Monday, December 27, 2010

Missing Rio Grande's Catalog In Motion!

Probably the saddest change to my Tucson Gem Show Schedule this year is the loss of the Catalog In Motion Show from Rio Grande!

One of the things I do to get ready for the upcoming trek to the desert, is to organize photos from the previous year and set up albums for the coming year. While organizing I came across these photos.

I have many happy memories of the Catalog In Motion Show and the classes I took from the fabulous professionals that Rio gathers to teach...see my write up of the 2008 Hydraulic Press workshop here.

During my organizing I found these shots of the amazing Kate Wolf at the bench at the 2010 Catalog In Motion Show.

From Rio In Motion:
Kate Wolf—Kate has been carving wax and making jewelry for 31 years. She has been teaching for 21 years and has a school in Portland, Maine. Kate won MJSA's Innovation Award for her Wolf™ Tools and Wolf Wax™ by Ferris. Kate is a former Director of Production and master modelmaker for the Franklin Mint and holds a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Tyler School of Art. and

For those that may not be familiar with the Catalog In Motion Show - it was exactly what the name implies...the Rio Grande Catalog - in person - in a room where you can try out the tools and equipment and most importantly discuss their use with the clever people that invented or manufacture them.  GENIUS!!!

Last year I started working more with wax carving so one of the things I wanted to look at was the Wolf Wax Tools Kit...what I got was beyond my wildest dreams.

Kate Wolf herself sat down with me and with wax in hand went through what she designed each tool to do. It was a memory I will treasure forever...and do you think I made the purchase?  Of Course!

So I am one of the ones hoping that Catalog In Motion will one day return - even in a smaller version or as part of another show.   

For those of you who are missing the Rio Grande Workshop Schedule - great news!  Stop in and take a class on your way to Tucson!

 Rio In Motion is their new program and the inaugural session is January 26th - 31st in Albuquerque, NM.
  • About Rio In Motion

  • Rio In Motion is a part of our continued commitment to put the very best of products, service and know-how directly into your hands. It’s a unique opportunity for you to peek behind the scenes at Rio, to discover the latest innovations in products and equipment, and to get hands-on instruction from some of our favorite experts. Rio Grande is always in motion. Come along for the ride!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

USFG Announces 2011 Seminar Schedule

Presenters for Tucson 2011
Monday, 31 January:
John Bailey: buying rough at shows: tools & techniques

Tuesday, 01 February:
L. Bruce Jones: discussion of gemology for faceters

Wednesday, 02 Feb:
Wayne Emery: professional dopping techniques

Thursday, 03 Feb:
Dalan Hargrave: concave faceting and other innovated techniques

Friday, 04 Feb:
Stephen Kotlowski: performing faceting work for the trade; making the transition from hobby to income producing

Seminars begin promptly at 9:00am and will take place in the north-east end of the tent section of the Electric Park Complex. Elayne Luer, GG of AboutLapidary has been gracious enough to offer a section of her tent space so that the seminars have a home. Each seminar should last one hour, and there will be ample time to answer your individual questions. There will be supplied seating for 36. And, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Please know that the presenters have all volunteered their time and expertise. And have borne the expense of being at Tucson. The USFG is deeply indebted tothem for their service and contributions to the faceting community.

If you are a current member of the United States Faceters Guild, there is no charge for you to participate in any of the presentations. If you are not a member, we'd love to have you join us at Tucson, however there will be a nominal charge of $10 per session. (Or, maybe you should just join the USFG; an annual membership is only $18.) Membership is open to all, and you do not have to be a US citizen.

Photo Credit - Dalan Hargrave's 2010 Cutting Edge Award Winning Sunstone - Photo: Robert Weldon


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