Swanstrom’s resident tool master Tim Sheriff is gearing up for a one-of-a-kind classroom experience at Rio: He will tag-team with talented designer/instructor Lauren Tobey for a Winter Workshop class that will take disc cutters and pliers to the limits of students’ imaginations. In this edition of The Studio, read about Tim’s journey from Iowa farmhand to jewelry-making rock star, and pick up a few of his invaluable nuggets along the way.
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Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.
Have you signed up for Rio’s annual Winter Workshop yet? Get to know John Sartin, who will be teaching a two-day intensive on textures and treatments that will enrich your designs and expand your conceptions of jewelry. This class is a must for beginning metalsmiths!
Start the new year right by immersing yourself in an array of new and popular returning classes offered for the 2015 Rio Grande 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 from which to choose. 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!
May is all about the Santa Fe Symposium, the premier conference on jewelry manufacturing technology. In May, 2015—May 17–20, to be precise—the brightest and most inquiring minds in the jewelry industry will come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for more than three days of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Registration is open now…learn more in the latest post at The Studio!
Dig into the history of Argentium Silver by listening to this fascinating podcast from Middlesex University in England where inventor Peter Johns taught, researched and worked with metal alloys. Get the story behind the miracle metal in today’s post on The Studio!
Here at Rio Grande, on November 14 and 15, Bill Seeley will teach the class, Anodizing Reactive Metals: Niobium and Titanium. Consider yourself warned: you may fall in love with expressing yourself through coloration of lightweight, low-cost niobium and titanium. And in today’s post watch a video, with Bill Seeley himself, that features a demonstration of the amazing anodizing process.
Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!
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!
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.
Today, on The Studio, meet Dianka Pocop jeweler and star student of many of Rio’s jewelry-making classes! Dianka’s eagerness to learn and grow has helped her expand her interests and grow her business—take a look and then explore our diverse class offerings to enrich your own skills!