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Winter Workshop 2015 Welcomes YOU! January 25-30.

Winter Workshops

Rio Grande is excited to announce that registration for Winter Workshop 2015 is OPEN! Last year's event was amazing, thanks to all those who attended, and we'll need YOU to makes this year's even better!

Wondering if the Workshop is for you? That's easy! Are you completely happy designing, forming and making wearable pieces of art and jewelry? Do you crave the know-how to do more or to achieve more professional results? Would you jump at the chance to learn from and ask questions of an expert?. If you answered "Yes!," the Workshop is definitely the place for you!

The Rio Workshop is a week-long excursion, chock-full of educational opportunities to indulge that ceaseless drive to learn—you'll be working side-by-side with fellow jewelers, expert instructors and Rio associates…all just as focused as you are on learning how we can do what we love better. You'll be listening, learning & doing. You'll be practicing new techniques, seeing new processes, asking questions, and building your professional network.

And, 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. During Winter Workshops, immerse yourself in this invigorating interactive environment, then return to your studio fired up and ready to get back to the bench and start your new year!

Classes

Basic Soldering Basic Soldering
Date:Jan. 25–26, 2015
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Beginner
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Double Down on Swanstrom Tools Double Down on Swanstrom Tools
Date:Jan. 25 & 26, 2015
9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Hydraulic Forming Hydraulic Forming
Date: 25 & 26, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm or Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Forming Metal with Miniature Stake Forming Metal with Miniature Stakes
Date: Jan. 25 & 26, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Beginner
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Bezel and Flush Setting Trends Bezel and Flush Setting Trends
Date: Jan. 25 & 26, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Beginner
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Enamel Cabochons: Fun with Color and Light Enamel Cabochons: Fun with Color and Light
Date: Jan. 25 & 26, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $375
Level: Beginner
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Basic Stone-Setting Arc Welding Orion Welder
Date: Jan. 25 & 26, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Beyond the Basics Soldering Beyond the Basics Soldering
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Beginner
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Wax Freehand Lathe Turning Wax Freehand Lathe Turning
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Textures, Treatments, Techniques Textures, Treatments, Techniques
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm or Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm OR Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Beginner
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Prong and Bead Setting Trends Class Prong and Bead Setting Trends Class
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $395
Level: Intermediate
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Cloisonne Enameling with Brilliant Transparent Colors Cloisonne Enameling with Brilliant Transparent Colors
Date: Jan. 27 & 28, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $375
Level: Beginner
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Laser-Welding Made Simple Laser-Welding Made Simple
Date: Jan. 27, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $150
Level: Beginner
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Basic Casting Class Basic Casting Class
Date: Jan. 29–30, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Wax Carving Figurative Pieces Wax Carving Figurative Pieces
Date: Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 8:30 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming Intermediate Hydraulic Forming
Date: Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Keum Boo Basics Keum Boo Basics
Date: Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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CAD with 3Design CAD with 3Design
Date: Jan. 28, 29 & 30, 2015; 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Workshop Price: $925
Level: Beginner
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Enameling Fold Forms Enameling Fold Forms
Date: Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Workshop Price: $375
Level: Beginner
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Pulse Arc Welding with PUK Welders Pulse Arc Welding with PUK Welders
Date: Jan. 29 & 30, 2015; 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Workshop Price: $345
Level: Beginner
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Cancellation Policy: With written notice, registration fees are refundable at the following rates: By Dec 19, 2014 100% ; By Jan 9, 2015 50% ; After Jan 9, 2015 0% ; Registration fees are transferrable based on class availability, or you may transfer your reservation to another person, please call for details 866.346.2698 or email events@riogrande.com



