Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning!
Rio Grande is here after the holidays with an exciting array of new and returning classes for you in the 2014 Winter Workshop series. Make a day or two of it, or plan to take a whole week! The classes, demonstrations and tours lined up for the week of Winter Workshop give you lots to choose from. Gain a new skill—or hone a skill you’ve already got. Browse through today’s post to find out more, and reserve your seat early!
The 2014 Saul Bell Design Award call-for entries campaign was kicked-off months ago, and just a few days ago, a panel of discerning and impressive first-round judges gathered at Albuquerque’s historic Los Poblanos Cultural Center to spend an entire day scrutinizing hundreds of entries, conferring with one another, and finally selecting five finalists in each of the competition’s categories! Check out The Studio today to learn more.
Do you teach jewelry making to a student under the age of 18 who continues to amaze you? Or, perhaps you are a young jewelry student reading this, and wanting to try your hand at a renowned jewelry competition. If so, then it’s time to throw your jewelry design into the ring! The Saul Bell Design Award competition includes an Emerging Artist category, and is accepting entries for 50 more days!
Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a proud sponsor each year of the New Mexico Jewelers Association “All That Glitters” design competition, held annually at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. On September 28, as the 2013 winners were voted on and announced, that local talent was on full display. Find out more in today’s post!
This week, the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention 2013 is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico. OrigamiUSA will take place October 3 – 7, and Sara Jayne Cole, a PMC origami expert and guest contributor here at The Studio, will be teaching there. In anticipation of this exciting event, we are re-posting a book excerpt of Sara Jayne’s Diagonal Fold Ring project. Follow the step-by-step instructions as a great introduction to Metal Clay origami!
Rio Grande offers PMC (precious metal clay) classes for the beginner as well as the advanced PMC artist. If you’re not familiar with PMC, you’ve got to check it out! This medium can be formed, rolled, carved, filed and then fired (in a kiln or with a torch). Coming up this fall, we will be offering two PMC classes in Albuquerque at Rio Grande. Join us! You’ll enhance your skills and leave the classroom wondering why you didn’t take these classes sooner.
Are you are looking for your your next jewelry-making class? Or perhaps your very first? Give yourself the gift of furthering your jewelry-making skills in a formal classroom, right here at Rio Grande! Our fall classes have been filling fast, but we still have some seats open in the next few months. Take a look at this list of terrific classes and then just come as you are—we provide all tools and materials!
Rio Grande will be upgrading its system software soon. What will this mean to you? Read on and find out. One thing you can count on, though, we’re doing it to help keep everything humming along for you and your jewelry-making business!
What do you get when you add two classes plus one awesome teacher? Answer: Five handmade clasps in five days, taught by renowned jewelry-making instructor John Cogswell. Rio Grande is honored to have John leading two fantastic clasp classes at our fully equipped, in-house classroom. Join us here in Albuquerque, New Mexico September 16th through 20th for five fantastic days of learning and creativity!
You may be surprised to learn that the Federal Trade Commission classifies much of what you may consider “Made in the USA” jewelry, created in the United States, as being of foreign origin. In 1997, the FTC published an enforcement policy which outlines compliance standards for product origin claims. These standards pose problems for U.S. jewelry makers large and small.
Imagine the piece you’ve always wanted to create. The ONE that combines your skills and your creativity to express your point of view as an artist. Now go create it! The call for entries for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition is now open, and it’s your chance to stretch your imagination and blow us all away!