Last January, Rio Grande opened its doors for Rio In Motion, our first-ever educational extravaganza right here at our Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters. For one week we hosted experts who taught a variety of jewelry-making classes, guided visitors on behind-the-scenes tours of our cutting-edge facility and showed off dozens of the latest jewelry-making tools and equipment.
Our idea was to give jewelers an educational event like no other, and schedule it just before the annual Tucson Gem & Mineral show in February. Patrons could visit us and learn new techniques, then head down to the Gem Show to stock up on fodder for their ideas.
It was a huge success, and the moment the last customer left we knew Rio In Motion would be back in 2012.
Our doors will open again January 22-27, 2012 , with many of the same experts back for fan-favorite classes. This year, however, they’ll be joined by new faces such as world-renowned master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain and jewelry artist Lauren Tobey, teaching new classes such as Fold Forming and CAD/CAM Design. And don’t forget about all the new tools that we’ve debuted this year!
You can visit the Rio In Motion site to see details from last year and get a sneak peek at 2012. Classes will open soon, so mark your calendar and be on the lookout for our open registration announcement in your email, on Facebook and right here at The Studio!