, it’s all digital now—so you can feature them at their best.
- Making Mask Rings with PMC Sterling
Work with PMC master Barbara Becker-Simon to learn how to sculpt fascinating faces in metal clay—success is all in the technique.
- Eastern Repoussé and Chasing
Work with innovative metal artist Victoria Lansford to learn how to use her incredible techniques of repoussé and chasing to shape your designs.
- Fundamentals of Forging
Work with award-winning metalsmith John Sartin to learn the fundamentals of forging—of bending, shaping and forming metal.
- Two classes on setting stones: Basic Stone Setting AND Intermediate Stone Setting
Work with professional jeweler and Rio Grande technical expert Phillip Scott to learn all you need to know about setting stones in a variety of setting styles—pavé, prong, bezel and more—with masterful results.
- 3Design CAD/CAM Design
Work with 3DESIGN expert David Swallow to learn how to put the incredible potential of computer-aided design to work for your jewelry making.
Between classes or before and after classes, drop by our demonstration room to watch a variety of tools and equipment in action. Our experts show how each is used and share tips and tricks that make the tools more versatile or more customizable to the work you need to do. Ask questions, discuss techniques, be part of the camaraderie and shop-talk going on all around you.
While you’re here, tour our solar-powered facility (all 180,000 square feet of it!), and meet the people responsible for crafting the thousands of American-made findings on our website and in our catalogs. See what makes us tick!
What a time you can have! And we can’t wait to meet you and see what you’ll do with the new skills you’ll have when it’s over. Be sure and share your experience; we’d love to hear from you!
Registration is open now, and classes are already filling up fast! Sign up now to reserve your seat at the bench this summer.