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