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Rio’s Winter Workshop 2013: Here’s Your Inspiration!

Jan 30, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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We’re in the midst of Rio’s Winter Workshop 2013, and it is, simply put, a feast for jewelry makers. Even a cornucopia!

A cornucopia of learning and creativity! Participants relishing in
the venerable Tim Sheriff’s Jewelry Making with Swanstrom Pliers

Sometimes we creative types starve if we don’t get out and mingle with other makers, or see a new landscape, or learn a new jewelry-making technique. As an artist, I understand that sometimes a feast is exactly what I need to boost myself out of a rut.

Charles Lewton Brain, master of fold-forming, inspiring makers on Monday afternoon.

This past Sunday, Rio Grande kicked off its third annual feast—I mean, its third annual Rio Winter Workshop—with classes in wax carving with Kate Wolf; soldering with Mark Nelson; fold-forming with Charles Lewton Brain; hydraulic forming with Phil Poirier; cold connections with Tim McCreight; CAD with David Swallow; and Swantstrom pliers with Tim Sheriff—and that’s just Sunday!

This is an all-star cast. It’s hard to put together a better group of instructors.

The list gets longer as the week goes on. Surface texturing with Lauren Tobey; plating with Pamela Engel; stone setting with Phil Scott and Scott Patrick; basic casting with Phil Scott and Gregg Burgard; and—be still my heart—cloisonné with Ricky Frank!

As I wandered through the classrooms with my camera on Monday afternoon, I felt the participants emitting a blue-hot flame of energy (not unlike the torches in the packed demonstration area in the lobby).  I felt the intense and happy spirit of I’m-so-glad-I-flew-1000-miles-to-be-here­-to-learn-how-to-use-a-Bonny-Doon-press.  I took my photos from afar as to not interrupt the sacred process of new knowledge, turned inspiration, turned jewelry.

 

A workshop participant lost in the creative process
in Kate Wolf’s Wax Carving class

Think you might need a feast in 2014? Check out this year's details and then plan to join us next year for Winter Workshop 2014!

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Give the Gift of Learning at Rio’s Winter Workshop Series—And Workshops Are Filling Fast!

Nov 9, 2012
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Shelby Chant
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What better way to start 2013 than by joining us right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, taking any combination of awesome jewelry-making workshops, taught by world-renowned, talented, groovy-cool instructors, touring our huge solar-powered building and taking a peek behind the scenes here at Rio as you meet more groovy-cool people who make the company tick? Registration for the 2013 Winter Workshops Series is underway! Take a look at a few of the classes being offered.

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Rio In Motion Wrap-up!

Feb 8, 2012
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Andy Sherwin
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We just finished up our 2nd annual Rio In Motion education event! Couldn’t make it this year? See what you missed!

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Swanstrom Tools at Rio In Motion: A Spontaneous, Scrap-Busting Project with Tim Sheriff

Feb 6, 2012
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Spencer Baum
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Is your jeweler’s bench overflowing with bits and pieces that you aren’t sure how to utilize? Last week at Rio In Motion, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools made inspired use of some demo room scraps with the Swanstrom Spiral Forming Pliers, the Heart-Shaped Disc Cutter, and the Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press. Check out the results and then show us some of your most ingenious scrap-busting projects!

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Rio In Motion 2012: Some Treasures from the Demo Room

Jan 26, 2012
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Molly Therese Bell

Rio In Motion 2012 is on! Opportunities for learning abound during Rio In Motion and a favorite highlight is our hands-on demo room, which offers attendees the chance to play with the latest tools and equipment. Check out a few of our favorite demos. . .

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Experience Rio Firsthand: Join us for Rio’s 2nd Annual Rio In Motion

Nov 21, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Come to Albuquerque this January for a one-of-a-kind jewelry-making event! Rio In Motion is a week full of classes, tool and equipment demos, guided tours of Rio Grande and more…

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Save the Date For Rio In Motion 2012!

Sep 22, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Last January, Rio Grande opened its doors for Rio In Motion, our first-ever educational extravaganza right here at our Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters. Our doors will open again January 22-27, 2012. Come join us!

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Spotlight: Rio In Motion Attendee Margaret Swartout

Apr 11, 2011
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Viqui Sanchez
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In taking a PMC® class with Yvonne Padilla and CeCe Wire, Margaret discovered she could transfer incredible detail to metal forms and a new world opened before her. . .

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Rio In Motion Attendee Donald Poe: Returning to His Jewelry-Making Roots

Mar 23, 2011
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Viqui Sanchez
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Jewelry-making is a return to his roots for Donald Poe, whose uncle and grandparents both owned jewelry stores. (Donald can remember wheeling his tricycle around his grandparents’ store as a little boy.) After enjoying a career teaching . . .

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Jeweler Spotlight: Wendy Toman Oestreicher

Feb 17, 2011
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Viqui Sanchez
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“I don’t like doing things simple. I like a challenge. I like to be pushed.” Wendy Toman Oestreicher is one of those folks who like to be intrigued by something they’ve seen or thought of, then just dive right into trying it . . .

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