Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!
What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every 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, Sarah Lewis, has won a $10 Rio credit, and January’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
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.
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!
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!
Today The Studio spotlights the work of jewelry artist, Lisa Juen, who grabbed our attention last spring when she special-ordered a HOT PINK kiln! Lisa’s creations are innovative, beautifully crafted, and deliciously colorful and in today’s interview she shares a little about her inspiration and technique. You really must take a look!
We’ll be announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners this week at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. But while we wait, let’s take a look back at the beautiful work of two of our winners from 2011 – Andrea Williams and James Carter!
What’s your favorite color? Recently, Lisa Juen blogged about her favorite shade of HOT PINK and her fantasy of one day owning a kiln in that perfect shade of pink. What followed was a twitter conversation with Rio and before we all knew it, a HOT PINK kiln was on special order for Lisa! We love when social media makes things happen around here! We also love it when we can accommodate unusual requests for valued customers. Join us on The Studio to read Lisa’s story!