So much more than mere chemistry, mokumé gane is a fusion of two or more metals that, when manipulated by skilled hands, creates intriguing patterned stock coveted by jewelry designers and collectors alike. Americans such as Phillip Baldwin, founder of Shining Wave Metals, are taking this Japanese craft to new heights.
What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Each 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, Ivona Posavi Psak, has won a $10 Rio credit, and May’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
What do the words “New York City” make you think of? Most people would list taxicabs, skyscrapers, throngs and throngs of people, and other signifiers of the ultimate urban landscape. For Barbara Polinsky of Barbara Michelle Jacobs Fine Jewelry, however, New York City represents an endless source of flowers, twigs, weeds, and other found objects from the natural world that can serve as the inspiration for her unique pieces of jewelry.
Today, on The Studio, meet Dianka Pocop jeweler and star student of many of Rio’s jewelry-making classes! Dianka’s eagerness to learn and grow has helped her expand her interests and grow her business—take a look and then explore our diverse class offerings to enrich your own skills!
What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Our monthly “What are You Working on Now?” contest is back! This is your invitation to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on your bench right now. This month’s winner, Kathy Anderson, just won a $10 Rio credit, and our next contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win in April!
Self-taught gem carver and visionary jewelry artist Glenn Lehrer’s latest creation, the TorusRing™ gemstone explodes the familiar model of the “expected” gem cut. Inspired by the torus, one of nature’s most prevalent forms, this cut itself creates a torus. His gorgeous gemstones are available now, along with exclusive-to-Rio TorusRing™ mountings. Check out The Studio today to learn more!
Meet our latest Rio Superstar, Phil Scott. Phil is a graduate gemologist, laser welder, casting pro, and an all around jewelry mastermind. Plus he can cook!
The Tales of the Heart Competition has proved, yet again, that the creative potential of PMC is limited only by the imagination. Sponsored by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, the competition challenged artists to create an original work of art from PMC and gave them just one constraint—every piece must incorporate a heart.
Master blacksmith, Steve Joslyn, has been creating unique works of functional art for more than 25 years. Recently he let us in on one of his favorite tools: Gilders Paste! Steve incorporates Gilders Paste into his detailed, whimsical, nature-inspired designs and he generously shared some of his tips and techniques with us.
One of many enthusiastic participants at Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop 2013, Subomi Elesho Okhueleigbe traveled over 7000 miles to expand her jewelry-making skills and while she was here she made the most of every opportunity! Get a glimpse of her Winter Workshop adventure and be sure to join us for next year’s Winter Workshop!
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.
Kate Wolf–tool maven, jeweler, and brilliant teacher–is in the house for Rio’s Winter Workshop, and we’re oh so happy to have her! During her visit, Shelby Chant chatted with her about all the best parts of life. Take a look at what makes Kate tick!