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Rio Grande Classes FAQ

Read our FAQ to learn about Rio Grande Classes.

Our class sizes range between 6–12 students. Some classes are capped at 10 seats to give students ample space to work and move around.

The Saul Bell Training Room (SBTR) is located in our lobby area at 7500 Bluewater RD. N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87121. The lobby opens at 8:30am and the training room opens at 8:45am. We recommend you arrive 15 minutes prior to class starting so you have enough time to meet the instructor, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee or tea and get settled into your workspace.

Please visit our Travel Resources page for helpful information on how to get to Rio Grande and where to stay if you are coming from out of town.

There is free parking directly in front of our building.

Our classroom is smoke-free. For those who wish to smoke, there are designated smoking areas outside.

Rio Grande will order and provide lunch for each day of the class. During registration you are asked if you have a dietary need or preference such as vegetarian, gluten sensitive, vegan or other. We’ll then do our best to meet those preferences. If you to prefer to bring your lunch, we have a refrigerator and microwave for your convenience.

  • Wear close-toed shoes with non-slip soles. No open toed sandals. If you are working with heavy objects, boots or steel toe shoes are recommended.
  • Long hair should be tied up. (Beards too.)
  • No loose clothing. Ties, scarves, loose sleeves, etc. are not allowed when working in the studio.
  • No gloves, except safety gloves when working with hot objects (Kevlar) and chemicals (nitrile/latex).
  • Avoid flammable attire. Fleece is not allowed. Cotton clothing and jeans are recommended.
  • Remove jewelry. It can get caught in spinning machinery.
  • Safety glasses and dust masks or respirators must be worn when using certain equipment. Rio Grande will have these available.

The classroom studio at Rio Grande is fortunate enough to be located on the other side of a great big warehouse full of jewelry-making tools so it should be equipped well enough for all the students to have ample access to the jewelry tools and equipment they need. In some classes, tools such as hydraulic presses and polishing machines will need to be shared. Rio Grande will provide all the tools, supplies and handouts necessary for the class, but you are free to bring any of your favorite tools that you feel would be of help to you. Students will sometimes bring their favorite pair of optics because it’s what they are used to. We suggest you bring a notebook or sketchbook.

Yes! Each class has an order form provided with a list of all the tools and materials available for purchase through Rio Grande. There is often time before, after and sometimes during the class to place orders with our local ordering team. There are also customer representatives available who can help answer questions you may have while shopping or offer advice in getting the right tools and materials. If you decide that you want to take a few things home with you as you leave, we recommend placing orders before 2pm on the last day of class to ensure the order is ready for you by the time class ends.

Yes! If you would like to have a tour of our facility, be sure to ask your instructor for a tour, and we’ll set up a time for the whole class to take a walking tour. Tours can take anywhere from 1–2 hours so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Yes! If you’d like to have some dedicated time to talk with a Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team member, let us know and we’ll get that scheduled for either before or after class.

Classes and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is possible online and by phone. Payment in full is required to register for classes and workshops, but exceptions can be made.

Cancellation Policy: Full refund with at least two weeks written notice by emailing us at [email protected]

The typical minimum age to enroll in one of our classes is 18. However, we do allow people under the age of 18 to take classes and workshops. It is usually handled on a case-by-case basis. Please make sure to contact us before registering. A parent or legal guardian must sign the release and waiver form. Also, our classes are mostly adults, so we would like to make sure the teacher and student will feel comfortable in this setting.

Rio Grande admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students. We do not discriminate or collect information on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies or admissions policies.