As we lead up to the announcement of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Award winners this June, The Studio will be profiling a few winners from previous years. Here’s a video about the 2002 Grand Prize Winner, David C. Freda, and the inspiration for his award winning piece “Stag Bee[...]
Last week, Rio’s blog group stepped into a conference room, closed the door, and read your jewelry haikus. More than 150 entries in all, ranging from beautiful to witty to hysterical. How could we possibly pick just one?? We couldn’t. There were so many amazing entries, we fe[...]
At Rio, we started an adventure seven years ago to address the health and wellness of our associates and their families. It started as a program to reduce our rising medical insurance costs and, in the beginning, was a classic first attempt at a new program: It took some time to [...]
In taking a PMC® class with Yvonne Padilla and CeCe Wire, Margaret discovered she could transfer incredible detail to metal forms and a new world opened before her. . .
Unlike nearly any other jewelry design competition, the final judging of the Saul Bell Design Award Competition invites five unique jurors to a day of lively collaboration and incredible artistry . . .
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Early one morning last July, we discovered a baby hawk in the visitor parking lot. Seeing a hawk around wasn’t at all unusual—hawks have been nesting in the trees of our courtyard for years...
My grandfather, Saul Bell, lived to be 96 years old and he came to work at Rio Grande every day until less than two weeks before he died. A few years after his passing, a group of associates at Rio Grande presented my family with a video documenting memories of Saul, from both as[...]
Phil Poirier of Bonny Doon recently paid us a visit here at Rio and we made a video to show off the popular Bonny Doon Rolling Mill Pattern Plates. The creative possibilities are endless! Watch for a bunch of new designs on our website in April!
In my 30+ years, I’ve always wanted to go to New York City. Having lived in New Mexico my whole life, NYC has always seemed like a magical place. But for some reason I’ve never made the effort to actually go there. This year I had to opportunity to finally get to the city bec[...]
Travel in time back to March of 2003. Jeweler, teacher and world-traveler Ronda Coryell had just won first place in the silver category of the 2002 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Eight years after that interview, literally to the day as I write, I learn that Ronda’s love f[...]