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!

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