Swanstrom’s resident tool master Tim Sheriff is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind classroom experience at Rio: He will tag-team with talented designer/instructor Lauren Tobey for a Winter Workshop class that will take disc cutters and pliers to the limits of students’ imaginations. In this edition of The Studio, read about Tim’s journey from Iowa farmhand to jewelry-making rock star, and pick up a few of his invaluable nuggets along the way.
Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.
Have you signed up for Rio’s annual Winter Workshop yet? Get to know John Sartin, who will be teaching a two-day intensive on textures and treatments that will enrich your designs and expand your conceptions of jewelry. This class is a must for beginning metalsmiths!
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.
Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!
Mark Nelson is one of Rio Grande’s most recognizable faces. Beyond being an extraordinary jeweler in his own right, he is one of our most sought-after instructors, the star of many of Rio Grande’s instructional videos (including the top-rated soldering series), and an all around great guy to work with. Check out The Studio today to learn more about this talented member of our team!
Reactive metals such as niobium and titanium offer a new and exciting way to introduce color to jewelry. Through the process of anodizing, a vast range of colors can be achieved. Bill Seeley of Reactive Metals Studio, Inc. will be teaching a two-day Anodizing Niobium and Titanium Class right here at Rio, November 14 & 15. In the meantime, take a look at today’s reactive metals blog post and be sure to visit the Reactive Metals landing page on Rio Grande’s website!
You’ll hear it said many times, “Enameling takes a minute to learn, and a lifetime to master.” Today, The Studio is launching the first in a series of posts by enameling artist MariaElena Baca, that will help you begin to master this vibrant art form. MariaElena begins by covering enameling safety and supplies and future posts will address preparation, step-by-step techniques, and some great projects for beginners.
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!
Ronda Coryell, of Jewelry Studies International, teaches and explores jewelry across the globe. In today’s post, she shares tales—and beautiful photos—from her jewelry-making workshops in Bali, Switzerland, and Italy! Take a look and then head over to the JSI website to sign up for your own overseas jewelry adventure!
Are you thinking about turning your jewelry-making skills into a full-time business? Or perhaps you already have taken that step and are discovering the million details that always seem to be invisible from the outside looking in? If so, there is a fun and exciting lifeline coming your way!
What’s your dream vacation? Do you have plans to take your creative energy on the road? Guest contributor, Marcia Weaver, shares the story of her inspiring week at Idyllwild Art Center’s Metals Week.