A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.
Annie Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey on her website and we’ve shared her story here in a four-part series. Today you can read the final chapter, about how she put the details and finishing touches on her award-winning piece and then celebrated by attending the awards ceremony. Read Annie’s wonderful story and then challenge yourself by entering the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition!
Jim Lawson was at Rio Grande last week to teach a photography class during our Summer Workshop Series. He sat down with us to talk about the difficulties of photographing jewelry and to share 10 easy tips from his class to help novice photographers start taking beautiful shots of their work.
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest. It’s your chance to submit a picture and a description of what’s on your bench right now. This month’s winner, Anise Rodriguez, has her work in the spotlight and September’s contest has officially begun—show us what’s on your bench for a chance to win a $20 Rio credit!
The Studio is delighted to introduce you to our Saul Bell Design Award winners…one category at a time! The Saul Bell Design Award competition challenges jewelry artists to push the limits of jewelry design. Today’s featured winners, Valerie Jo Coulson and Bruce Hartman, placed in the Silver/Argentium category. Take a look to learn more about what makes these exceptional, award-winning artists tick and then check back in the coming weeks to see in-depth spotlights on ALL our winners!
May 18, 2014, marked two very special events: the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner and the opening night dinner of the 28th annual Santa Fe Symposium®. What made the evening truly extraordinary was combining the two events into one, in what Alan Bell, President of Rio Grande, described as a “mashup.”
Take a closer look at the boundary-breaking design of the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition winners. Today’s post showcases all fifteen extraordinary winners and gives you some insight into their techniques, materials, and creative approach. Here are the spectacular winners. . .
Throughout May we celebrated “May is Gold Month” with a special edition of our What Are You Working on Now? contest! The weather is warming up and gold is HOT, so we were thrilled to see 15 outstanding gold contest entries! Kelly Noonan of 5 Oaks Studio won the contest, a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate, and a moment in The Studio spotlight!
This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award Competition gala dinner was celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Santa Fe Symposium®. Jewelry designers from all over the world, recognized for their craftsmanship and boundary-breaking design rubbed elbows with industry experts who are at the vanguard of innovation in jewelry manufacturing and technology. The meeting of these two sides of the jewelry-making mind made for a great night!
Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu of Hsu Studios are in the spotlight at The Studio today. See how they create pieces with lively movement and vibrant color by turning anodized aluminum into contemporary jewelry, wall art, and mobiles.
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Felicia Cinquegrana, has won a $20 Rio credit, and April’s contest has officially begun. Show us your stuff for a chance to win!
Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.