Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one, the very First Fretz Hammer. . .
“What are you working on now?” We asked that question here at Rio and discovered Gregg Burgard’s whimsical and creepy “Zombie Beads”. For us, it’s completely inspiring to see a work-in-progress and hear about its evolution. Check out Gregg’s charms and then enter to win $10 in Rio cash, by sharing a photo of what YOU are working on now!
Chuck Moore is a remarkable artist who uses the Knew Concepts Hand Saw to create stunning inlay in his handmade ukeleles. Check out his beautiful work and read a little bit of his story. . .
It’s official, we have finalists! Our esteemed Saul Bell Design Award judges have completed round one of judging. Take a look at the spectacular finalists!
Littlefly, by London artist Jeremy May is a collection of “literary jewels.” May creates his one-of-a-kind treasures by precisely cutting from the interiors of old books and then sculpting layered pages through a process of compression and lacquering. . .
Etsy jewelry designer Lisa Rouse proves that if you want to learn a new technique or skill, help and inspiration are all around you!
Juan Lopez, first place winner in the precious metals category of the 2011 Spanish Market, creates beautifully intricate silver filigree. . .
Recently on The Studio, I chatted with Eleanore Macnish about her inspiration, evolution as an artist, and approach to glasswork and silversmithing. Today, Eleanore gives us a tour of her colorful studio and shares some stories about the growth and evolution of her business. . .
One of strengths of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair is its variety. Mary Sharp Davis’ work is an example: she was awarded Best Semi-Precious Jewelry but her booth featured more than just jewelry. . .
Marcia Weaver of Walnut Creek, CA was one of two Ganoksin raffle winners this year and I recently contacted her to find out a little about Marcia–Ganoksin supporter and lucky winner!
Richard and Beth Elkin of Elkin Studio Jewelers were selected by the jury for the Rio Grande-sponsored Best Precious Jewelry Award for their exquisite work. . .
Eleanore Macnish is a jeweler and lampwork bead artist who’s unique, large-scale pieces are filled with charming, unexpected details. Eleanore uses a variety of metals, gemstones, found objects, and glass beads of her own making to hand-craft stunning, wearable artwork. . .