Today is the last day of our first Rio In Motion event. I had the chance to mingle with attendees during their lunch break, and they were in great spirits and happy to chat about their experience at Rio In Motion.
I spoke first with Lisa Mitchell, who does repoussé work in Los Angeles, California. Her favorite class was the Lampworked Beads class taught by Chelsea Stone, and she definitely plans on adding this technique to her line of work. Take a look:
I also spoke with James, who came all the way from Oahu, Hawaii. He said he came to Rio for the latest and greatest information on our tools and equipment. He especially appreciated the demos. He told me that his business will greatly benefit from one of “the coffee-pot size platinum casting machines” (the CAST/T compact centrifugal casting system) we carry since he commonly gets special requests for platinum items that he now has to outsource. Now he is in-the-know on what he needs. He was also impressed with the Working With Argentium® Silver class taught by Mark Nelson. He will be coming back in March for our stone-setting and soldering classes.
Pam Day of Tucson, Arizona, took the Hydraulic Forming class with Phil Poirier:
She said that the class has helped her appreciate the time-saving techniques that our equipment offers to jewelers. She said, “Sometimes technology sure beats hours of hammering.”
James from Honolulu, Hawaii, said, “I really appreciate that I’ve found multiple instructors who not only specialize in their art but who also know the ins and outs of the equipment.”
Lisa from Los Angeles, California, felt the classes provided a nice progression from understanding to executing. “Each project leads to the next,” she said.
There was an overwhelming opinion that we should do this more than once a year. For those who said, “Casting is so complex, I am not so sure it can be covered in a two-day class,” I say, “this is only the beginning!” We are so excited about offering classes and techniques both onsite and online. Thanks to all who attended and made our first Rio In Motion so successful!
And check out this beautiful project we happened upon in the enameling class: