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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 76
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The Association for Contemporary Jewellery

is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Founded as a membership association in 1997 and registered as a Limited Company in 2006, it recognises a need to foster discussion, debate and critical review and interaction amongst its members. To this end we organise conferences, lectures, seminars, workshops and an annual general meeting for our members. Our regular newsletter, findings, features reviews, information, comment, book offers and discounts and is of benefit to both our members and the wider public. We also produce a monthly e-bulletin featuring news and opportunities.

We welcome as members practising jewellers, associated designers and crafts people, educators, students, gallery owners and retailers, museum curators, critics and collectors - indeed, anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery.


The Association for Contemporary Jewellery 
PO Box 37807 London SE23 1XJ United Kingdom 
Telephone: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4201 
Fax: + 00 44 (0)20 8291 4452 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• promote greater understanding of contemporary jewellery
• support jewellers’ creative and professional development
• develop audiences for this lively field of contemporary craft and design

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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

Government proposals to remove crafts from its list of recognised creative industries have triggered "disbelief" and "frustration" in the sector...Article published by Dezeen Magazine on May 1st.www.dezeen.comContinue

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

http://ccskills.org.uk/careers/advice/article/casting-technician?ut...

Casting Technician
Casting involves pouring molten metal into a mould and allowing it to solidify. Casting technicians work with a range of metals to produce jewellery pieces.

Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts. Photo: Holts Academy
What do casting technicians do?
Casting involves pouring molten metal into a mould and allowing it to solidify. Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts.

Casting can be used to make a whole piece of jewellery or component parts.
The technique allows the same piece to be made over and over again exactly the same, but casting can also be used to make one-off pieces.

Casting technicians work with a variety of metals, including gold, silver, platinum, palladium and titanium and pewter.

Casting can be used to make jewellery in:

individual hand-made studio pieces
batch production
large-scale commercial volume production.
Casting can also be used to make jewellery parts for repairs.

What is the job like?
‘Lost wax’ is the most commonly-used method, particularly for bulk production. There are several stages:

making a rubber mould from a master pattern
injecting wax into the mould which, when cooled, makes a perfect copy of the original pattern
repeating the wax injection to create multiple waxes
joining several waxes round a central core to form a ‘tree’
embedding the waxes into the ‘investment slurry’ in a flask
firing the flask in a kiln so the rubber burns away, forming a cavity
pouring molten metal into the cavity left by the wax.
After this the jewellery pieces are cut from the tree and finished by cleaning and polishing.

Casts can be made from CAD (computer-aided designs) or hand-drawn designs. Where CAD is used, 'rapid prototyping' technology can be used to make sample pieces.

Models for casting can also be made in resin, metal or clay. 3D scanning allows the use of almost any physical object as a model for casting.

Casting technicians usually work for a jewellery manufacturing company. In a company, they may spend all their time on casting work.

In a smaller jewellery company, someone who works as a casting technician may do other jewellery work. They might make or repair pieces of jewellery, using bench jewellery techniques and skills.

How do I become a casting technician?
An employer may expect you to have other jewellery skills, such as stone setting.

If you are involved in all stages of the casting process, from model making to finishing, you need to:

be creative and good with your hands to produce hand-carved wax models
have good IT skills to use CAD/CAM
have some knowledge of metals
work very accurately, as you are dealing with precious metals
have high standards of workmanship.
What qualifications and training do I need?
There are apprenticeships in casting, leading to a Level 2 qualification. It is possible to go onto an advanced apprenticeship, at Level 3 or 4.

You will need good GCSEs, including maths and science subjects, for these apprenticeships.

There is also a Level 3 Diploma in casting technology.

Bradford College offers courses in casting technology,

Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

Price Review 2015

Our customers recently provided valuable feedback on our hallmarking pricing structure. Following the response, we are pleased to introduce the simplest pricing method in UK Hallmarking to date!

Included in each unit price are:

• Application of a standard hallmark on any precious metal and by any method of marking (punch or laser)

• Application of a sponsor’s mark

• The cost of handling each article if wrapped in an individual bag (previously given an individual handing charge)

The new approach offers some real benefits, including:

• Simplified pricing will ensure charges are easier to calculate

• Laser marks, which had a significantly higher price previously, are now included in the unit price.

• Unlike our competitors, we will continue to apply the traditional fineness symbol and date letter at no extra cost

Our new price list will begin on 1 April 2015 and can be viewed here. http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/media/4416073/2015standardpricelist.pdf

If you have any questions, please email Steve Collins: steve.collins@assayofficelondon.co.uk

Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

and ACJ will be there too!

Celebrity Guest Speakers Announced for "Make your Mark" Student Event

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As many of you will be aware, we are holding our next FREE student event in spring 2015 at Goldsmiths' Hall, London.

Following our first event last year, we took on board your feedback and made some amendments:

"Make your Mark" will be held over two days on Friday 17 to Saturday 18 April for students who are unable to attend on a weekday.

There will be more access to the popular talks from celebrity guest speakers, ensuring a greater number of students will be able to take advantage of their knowledge and experience.

We will once again offer a free registration package to students who have not yet registered with us.

We have a wide variety of exhibitors confirmed to help students in their future careers, including: diamond cutters, polishers, enamellers, hand engravers, tool suppliers, recruitment agencies and much more!

We can now also confirm that Theo Fennell will be returning for a second year with new guest speaker Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of Boodles.

