It's official! Rio Grande is thrilled to announce that Winter Workshop 2015 is ON. Last year's event was great and this year's will be even better! What a whirlwind of activity you're in for—listening, learning, doing, asking questions, trying new things and meeting fellow jewelry makers. Planning is already underway, and YOU are the key to making it great. Watch this page for announcements about the class lineup…we'll be posting them as the details are settled.
Experience Rio firsthand while you learn jewelry making from the industry's top instructors. It's a week full of educational opportunities, where you can sign up for several classes (metal forming, plating, casting, stone setting and more) and indulge your craving for learning.
While you're here, tour our 180,000 square foot solar-powered facility, and discover the latest and greatest jewelry-making tools in our demo area. Over the course of several days, immerse yourself in this invigorating educational environment, then return to your studio fired up and ready to get back to the bench.
Fretz Metal Forming Tools
Just wait until you get your hands on a Fretz hammer and use one of his remarkable miniature stakes! Experience the high-quality feel and precision performance of these beautiful tools!
Once you try them, things will never look the same! Lightweight, comfy, high-res binocular telescopes mounted on a titanium frame feature 2X magnification customized to work with your personal prescription or reading correction.
Stone-Setting with the GRS BenchMate™
THE work-holding system for jewelers! See how easy it is to do the precision work required in stone setting using this stable and versatile system.
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.
Polishing with JoolTool
Want accurate, effective finishing results? Then try the innovative JoolTool polishing system; you can even work from the underside and keep an eye on your workpiece the entire time!
Swanstrom Pliers and Cutters
Think "Swanstrom," think SUPERIOR QUALITY. Discover why these incredible tools are the go-to for jewelers for everything from bead stringing to metal forming.
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!
Orion Pulse Arc Welder
Discover the pulse arc welder that will help you increase production and efficiency in any size business...and with incredible precision!
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 Winter Workshop Series. If you'd like to tour at a different time, call us at 866.246.2698 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 mention you are taking a class at Rio Grande. 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 Winter Workshop Series? Check out the Albuquerque Visitors Bureau website.
The class offerings for this year's Winter Workshop will be announced in early fall…what will be there for you? Stop by and see! We can't wait to share the excitement with you this winter.