Expand Your Skill-Set with Classes at Rio Grande!

Increase your knowledge, acquire innovative new techniques, and learn with your peers in the many classes offered onsite in our Albuquerque facility.

Our classes are taught by industry experts and we provide all the tools and equipment you need. You receive hands-on training, work with state-of-the-art equipment, and the pieces you make in class are yours to keep—along with a wealth of knowledge and the spark to expand your jewelry making into new and exciting areas. Invest in yourself and your creativity by registering for a class (or three) today!

2020 Class Schedule

 

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Intermediate Hydraulic Forming with Phil Poirier April

Dates: April 8–10, 2020; 9am–4:30pm
Price: $500
Instructor: Phil Poirier

Continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills on the Bonny Doon press, and take your jewelry designs and hollowware to the next level.

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CAD with 3Design April

Dates: April 22–24, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $925
Instructor: David Swallow

Designed BY a jeweler, FOR jewelers, 3DESIGN® allows you to design anything and everything. In this three-day class, you'll learn how to do it!

You'll spend three days with David Swallow, the best 3DESIGN® instructor in the U.S., getting hands-on training—actually working in the software.

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Basic Casting with Scott Bradford and Gregg Burgard

Dates: May 6–8, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $425
Instructor: Scott Bradford

Cast with confidence! In this three-day class from Rio Grande, learn casting basics and appreciate why manufacturers and designers—from large production houses such as Tiffany to smaller custom design studios—use casting in their processes.

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Beginning PMC

Dates: June 18–19, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $350
Instructor: Thomas Flores

In this hands-on class, you’ll work with Precious Metal Clay® from rolling and carving to firing and finishing. You'll complete three projects and learn how easy it is to fix mistakes at every step of the process. (Although happy accidents can result in great designs!)

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Introduction to Hydraulic Forming with Phil Poirier July

 

Dates: July 27–28, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $395
Instructor: Phil Poirier

After this class, you may well be asking: "Is there anything a Bonny Doon press CAN'T do?" And the answer is: "Very little!" Not only does the press make forming tasks easier, it allows you to make designs you couldn’t make any other way! There's no limit to what you can do with metal on a Bonny Doon press!

Open for Registration

Intermediate Hydraulic Forming with Phil Poirier April

Dates: July 29–31, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $500
Instructor: Phil Poirier

Continue to expand your knowledge and refine your skills on the Bonny Doon press, and take your jewelry designs and hollowware to the next level.

Open for Registration

Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction

Dates: Septemeber 9–11, 2020; 9am–4:30pm
Price: $450
Instructor: Jason Stinchfield

Learn from Jason Stinchfield how to make incredibly beautiful and detailed rings from minted coins using innovative tools and techniques he devised.

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Russian Filligree September

Dates: September 22–25, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $625
Instructor: Victoria Lansford

Take open-backed, Russian filigree (filigrana) to another dimension in this very special workshop offered only at Rio Grande. Go from the basics of traditional filigree fabrication to advanced, contemporary, sculptural shapes while making several pieces of jewelry.

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CAD with 3Design October

Dates: October 21–23, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $925
Instructor: David Swallow

Designed BY a jeweler, FOR jewelers, 3DESIGN® allows you to design anything and everything. In this three-day class, you'll learn how to do it!

You'll spend three days with David Swallow, the best 3DESIGN® instructor in the U.S., getting hands-on training—actually working in the software.

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A Wax Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf October

Dates: October 26–30, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $995
Instructor: Kate Wolf

In this five-day, hands-on workshop, explore with Kate the innovative approaches to working with wax, to carving wax with an emphasis on developing your confidence and creativity.

Class is Currently Full - Register for Waiting List

Introduction to Hydraulic Forming with Phil Poirier April

Dates: April 6–7, 2020; 9am–4:30pm
Price: $395
Instructor: Phil Poirier

After this class, you may well be asking: "Is there anything a Bonny Doon press CAN'T do?" And the answer is: "Very little!" Not only does the press make forming tasks easier, it allows you to make designs you couldn’t make any other way! There's no limit to what you can do with metal on a Bonny Doon press!

Class is Currently Full - Register for Waiting List

Bezels to Bead Setting with Phil Scott

Dates: August 10–14, 2020; 9am–4:30pm
Price: $995
Instructor: Phillip Scott

We’ve taken our two most popular stone-setting classes, Basic and Intermediate, and combined them into a week-long intensive course that takes you through a steady progression from Bezel setting to Bead setting.

Class is Currently Full - Register for Waiting List

CAD with 3Design® January

Dates: January 22–24, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $925
Instructor: David Swallow

Designed BY a jeweler, FOR jewelers, 3DESIGN® allows you to design anything and everything. In this three-day class, you'll learn how to do it!

You'll spend three days with David Swallow, the best 3DESIGN® instructor in the U.S., getting hands-on training—actually working in the software.

Class is Currently Full - Register for Waiting List

Prong and Bead Setting with Blaine Lewis

Dates: January 15–17, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $475
Instructor: Blaine Lewis

In the three days of hands-on work in this class, you'll learn concepts and techniques that have been described by Blaine's students as nothing short of transformational.

Class is Currently Full - Register for Waiting List

A Wax Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf March

Dates: March 16–20, 2020; 9am–5pm
Price: $995
Instructor: Kate Wolf

In this five-day, hands-on workshop, explore with Kate the innovative approaches to working with wax, to carving wax with an emphasis on developing your confidence and creativity.

Off-Site Classes

These classes, offered by schools and/or facilities other than Rio Grande, provide additional opportunities to expand your jewelry-making skills. Please Note: Link(s) below take you from the Rio website to the website of the facility offering the class(es).


Jeweler making wax mold

Camp PMC Certification Program

Location: Instructors and venues located throughout North America

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