If you are a tutor and have not yet confirmed your interest, please get in touch asap. Email:events@assayofficelondon.co.uk. If you are a student, please speak to your tutor to book your place.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday
Jacqueline Mina OBE Showcase, The Scottish Gallery
4 - 28 March 2015
The Scottish Gallery is delighted to present a showcase of new jewellery from Jacqueline Mina OBE.
"Following a research project I was involved with in 1999 at the Museum of London, in which a Roman sarcophagus and its contents discovered in London’s Spitalfields were being studied..."
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday
Craft in Focus is delighted to announce that we are returning to Richmond from 13-15 November 2015. This was one of our most popular fairs in the craft calendar, both with visitors and exhibitors.

After a four year break due to a massive refurbishment of the buildings and theatre (Queen Charlotte Hall) of the Richmond Adult Community College (RACC) the venue is now able to welcome us back.

Full details and booking forms will be available soon so please ensure you keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

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Until we left in 2012 due to the renovations, the RACC has had a contemporary craft fair regularly since the early nineties and our return here is bound to be popular. The venue is less than two minutes from the tube and main line station with a large public car park adjacent to the venue. There is a huge customer base already established in this area. In addition the RACC is now focussing heavily on designer crafts and arts related courses.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Wednesday
£6m funding opening soon for registration - 16 March 2015

Innovate UK in partnership with Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.

The aim of this funding competition is to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials. More information & Competition registration page.

Competition Briefing & Consortia Building Events


This event is an excellent opportunity for you to receive first hand information about the competition - its scope, application process, key dates etc. as well as meet and network with peers, potential partners, market leaders & innovators in the industry.

List of events: more information & event registration pages

Competition briefing (AMRC, Rotherham)
9 March 2015
Competition briefing (Glasgow University)
18 March 2015
Competition briefing (Riddel Hall, Belfast)
23 March 2015
Competition briefing (Congress Center, London)
25 March 2015
Competition briefing (Life sciences hub, Cardiff)
27 March 2015
For queries about this competition, please contact support@innovateuk.gov.uk. For queries about the events, please contact steve.morris@ktn-uk.org.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ki​nd Regards,

Andy Sellars
Lead Technologist - High Value Manufacturing

Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue
Swindon SN2 1UE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2015 at 12:36pm
http://www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/shows/kew/

Handmade at Kew is an exciting new selling event for Contemporary Crafts at the prestigious UNESCO world heritage site, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The show offers makers an inspiring location to exhibit exquisite work of high quality, tradition and heritage to a discerning audience.

This unique collaboration between Handmade in Britain and Kew draws on a wealth of event experience within the sector and an extended network of supporters, advisors and partnerships to deliver an exciting new addition to the craft calendar.

Applications are invited worldwide from individual makers, groups, organisations and galleries working in the following areas: ceramics, jewellery, fashion & textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories.

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 30th April 2015.

Please read the application pack before applying.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2015 at 12:34pm
KickStart 2015 competition

Are you a jewellery designer looking to boost your brand? Then enter the IJL KickStart competition, open to all emerging designers who have been trading for less than 5 years.

This competition, supported by the BJA, is an excellent way to gain commercial acumen in order to launch brands into the jewellery industry. If you, or another designer is suitable for this initiative, please forward this information to them.

The deadline is fast approaching, so enter now - before Friday 13th March!
http://www.jewellerylondon.com/en/Whats_On/kickstart2015/
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2015 at 12:33pm
Wearables Opportunity

Innovate UK’s IC tomorrow programme is currently running a Wearable Technology Innovation Contest outlining. There are six challenges areas offering up £35K funding per challenge area to develop and trial solutions with the partners; McLaren and Loughborough University, Disney, glh Hotels, Amey and National Rail, Atos and Queen Mary University London. Successful applicants will also benefit from the relationship with the contest support partners: London College of Fashion and Wearable World.

Application Deadline: Noon 10th March 2015

Full competition brief, guidance document and application, visit IC tomorrow.


Better interactions between people and machines

£500K Feasibility Funding Competition - launching 16th February 2015. For details visit Innovate UK.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on February 22, 2015 at 12:30pm
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For almost 20 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. Through a community network and regular events it makes connections between thinkers, developers, coders, artists, designers, urbanists and policy makers – inspiring them to experiment and to collaborate in new ways.

The FutureEverything festival brings people together to discover, share and experience new ideas for the future. Pioneering the practice of city-wide ‘festival as laboratory’ it combines a large scale cultural event – encompassing art, music and discussion – with new technology, novel research methods and playful social experiments. It has been named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world.

Year round, FutureEverything champions the role of grassroots innovation in the digital creative economy. It creates opportunities for artists, programmers and coders though regular commissions, hackdays and innovation challenges. Through its research it identifies and explores areas in which technological, creative and societal innovation could facilitate change. Through policy work and thought leadership it advocates for the creative use of open data to improve government and empower citizens and communities.

As a world-leader in the digital art sector, FutureEverything commissions artists to illustrate new ideas through creative prototypes, interactive design and participative experiences. It is seen by Arts Council England as “one of the key touch-point organisations” connecting creative communities with academic research, the business sector and policy makers.

Past FutureEverything projects include a data visualisation of the global audience response to London 2012, and work in open data that has led to new policy and infrastructure, such as DataGM, the Greater Manchester Datastore.

Current projects include EUPORIAS, a European Commission project working with the UK’s Met Office and international climate science organisations to foster a new industry of ‘climate services’, the Greater Manchester Data Synchronisation Programme, the Smart Citizen environmental sensing network and Apps for Europe, a series of local, national and EU-wide competitions to create innovative open data businesses.
 

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