A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.
The Call for Entries for the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition is out! This year we want to know: What is design to you? Join us on The Studio as we take a closer look at the competition and enjoy a few of the winning pieces from years past.
Last week, Rio’s 2014 Summer Workshop Series had students and teachers from across the jewelry industry converging to share knowledge, learn something new, and have a little fun at the bench. We were surrounded by some of the best and brightest minds in the jewelry industry, and it made for an inspiring atmosphere. So we thought we’d give anyone who couldn’t make the trek to Albuquerque this summer a little window into the workshop—take a look!
May 18, 2014, marked two very special events: the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner and the opening night dinner of the 28th annual Santa Fe Symposium®. What made the evening truly extraordinary was combining the two events into one, in what Alan Bell, President of Rio Grande, described as a “mashup.”
A few Rio Summer Workshop classes still have seats available—it’s an unbeatable way to spend some summer time this year. Learn new skills, network with like-minded lovers of designing, making, and selling jewelry. Get to know your partners at Rio Grande while you’re here learning from the experts. Find out more about which classes and who’s teaching in today’s post at The Studio!
This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award Competition gala dinner was celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Santa Fe Symposium®. Jewelry designers from all over the world, recognized for their craftsmanship and boundary-breaking design rubbed elbows with industry experts who are at the vanguard of innovation in jewelry manufacturing and technology. The meeting of these two sides of the jewelry-making mind made for a great night!
Non-profit organization, Jewelers for Children makes significant and lasting improvements to the lives of children throughout this country and around the world. Check out The Studio today to learn more and consider making a hassle-free, tax-deductible contribution, ensuring children get the critical support they need. Every dollar makes a difference and, together, our contributions make a positive, substantive and lasting difference in children’s lives.
Immerse yourself in Rio Grande’s invigorating educational environment during the 2014 Summer Workshop Series, then return to your studio or shop fired up and ready to get back to the bench and create—find out more in today’s post on The Studio!
This month we’re celebrating “May is Gold Month” with a special edition of our What Are You Working on Now? contest! Just as the weather is warming up, gold is HOT, and we’re eager to see what gold pieces you’ve been working on! Enter the May is Gold Month WWoN? contest for a chance to win a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate and a moment in the blog spotlight!
Have you ever been disappointed to find that the end product of your jewelry design did not quite live up to what you had envisioned? Consider this: The more techniques you have at your disposal, the more satisfied you’ll be with your results. Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Read about three such classes coming up in May and then register before they fill up!