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Rio Grande Summer Workshop Series, July 27–August 1, 2014

It's time! We're scheduling classes for our 2014 Summer Workshop Series—will you be a part of it?

Is this event for you? Let's see:

Is this event for you? Let's see:

  • • Does the prospect of learning new jewelry-making skills making excite you?
  • • Do you enjoy learning from a professional who enjoys sharing know-how?
  • • Do you value having an expert right there when you have a question?
  • • Do you learn best by doing, trying out new skills hands-on?
  • • Does the idea of small classes with enthusiastic, like-minded jewelry-makers seem more like play than work?

Was that a 'yes!'? Then the Rio Grande Summer Workshop Series is definitely for you!

WORKSHOPS: Experience Rio firsthand while you learn jewelry-making skills from the industry's top instructors. It's a week full of educational opportunities, where you can sign up for several classes (soldering, granulation, hydraulic metal forming, stone setting, photography and more) and indulge your artistic drive to know more and to work smarter.

DEMOS: Between classes or before and after classes, join us in our demonstration room to watch a variety of tools and equipment in action. Our experts show how each is used and share tips & tricks that make the tools more versatile or more customizable to the work you need to do. Ask questions, discuss techniques and be part of the camaraderie and shop-talk going on all around you.

TOURS: While you're here, tour our solar-powered facility (all 180,000 square feet of it!), and meet the people responsible for crafting the thousands of American-made findings on our website and in our catalogs. See what makes us tick!

Over the course of several days, immerse yourself in the invigorating educational environment at Rio Grande, then return to your studio fired up and ready to get back to the bench and create!

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Registration fees for any class are transferable to other classes based on class availability, or transferable to another person. With written notice, registration fees are refundable at the following rates:

  • • 100% refund for cancellations received on or before June 20, 2014.
  • • 50% refund for cancellations received on or before July 11, 2014.
  • • No refund for cancellations received after July 11, 2014.

Our Demo Area: Take a Peek at What You'll See!

Jewelry-Making Tools, Equipment & Techniques

While at Rio, check out some of the latest & greatest tools and equipment from the best names in the business in our FREE demo area! Watch these remarkable tools in action and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about new processes that can broaden your design options as a jeweler. Held all day, every day, during Rio Grande’s Summer Workshop Series!

Propane/Oxygen Advanced Soldering Kit
Watch the experts demonstrate soldering techniques using our everything-but-the-kitchen-sink advanced soldering kit!

 

Wolf Wax Carving Tool Set
Once you try Kate Wolf's "wicked sharp", customizable wax-carving tools, you'll see how easy it is to create beautiful, precise carvings.

 

Foredom®
The number one choice for rotary tools. Watch Foredom®'s versatility at the bench in action and see why it's an ideal choice for stone-setting and other precision tasks.

 

Bonny Doon Hydraulic Press
Let's just say you have to see it to believe it. Discover what the strong-arm machinery can do in creating gorgeous metal-formed designs!

 

E-Coating with MIDAS® System
As easy as plating, in colors that rival enamels! Check out the new way to color and protect metal designs using the nano-ceramic e-coating process.

 

Durston Rolling Mill
Watch all the cool things you can do to metal using our most popular rolling mill from the one and only Durston!

 
Anodizing Niobium & Titanium
See what colorful effects you can achieve with reactive metals. Layers of oxidation (that you control through anodizing) distort inbound light to cause phenomenal color.
 

PMC®
Have you tried PMC® yet? Once you do, you'll be hooked. See how easy it is to create silver jewelry designs without casting or soldering.

 

Displays and Packaging
While in our demo area, check out Rio's different jewelry display and packaging components and ideas for showing your work at its best!

 
 

Tour Rio Grande: Discover Where It All Happens!

Tour Rio Grande: Discover Where It All Happens!

Visitors to our 180,000 square-foot, solar-powered facility have raved about our guided tours for years. Workshop Series attendees are offered a full schedule of tours during their stay in Albuquerque. Take a peek behind the scenes and meet the people responsible for crafting the thousands of American-made findings found on our website and in our catalogs. Hear about the early days as our founder, Saul Bell, laid down roots in New Mexico. And experience the rapidly evolving future here that includes our one-of-a-kind solar farm and innovative work environment.

Tours are held at 4pm Monday through Friday during our Summer Workshop Series. If you'd like to tour at a different time, call us at 866.346.2698 or submit a request.


Albuquerque: Where to Stay

Welcome to Albuquerque, Our Land of Enchantment!

Albuquerque

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage of the Southwest. Soak in our blue skies and year-round sunshine. Breathe in the high-desert air scented with sage and piñon, and you'll understand why New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment.

Where to Stay Special rates are available to our students at Hampton Inn & Suites West, Hotel Albuquerque, La Quinta Inn & Suites and Best Western.

In order to get the corporate rate, you must call the local number listed below and request the Rio Grande/Bell Group rate. All prices are subject to change without notice.

FREE shuttle service to and from classes is available for registered students. Pickup locations are: Hotel Albuquerque, Hampton Inn, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Best Western.


