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Welcome to Rio Grande’s Annual Winter Workshop!

Jan 23, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Just one of our classroom’s tables of tools. I call Winter Workshop "The jeweler’s playground."

Rio Grande’s annual Winter Workshop starts this Sunday, and we are busy setting up benches, cameras for close-ups of instructors’ work, Foredom® flex shafts, anvils, 3DESIGN® software–you name it! Don’t get me wrong, we’re still answering the phones, taking orders, boxing them up, and getting them on the truck, but now we’re also getting ready for a week of learning! It’s a transformation that our students say yields magic, and we can’t help but love that.

We’re always excited to greet our attendees, and this year they’re from 38 states and 7 countries, joining us right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from as far away as Chile, Japan, and Australia. They’re taking classes ranging from cloisonné enameling with master enamelist Ricky Frank, to wax carving with THE Kate Wolf, to CAD with 3DESIGN, taught by David Swallow, to jewelry business know-how with Marlene Richey and friends. It’s a literal who’s who of instructors!

During their time at Winter Workshop, participants will get a special behind-the-scenes look at Rio’s facilities. They will mingle and crowd around workbenches in the demonstration area, which will feature tools and techniques from JoolTool, Durston, Swanstrom, MIDAS® E-Coating and much more. The students will bond with each other over wonderful meals and exchange jewelry experiences and tips. And finally, when they’re ready, they’ll place their orders in our Will Call area and pack them into that extra suitcase they brought for this express reason. Then, they’ll carry their exciting new tools and supplies, a world of new knowledge, and a sense of satisfaction and inspiration, back home to make more jewelry.

That’s the Winter Workshop experience. And now, let the learning, mingling, eye-opening, ah-ha-ing, goal-reaching, and jewelry making begin! Readers, be sure to stop by The Studio next week as I post more Winter Workshop excitement.

 

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I’m sitting in the instructor’s chair now. . .but the venerable Bill Fretz, creator of the famous Fretz hammer, will be sitting here this week!

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Nov 13, 2013
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Shelby Chant
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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!

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Viqui Sanchez
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Rio Grande is here after the holidays with an exciting array of new and returning classes for you in the 2014 Winter Workshop series. Make a day or two of it, or plan to take a whole week! The classes, demonstrations and tours lined up for the week of Winter Workshop give you lots to choose from. Gain a new skill—or hone a skill you’ve already got. Browse through today’s post to find out more, and reserve your seat early!

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One of the best ways for us to get feedback about your experiences with Rio Grande products, is through product reviews on our website, and in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a whole slew of LOVE reviews. Thanks for the love!

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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.

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Shelby Chant
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Every January, we ask fellow jewelers what their favorite jewelry-making purchase was for the previous year. Sometimes, it’s a hammer or a saw; other times it’s an iPad for designing, diamonds for setting, even a ladder for building a new studio. Check out 2012’s list of favorite purchases…and participate in the awesome giveaway!

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Molly Therese Bell

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Molly Therese Bell

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