Rio Grande experts and guest jewelers teach jewelry-making classes at our facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico—7500 Bluewater Road NW, Albuquerque NM, 87121. Our classroom, the Saul Bell Training Room (SBTR), is designed and continually improved, modified and upgraded with input from the Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team specifically to enhance and support learning. The SBTR has an integrated teaching system with a camera above the instructor’s jeweler's workbench that is connected to two large screens, allowing students to see exactly what the instructor is doing during demonstrations.
The classroom includes safety features to protect both the jewelry students and the instructors, including:
Our classroom is stocked with state-of-the-art equipment for making jewelry and components, including:
The Saul Bell Training Room has 12 student workbenches; each bench is set up with a wide jeweler's task lamp, an OptiVISOR® (#5 and #10 lenses), a Foredom® flex shaft, and stand that can be moved to accommodate both right- and left-handed jewelry students, as well as a complete selection of handpieces and rotary tools. Before class begins, each student workbench is prepared with the jewelry tools and supplies you need to perform, practice and perfect the skills you're learning in creating jewelry projects through the day (and anything you produce is yours to keep).