Yvonne M. Padilla, one of Rio’s beloved in-house jewelry artists, recently chatted with Heather Apodaca for our ongoing Rio Superstars series. In today’s interview Yvonne talks about the evolution of her career as an award-winning jewelry designer and BRONZclay™ expert. She also shares images of her diverse and beautiful work!
We came across Vicki Pellegrini’s Etsy store, AlegraJewelry, because we have something really cool in common: we both LOVE Argentium® Silver! In today’s Etsy Stores We Love post, we’re spotlighting Vicki’s beautiful Argentium® pieces. Take a look and be inspired!
You just never know who you are going to meet in the halls around Rio Grande! Our building is filled with award-winning jewelers, manufacturing gurus who can build machines that do just about anything, savvy marketing experts, and many more! In order to introduce you to some of these amazing folks, we’re kicking-off a series called Rio Superstars. We begin this series with an introduction to Gregg Burgard, Rio Tech Support team member and phenomenal bench jeweler!
Guest contributor Darla Alvarez, of The Gilded Artisan in Colorado, uses 21st century CAD and rapid prototyping technology to reinterpret a handcrafted family heirloom from generations past. Read about her process and take a look at her stunning results!
While Rio associates don’t qualify to enter The Saul Bell Design Award Competition, there are plenty of other competitions they can enter. One of them is “All That Glitters,” the jewelry design competition hosted by the New Mexico Jewelers Association. This year’s “All That Glitters” contest brought a level of competition that was extremely high, with astounding designs across nine categories from talented jewelers around the state. Three of our own Rio Associates brought home big prizes and you can see some of the winning pieces on The Studio today!
Earlier this year, The Studio featured Lauren Tobey’s beautiful work and her jewelry school/studio, Meltdown Studio. In today’s post, Lauren is a guest contributor and tells us about her recent experience at the “We ART the People” folk art festival here in Albuquerque. Check it out!
Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, is an ode to orange—a bit retro, ultra-feminine, sassy and strong. Perfect for jewelry, accessories and fashion.
Meet Betty, Goddess of Metal. Good luck totem and charming manipulator of all things unyielding. I think you’ll be glad to meet her and we hope you’ll take a moment to introduce us to an early piece of your own!
Wanaree Tanner, metal clay artist extraordinaire, shares some delicious tidbits with our very own Bernadette Bennett about what inspires her work, how she embraces the process of art making (failures and all), and her continuing growth as an artist.
In our latest “On the Road with Rio” installment, Andy Shermin travels to the wedding of some longtime friends and brings back the story of a groom who made his bride’s wedding ring.
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. . .
We’re pulling out all the stops for Week 7 of Project Accessory! Rio Grande favorite Mark Nelson shows you how to craft a show-stopping druzy bib necklace fit for any red carpet!