Rio Grande offers a terrific Basic Enameling Class taught by Phil Scott, a member of Rio’s Technical Support Team, who has been making jewelry for decades. Our very own MariaElena Baca had a blast taking the class and today, on The Studio, she tells us about her enameling adventures!
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.
Come to Albuquerque this January for a one-of-a-kind jewelry-making event! Rio In Motion is a week full of classes, tool and equipment demos, guided tours of Rio Grande and more…
G. Phil Poirier from Bonny Doon Engineering came to Rio recently to teach us the basics of using his hydraulic presses. Join us for Rio in Motion in January and learn firsthand what makes these presses so cool!
Last January, Rio Grande opened its doors for Rio In Motion, our first-ever educational extravaganza right here at our Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters. Our doors will open again January 22-27, 2012. Come join us!
Scott has been at the bench designing and carving models in wax for 38 years and counting. Impressive, I know. He’s done production work, custom design, manufacturing for other designers, you name it. What really amazes me is now naturally he has incorporated computer-aided design (CAD) into his work as the technology has emerged over the years. . .
This time of year is all about getting kids outfitted, supplied and registered for the new school year. There’s a lot of excitement, enthusiasm and maybe just a little bit of the jitters when faced with new ideas, new connections and new challenges, but that’s what makes it a thrill! Why leave all the fun to the kids?
Today is the last day of our first Rio In Motion event. I had the chance to mingle with attendees during their lunch break, and they were in great spirits and happy to chat about their experience at Rio In Motion. I spoke first with Lisa Mitchell, who does repoussé work in Los Angeles, California. Her favorite class was the Lampworked Beads class taught by Chelsea Stone, and she definitely plans on adding this technique to her line of work. Take a look:
It was a day of celebration at Rio In Motion, in more ways than one! Students finished a series of two-day jewelry-making classes begun on Wednesday and got a chance to successfully apply new techniques to several pieces of jewelry. And on the lighter side, one Rio In Motion attendee got quite the birthday surprise when her sister contacted us to deliver a gift certificate (and as much embarrassment as we could create) on her behalf. What else are sisters for?
Rio In Motion began early this morning, with shuttle drivers picking up instructors and students from local area hotels. Shuttles arrived at Rio Grande in time for students to enjoy a spread of tools and toys to play with in our Will Call area. Benches with Swanstrom tools, Fretz hammers, the latest and greatest optics, the newest PMC® kilns, a Bonny Doon press and accessories, and a smattering of steel stamps and hammering tools greeted our students when they arrived, ready to be picked up and played with.
Today, January 26, marks the opening day of our first-ever Rio In Motion event (Jan 26-31). We’re excited because we’ll be seeing many familiar faces and looking forward to meeting others for the first time! We welcome your visit to Rio, look forward to showing you how we manufacture your products and fill your orders – and how it’s all powered by over 5000 solar panels!