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Saul Bell Design Award Competition Meets Santa Fe Symposium®!

Jun 18, 2014
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Mark Shipman
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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."

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"Oil Can Teapot" by Sue Aygarn Kowalski, Second Place in the Hollowware category.

"What we have here tonight is the beginning of a beautiful mashup," Alan shared, "creating an opportunity for people with a passion for the technology of jewelry making to rub shoulders with people with a passion for jewelry design." In addition to the monetary reward, beginning this year, winners of the Saul Bell Design Award also received a scholarship to attend the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology.

The ballroom, which held 150 Santa Fe Symposium attendees during Sunday’s presentations, swelled to 250 for the Saul Bell Design Award celebration and awards presentation dinner. Winners and finalists, their friends and family, as well as members of the press and competition judges were in attendance. While images of all the finalists’ pieces were projected on the large screen, the actual winning pieces were on display in the ballroom and the crowd couldn’t get enough of the beautiful designs.

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"Celestial Winds" by Zoltan David, First Place in the Alternative Metals/Materials category.

After dinner, as dessert was served, Alan opened the awards presentation. He shared that the seeds of the design competition were planted shortly after Saul Bell’s passing at the ripe old age of 96 in 1996. "Our family began talking about using a design competition to memorialize his love of our craft and his gift for sharing his incredible knowledge with others. The idea finally took root with our inaugural design competition in 2001."

Following his opening comments, the crowd watched an amazing video that opened with a short piece describing the creation of the trophies given to the winners. It then launched into introductions and a Q&A with the winners, including the Emerging Jewelry Artists (jewelry makers 18 years old and younger). The video provided a perfect blend of humor, design motivation, and creative insight. And then, of course, it was time for the awards. Check out the winning pieces at saulbellaward.com

The Saul Bell Design Award, with its emphasis on both design and workmanship, helps stretch the boundaries and raise awareness, not just within the jewelry making and selling community, but with the consuming public as well. The Santa Fe Symposium, with its emphasis on casting, manufacturing, shop floor methods and business improvement, helps further research and exploration of the processes and materials jewelry makers depend on. Combining the symposium’s leading manufacturers and technologists with the competition’s cutting edge designers pushes the envelope for both parties—driving creativity, innovation, and industry potential.

Before the dinner some attendees were concerned about whether these two groups would fuse. As the two groups were introduced, they began to mingle and make connections, sharing revelations and insights from "across the divide." Dozens of new contacts, acquaintances and even friendships were cast. After the dinner, there was no question—this was indeed a beautiful mashup!

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Do You Have Your Seat at the Bench? Some Workshop Seats Still Available!

May 29, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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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!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner: A Celebration to Remember!

May 22, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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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!

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It’s for the Children! Rio Grande Supports Jewelers for Children—and You Can, Too!

May 15, 2014
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Shelby Chant
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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.

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Education at Rio Grande: Registration is Open for 2014 Summer Workshop Series!

May 7, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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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!

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Heat Wave: Yellow Gold Trends and a WWoN Contest!

May 1, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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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!

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Jewelry Industry News: Enter the Annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition!

Apr 14, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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The 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is now accepting entries! In its third year, this competition is for those who love to produce the inspiring shapes and textures of foldforming sheet metal, a process whose invention is credited to Charles Lewton-Brain. Prizes include Rio Grande gift certificates, coverage in Art Jewelry magazine, exposure on Ganoksin, as well as a video to celebrate the winners. Check out today’s blog post on The Studio, to get the scoop on how to enter!

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC and Intermediate Stone-Setting Classes Coming in May

Mar 26, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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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!

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The Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest!

Mar 24, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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A few weeks ago, Rio Grande released new WHITE COPPRclay™ from Metal Adventures, and the response has been tremendous! To celebrate the design options this clay offers, we are sponsoring a contest, and we invite to you enter by posting your WHITE COPPRclay™ jewelry designs—or expressions of love—to our WHITE COPPRclay™ Pinterest board! For all the details, check out today’s post on The Studio!

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What’s New? Jewelry News on Rio Grande’s Twitter Page

Mar 17, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Did you know that every day of the week, Rio Grande’s Twitter page is abuzz with jewelry industry news and Rio Grande updates? Your life is busy, so we want to make it simple for you to find interesting and relevant information in ONE place. Our Twitter feed delivers up-to-date news on the jewelry world and on the hottest Rio Grande products.

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