  • Hotel Albuquerque
    Rate: $96
    800 Rio Grande
    505.843.6300
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    *Near Old Town.
  • Hampton Inn
    Rate: $70
    6150 Iliff Road NW
    505.833.3700
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    *Limited access to restaurants and other conveniences in walking-distance.
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites
    Rate: $60
    6101 Iliff Road NW Map
    Must call 505.839.1744 in order to get appropriate cost.
    Choose option 6, in order to get discounted rate.
    Must ask for Rio Grande Rates to get the discount.
     
    *Limited access to restaurants and other conveniences in walking-distance.
  • Best Western Rio Grande
    Rate: $63 Sunday – Thursday; $73 Friday & Saturday
    1015 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
    505.843.9500
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    *Has restaurant, bar & grill, pool and complimentary airport shuttle 7am-10pm
  • Rio Grande Address
    7500 Bluewater Rd. NW
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  • Albuquerque Visitor Information
    Need information about lodging or other activities in Albuquerque during Rio's Summer Workshop Series? Check out the Albuquerque Visitors Bureau website.

Instructors

Instructors

Bio
Barbara Simon
Barbara Becker Simon didn't decide to be an artist, just like she "didn't decide to have blue eyes." It's simply in her make-up. "I distinctly recall drawing ballerinas in kindergarten," she says.
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David Swallow
A 3DESIGN software certified trainer and application engineer for Vision Numeric, David has eight years of CAD jewelry-making experience. For seven of those years, he has been an instructor, giving him the ideal mix of doing and sharing the fun of CAD design.
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Chris Ploof
Chris Ploof grew up watching, awestruck, as craftspeople in his town manipulated materials that had previously seemed unyielding: glass, tin, iron.
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James Lawson
For more than 35 years, Jim Lawson successfully built his reputation as a photographer, working in the fields of art and advertising.
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Jayne Redman
Jayne Redman began teaching even as she pursued her own career; she loves giving students the confidence to be inventive and adventurous.
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Jim Binnion
Jim's love of craft started in his grandmother's home. A furniture maker and weaver, Jim's grandmother inspired him to use his creative talents, which he's been doing for more than 30 years as a jeweler.
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Joe Silvera
Ask Joe about his career path, and he'll probably tell you what a "crooked road" it's been; but, as crooked as it's been, it's given him a wide range of finely honed skills and a love of sharing those skills.
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John Sartin
Metalsmith John Sartin loves watching his students come to the realization that a technique they thought would be too difficult is entirely attainable. For John, the processes of teaching and learning are organically intertwined.
Bio
Peter Gilroy
Peter Gilroy grew up knowng he wanted to work with his hands—metalsmithing, woodcarving, architecture. It all came together when he went to work at Bonny Doon Tools and began making jewelry.
Bio
Lexi Erickson
Lexi Erickson, archaeologist, historian and educator, took a beginning jewelry class at a local university and fell love with the look and feel of metal as she shaped it to the design she could see in her mind's eye.
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Phil Poirier
G. Phil Porier's first press consisted of a homemade frame and a 5-ton ram—he simply "needed a bigger hammer." And he's been creating phenomenal vessels and jewelry ever since.
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Phillip Scott
Known as 'laser dude,' Phillip Scott has spent many years perfecting—and teaching—traditional bench skills, designing custom work, and always looking forward at innovative ways, such as laser welding, to create and repair jewelry.
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Ronda Coryell
When you step into the classroom with Ronda Coryell, you instantly know that she's one of the most generous and enthusiastic instructors you'll ever have the pleasure to work with—and you'll soon discover that she's an expert in working with Argentium Silver.
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Victoria Lansford
Five-year-old Victoria Lansford fell in love with Eygptian metalwork over a board game she got for Christmas. Ever since that day, she has been obsessed with intricate metalwork-work in which you can't help but see the hand of its creator.

Summer Workshop Classes

Class
Basic Stone-Setting
Type : Workshop
Date : July 29 & 30; 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $385
Level : Beginner
Instructor : Phillip Scott
Class
Blanking Dies
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 31 & Aug. 1, 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $350
Level : Beginner
Instructor : Jayne Redman
Class
CAD with 3Design
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 28-30; 8:30am–4:30pm
Price : $500
Level : Beginner
Instructor : David Swallow
Class
Eastern Repousse Chasing
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 27 & 28 or Jul. 29 & 30; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $350
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : Victoria Lansford
Class
Fundamentals Forging
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 31 & Aug. 1; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $345
Level : Beginner
Instructor : John Sartin
Class
Fusing Fabrication and Granulation Argentium Silver
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 27 & 28; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $375
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : Ronda Coryell
Class
Hydraulic Forming
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 27 & 28; 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $345
Level : Beginner
Instructor : Peter Gilroy
Class
Intermediate Hydraulic Forming
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 29 & 30; 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $345
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : G. Phil Poirier
Class
Intermediate Stone Setting
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 31 & Aug. 1; 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $315
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : Phillip Scott
Class
Jewelry Photo Basics
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 27 or Jul. 28; 8:30am-3:30pm
Price : $175
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : James Lawson
Class
Mokume Gane with the Masters
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 27-Aug. 1; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $925
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : Jim Binnion and Chris Ploof
Class
Soldering GoldFilled Metals
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 31 & Aug. 1; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $350
Level : Intermediate
Instructor : Joe Silvera
Class
Basic Stone-Setting
Type : Workshop
Date : Jul. 29 & 30; 9:00am-4:00pm
Price : $375
Level : Beginner
Instructor : Ronda Coryell


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