Instructors

Instructors

Bio
Blaine Lewis
Pioneer of the use of high-definition, high-magnification projection of fine, precision work being demonstrated in the classroom, Blaine Lewis brings a transformational zest and energy to learning stone-setting.
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David Swallow
David is a 3DESIGN software certified trainer and application engineer for Vision Numeric. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and specializes in 3D modeling and design. Add to that eight years of CAD jewelry-making experience, including
Bio
Gregg Burgard
Gregg Burgard started making jewelry at the young age of sixteen. Before he could even drive, he would take the bus to Rio Grande to buy supplies for his workshop that he was building with a friend in his garage. During summer break, he would
Bio
Kate Wolf
The first time Kate sat down at a jeweler's bench she said to herself, "I could explore this field for the rest of my life and not run out of techniques to learn." Decades later, she knows she was absolutely right.
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. "Having all those awesome tools," he says, "got my
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Phillip Scott
At the bright young age of 13, Phil Scott's father brought him to Rio Grande where he purchased some silver wire and sheet to make his father a bolo tie--the first piece of jewelry Phil ever made, and the piece he's most proud of. Now, more
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Ricky Frank
For more than 35 years, master enamelist Ricky Frank has put his heart and soul into enameling. That's just what you do when you are captivated by an art form. His reason for becoming a jeweler? To have a way to sell his enamels. And every technique
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Tim Sheriff
Here at Rio, we call Tim Sheriff "a Tim of all trades." Tim does it all: He designs and creates jewelry-making tools. He casts, plates, solders engraves, facets, grades diamonds, works wire and makes handmade chain from scratch. And if there's
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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. As one of a "long line of jewelers
Bio
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. So while he's
Bio
Jayne Redman
Meet Jayne Redman: Inventor, educator, rule maker and breaker. Jayne began teaching jewelry-making even as she pursued her own education. She loves giving students the confidence to be inventive, to learn the principles of a technique, then
Bio
Bill Fretz
Meet Bill Fretz: jeweler, craftsman, teacher and designer of remarkable tools. Bill's interest in making jewelry began with his interest in jewelry-making tools (no surprise) and grew after talking to renowned metalsmiths like Paul Evans.
Bio
Joe Korth
A jewelry artist and metalsmith based in Denver, Colorado, Joe Korth got his first exposure to jewelry creation in a high school art class--and sowed a seed that would take root and grow in ways he couldn't imagine.
Bio
Lauren Tobey
Free-spirited metalsmith Lauren Tobey began working at the bench in 2001, but she's pretty certain that "metalworking was encoded in her DNA."
Bio
Sessin Durgham
A fun, fresh and energized instructor, Sessin Durgham is a jewelry designer whose work has been recognized over and over for its originality and craftsmanship.
Bio
Brett White
Brett White has worked for Sunstone Engineering and Orion Welders for more than two years and manages all the in-house--and off-site--training on Orion arc welding machines.

About Albuquerque & Where to Stay

Welcome to Albuquerque, Our Land of Enchantment!

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.

Hotel Albuquerque

Rate*: $96
800 Rio Grande
505.843.6300
(* Must ask for Rio Grande/ Bell Group rate when reserving)

NOTE: Near Old Town Plaza.

Hampton Inn

Rate*: $79
6150 Iliff Road NW
505.833.3700
(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Rate*: $60
6101 Iliff Road NW
505.839.1744
(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Limited walking-distance access to restaurants and other conveniences.

Best Western Rio Grande

Rate*: $63 (M-Th), $73 (F-Su)
1015 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
505.843.9500
(*must ask for Rio Grande rate when reserving rooms)

NOTE: Has restaurant, bar & grill, pool and complimentary airport shuttle 7am–10pm.

shuttle Rio shuttle vans run morning and afternoon—from hotels to Rio and back again!

Rio Grande

Jewelry Supplies

7500 Bluewater Rd. NW
505.843.9500

Jewelry Making Supplies / Findings. Rio Grande jewelry findings & more

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 Winter Workshop Series. If you'd like to tour at a different time, call us at 866.246.2698 or submit a request.


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 Winter Workshop Series!

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.

 

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!

 

Now That's A Jig™
No more wrangling your jig as you 'wrangle' your wire--the Now That's A Jig sits tight and stays put. Watch how much more easily and controllably you can wrap your wire and get it where you want it with this innovative jig and its wide range of accessory pegs and attachments.

 

Nimbus Cloud Dome
Lightweight and portable, the Nimbus Cloud Dome turns your cell phone into an on-the-go photo studio! See just how amazingly simpy it is to use, how many options you have in showing your work at its best, and how incredibly crisp and clear are the photos you can produce with this little wonder!

 

Jewelry Manager Software
Premier version of the Jewelry Designer MANAGER™ software helps you get organized like nobody's business. See how much it can do—and how easily you can do it—to get your inventory, pricing, costs, reporting, customer lists and so much more accurately and effectively under control and at your fingertips.

 

Hand Tools
A special bench, set up with a wide range of the jeweler's bread'n'butter tools, manned by Rio's peerless jewelry techs, provides the opportunity to gain expert tips and tricks on getting better, faster, more dependable results when you use these tools. CraftOptics® visors, tube-cutting jigs, saws, files, hammers and more.

 

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!

 

Pulse Arc Welding
Discover the pulse arc welder that will help you increase production and efficiency in any size business…and with incredible precision!

 

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!

 
 


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