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
Members: 75
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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 on Monday

The Goldsmiths' Centre in Clerkenwell is the leading charity for the professional training of goldsmiths. We run a dynamic programme of courses, workshops and events for those working or aspiring to work in the industry.
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 training in technical and design skills with business development support ranging from marketing and visual merchandising to finance.

Benefits include:

    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

Course fee: £260 (incl. VAT) per month
SETTING OUT runs from Mon 2 February 2015 to Fri 29 January 2016
Application deadline: Sun 30 November 2014

Application form available at
"Setting Out is fantastic for any silversmith or jewellery designer starting a business, with professional training support and advice, short courses and a beautiful space to work and meet your clients."
Alexandra Tosto
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 offers the training 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 CV 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
Application deadline: Mon 10 Nov 2014
Apply today
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
Application deadline: Fri 28 Nov 2014
Enter today

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Crafts Council Opportunity for makers

From Dubai to London
Call to makers who like to show their work in an international environment in the UK (COLLECT Open) or abroad (Design Days Dubai) or who are looking for support to set up their craft business (Hothouse).

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

I thought that members of your craft group might be interested to know that our 2015 programme of courses is out now.


Even bigger than the last one

Our 2015 programme is packed with new courses – we’re offering more than ever before.


Everything from sculpture to copperplate etching, loom weaving, cloche hats and papier maché-dermy. Of course, we’ve also made sure to include perennial favourites.

See all our courses here.


Please pass it on!

We would be delighted if you are able to forward this message to members of your craft group and anyone you think might be interested.


Hard Copies

Just let us know of you would like hard copies of our programme and we’ll send as many copies as you need, in time for your next meeting.


11th day free

Don’t forget to keep a tally of your bookings and claim your 11th day free.


Hope to see you in 2015, if not before.

With best wishes,


Faith Pritchard


Ardington School of Crafts


Our opening hours: Wed – Sun, 9am – 5pm


Ardington School of Crafts, School Road, Ardington, Nr Wantage, OX12 8PN, Tel. 01235 833433

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

As Vessels is primarily a selling show we’d like to showcase the chosen artists and pieces which will make up the exhibition. If you are interested in purchasing a piece make sure you come along to the exhibition. The show will be open to the public from Monday 27 – Friday 31 October 2014, 10am-4pm each day. Free Entry.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

At the Bench
Hi everyone.

Andrew has taken delivery of the prototype of the new Knew Concepts bench pin and bench clamp. Andrew has been involved with the development of the clamp and the new and improved clamp with Andrews improvements will be with us next week. Really exciting times to be involved with such a useful piece of equipment for the bench jeweller. Product reviews to follow in a couple of weeks.

More equipment has arrived in the way of an electro plating unit from a company called Jentner. We played with this unit in Basel and could not believe how easy it was to use and get superb results so easily.

Take care, we are off to play....again.

Andrew and the At The Bench Team

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Christmas Sampler Weekend

This exciting weekend course offers the chance to explore several subjects over two days and learn the skills to make unique Christmas decorations
and presents. From the selection below, choose two workshops each day, each 2½ hours long, and get a real taste of new techniques and processes, taking home four finished items.

November 14–16 WE4982 £296 (including all dinners) Suitable for all


Silver jewellery
Discover the basics of jewellery making as you
create texture, saw, pierce, form and polish silver
to make an original silver pendant inspired by the
delicate flower form.

Fused glass Christmas decorations
Create fused glass Christmas decorations to
adorn your tree using colourful Bullseye Glass.
Learn to cut glass triangles and assemble into
trees and stars which we will decorate with
embellishments and effects.

Foraged woodland Christmas decorations
Make garlands, twiggy stars, and simple rustic
wreaths from foraged materials. Come and create
natural Christmas decorations from woodland
materials such as beech nuts, larch twigs, fir
cones and more.

Paper cuts
Explore and experiment with the potential of
paper to create intricate paper cut artworks
and paper sculpture.


Learn to cut and carve a streamlined wooden
bird then bring it to life with just some wire and
a clothes peg.

Make an enamelled badge or maybe even two
as you experiment with a number of different
enamelling on copper techniques.

Festive trinkets in watercolour
Paint a seasonal memento in watercolour which
can be reproduced as a motif for a Christmas
card or gift label. Explore the transparent qualities
of watercolour to layer paint and create vibrant
luminous effects and lively colour combinations.

Sewn appliquéd cushion
Make a unique envelope cushion cover and
decorate with festive appliqué, as you learn
basic machine and hand sewing skills.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 24, 2014 at 3:52am

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 October 23, 2014 at 3:42am

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.


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Tales From the Tool Box - A Crafthaus Online Exhibition

Diana Greenwood
‘There is always one moment in childhood…’

Mantel Box 230 x 330 x 45 mm

Mantel Box in Cherry wood with a hinged glass door, containing a silver vessel marked ‘drink me’, marbles, sweets and found objects

A piece about childhood, forgotten toys, favorite stories and the loss of innocence as the future beckons, inspired by ‘Garden of Love’ by William Blake.

Image Credit: Diana Greenwood

View the new CRAFTHAUS online exhibition (October 24-November 24, 2014)

Tales from the Tool Box - Chapter 1

Curated by Mark Fenn - Studiofenn, UK

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

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

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