I was at the Bead and Button Show in early June, and Rio Grande had a booth for the first time in several years. They brought samples of their American Mined line of gems. The photos in the catalog don’t really show how nice these gems are! They are very nice, and give you a chance to claim all-American content for your work, if you wish. I do not expect to ever get to the Tucson shows, but several of the same teachers are at Bead and Button, and the vendor selection is quite broad. It was worth the time to me; consider Bead and Button Show for next year.
And the Master Classes are great!