It’s that time of year! In just over a month, we will be recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at a gala dinner during JCK Las Vegas. Until then, The Studio is visiting with past winners to report on what they’ve been up to. In today’s post Shelby chats with Chihiro Makio whose work has been inspiring us since 2003!
Ronda Coryell, of Jewelry Studies International, teaches and explores jewelry across the globe. In today’s post, she shares tales—and beautiful photos—from her jewelry-making workshops in Bali, Switzerland, and Italy! Take a look and then head over to the JSI website to sign up for your own overseas jewelry adventure!
John Sartin’s intricate, finely formed pieces are wearable art inspired by nature. Today, on The Studio, he shares where his inspiration comes from, which tools he loves best, and some beautiful examples of his work.
Kate Wolf–tool maven, jeweler, and brilliant teacher–is in the house for Rio’s Winter Workshop, and we’re oh so happy to have her! During her visit, Shelby Chant chatted with her about all the best parts of life. Take a look at what makes Kate tick!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you bursting with love and looking for creative ways to express yourself? Yvonne M. Padilla recently discovered her love of hearts and created a Valentine’s Day necklace to Inspire the rest of us!
Every January, we ask fellow jewelers what their favorite jewelry-making purchase was for the previous year. Sometimes, it’s a hammer or a saw; other times it’s an iPad for designing, diamonds for setting, even a ladder for building a new studio. Check out 2012’s list of favorite purchases…and participate in the awesome giveaway!
Come On the Road with Rio’s very own Amy Dalness who recently visited the Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.!
Today, on The Studio, we’re spotlighting the beautiful work of Jenny Christiansen and her Etsy store, Octavia Bloom.
Today, on The Studio, we’re spotlighting the beautiful work of Alysia Sánchez Melnikov and her Etsy store, Blue Hour Designs.
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!
Have you heard about Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, the new book by well-known artist and teacher, Hattie Sanderson? Earlier this week on the Studio, we reviewed this must-have gem and today we’re privileged to share a step-by-step Interchangeable Spinner Ring project directly from Hattie’s new book! What better way to get a sneak peek of a great new book?
“For competitions I want to push the envelope. I want to dazzle the judges with something they haven’t seen before—that is the whole point,” says Robin Waynee, 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Grand Prize winner. Robin fabricated her entire winning bracelet by hand, forgoing casting in favor of individually crafting each element to achieve an incredible level of detail and finishing…