The Association for Contemporary Jewellery


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.


Location: UK
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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 



• 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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

Karina Gill - Contemporary Silversmith
Karina Gill
Silversmith Karina Gill received a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in Farnham.  Since completing her degree in 1996 she has built up her business from her workshop in Dorset where she designs and makes her etched metal bowls and jewellery.

Karina's refreshing and unusual technique has gained her the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Craftsmanship and Design Silver Award and she was shortlisted for the Company Award. Amongst other prizes she has also been awarded the Special Prize for innovative work at British Silver Week.

Karina is an enthusiastic, determined and creative craftswoman; her pride is developing contemporary treasures that will be objects to be loved for generations.
Read more about Karina's background and her work

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday

Will Odell now has a brand new e-commerce site.
As you  all know we  launched our new website in September.
To celebrate this we asked people to give some feedback, and we would then pick out a name from these people to win a silver bangle or a pair of cufflinks.
We would like to congratulate Lindsay Hall the lucky winner.
Thank you to everyone who spent the time looking through the site and giving us feedback.
We really appreciate all your thoughts.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday
Open days well underway...

UCA Farnham
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Saturday 15 November 2014
Wednesday 3 December 2014

Please note: the course talk for BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textiles Art will take place at the Farnham campus although the course is taught at the Royal School of Needlwork (RSN), Hampton Court Palace. The RSN holds open days at their studios as well and for details of these please see their website.

here is the link to the MA Jewellery
And the BA Jewellery and Metalwork

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday

You’ve got what it takes to succeed, now learn the skills to start in business
Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills? Then Getting Started is the short course you need to start your career in the creative industries.  

This week long course will help you get to grips with the practicalities of selling your work to galleries, developing your portfolio and CVs as well as understanding the basics of PR, marketing and business planning. Supported by The Goldsmiths' Company.

Course fee: Free
Mon 12 - Fri 16 January 2015
The application deadline closes on
Mon 10 November 2014

Application form available at
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street, London
EC1M 5AD, United Kingdom
Info: To find out more about The Goldsmiths’ Centre:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday


Are you looking to set up a creative, design led business? Do you need support and space to plan your next career move? SETTING OUT is the opportunity to achieve your goals.

Setting Out is aimed at graduates and working goldsmiths as well as those aspiring to join the industry from a related design discipline. The full-time course is delivered by expert tutors and guest speakers and combines technical and creative design skills with business development training ranging from marketing, visual merchandising to finance.

The course offers many unique benefits:
The full knowledge to start up your own business and become a part of The Goldsmiths' Centre design community
Training in technical, creative and business skills
One-to-one mentoring from an industry expert
Full-time, flexible access to a modern shared studio space
Use of fully equipped training and prototyping workshops
A platform to showcase work at exhibitions and events
Opportunity to apply for a potential starter studio upon successful course completion
Course fee: £3,120 (incl VAT)
SETTING OUT runs from Mon 2 February 2015 to Fri 29 January 2016
The application deadline closes on Sun 30 November 2014

Application form available at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Monday


Be recognised as a star of the future

Applications are now open for the prestigious Precious Metal Bursary Award. This award supports selected, final-year undergraduate students to complete their end of year projects using precious metals.

Bursaries of up to £1,000 are awarded to candidates whose designs exhibit exciting and innovative use of precious metals. The award is generously bestowed by The Goldsmiths' Company and winning work is showcased at the annual Shine exhibition at The Goldsmiths' Centre.

Award entry: Free
The application deadlines is Fri 28 November 2014

Application form available at

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 19, 2014 at 2:09pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 19, 2014 at 2:03pm
Exclusive October reader offer!
25% off our European jewellery ranges

Usually we celebrate and promote mainly our British designer-makers at Jam, but this month we’re shining the spotlight on four of our European jewellers. Established German designers Manu, Quinn and Triangel and Polish designers, Deco Echo.

Each has their own particular contemporary style, but collectively, they reflect the European style of jewellery. Pieces are more about making a statement; designs are stronger and sometimes more architectural.

As a Jam newsletter subscriber, we’re exclusively offering you 25% off our European jewellery collections, by these four designer makers.

Simply complete the payment details with code Euro14 by midnight Friday 31 October online, or print and bring a copy of this newsletter into Jam by close of business the same day. Offer applies to items in stock only.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 16, 2014 at 1:50pm

A programme of support from the Crafts Council for emerging makers.

Are you looking for support and advice, tailor-made for your contemporary craft practice?

Have you set up your craft business within the last 3 years?

Are you looking to develop a strong foundation and peer-group to help you make the best start?

Applications for Hothouse 5 go live on the 15th September 2014. Deadline 20th October 2014.

Hothouse 5 is a national programme taking place in four areas across England and Scotland. The programme will run from February to July 2015.

The areas are:
Northern England
South East England
South West England

You don’t have to be based in any of the areas to apply but must be able to travel to take part if selected. All of the cohorts are open to makers practicing in any craft discipline.

What is it?
Hothouse provides emerging makers with a programme of focussed, intensive business skills and creative development, complemented with 1:1 support over a six month period.

In 2015 there are 46 places available for new makers across the UK, the programme is delivered in regional cohorts and so makers are part of a valuable peer group and a wide national network at the same time.

The programme is delivered in partnership with professional development and craft organisations across the country making it a tailor-made programme for contemporary craft makers. Hothouse participants get to meet lots of other national organisations and regional organisations and our partners get to see up and coming talent and help them realise their potential.

Our partners include universities, colleges, makers’ networks, galleries and retailers, studio complexes, Guilds & Societies, cultural institutions and professional development agencies.

Hothouse has a core programme of workshop sessions delivered over a six month period led by expert trainers and experienced practicing makers. The programme comprises: group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity; networking events which bring participants together as a national group; support from a peer buddy from a past cohort; 1:1 sessions with a specialist mentor from the sector.

Who is it for?

Hothouse is open to any discipline; based in any region and from any educational background or training, both formal or informal. There is no age limit.

How much does it cost?

Applicants pay a one off application fee of £50. The programme itself is free but participants must pay their own travel and subsistence when attending programme session days and any other expenses incurred.

How can I find out more?

For more information on the programme please visit:
To keep up to date with when the applications for Hothouse 5 go live, and any other professional development opportunities, sign up to our Making Newsletter.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 15, 2014 at 5:04pm

Meet the new graduates representing the next generation in British crafts...

Yufei Liang explores repetition in her geometric lamps and Leah Jensen brings together contrasting materials in her collection of objects and vessels.

StephieAnn Design exhibit their collection of delicately luxurious lingerie and nightwear and Alexandra Goodrick presents her precious, vintage inspired jewellery collection.
Hanny Newton displays her hand embellished bow ties; a modern twist on a classic design, Preanka Patel showcases the bold shapes of her striking jewellery collection and Izzi Rainey presents a collection of bold and textural prints for homewares & interiors.

Handmade in Britain 14:
The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair
14th - 16th November 2014
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

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We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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