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: 70
Latest Activity: on Sunday

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

Discussion Forum

What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12, 2015. 2 Replies

Calling ACJ members: Do let us know what you would like to read about in the next issue of Findings. Contact: or comment here!New Writers: Findings is a valuable hub for knowledge sharing within the ACJ. Articles about events, projects, technical innovations, ideas, issues, internships, seminars, collaborations, new work, national and international. Contact: Being Worn: One of my policies for Findings is to picture jewellery being worn, and where possible not just on pretty young female models! If you see a great image of contemporary jewellery being worn, bring it to my attention. It may spark something. Contact:

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Did you know that the ACj has a great membership and forms the biggest group of jewellers in the UK... why not join?? great for jewellers and those interested in jewellery, with annual exhibitions, regular talks and invitations to events, a regular newsletter, discounts for suppliers and insurance, and you will receive the fabulous findings magazine with some great news, upto date interviews and articles about what now and what next!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique.
Jen Ricketts - Silversmith
Jen in her workshop
Award-winning silversmith Jen Ricketts has perfected the silversmithing technique of hand saw piercing. She uses the finest of saw blades to hand cut her designs creating unique pieces of contemporary silverware.
Jen gained a First Class Honours Degree from De Montfort University in 2011 and then completed a year long silversmithing residency at Bishopsland. She then completed two years on the Starter Studio Programme in Sheffield where she now has a workshop.
Jen's current work concentrates on making bespoke functional silverware of intricate city skylines and intriguing silhouettes of park scenes and the countryside. Each piece is exquisitely detailed and can be made to commission, featuring images of special or memorable places.
Jen has received bullion awards from the Goldsmiths' Company London, the Malcolm Appleby Award for artistic excellence and, in 2015, Sheffield Town Hall and Sheffield Assay Office Master commissioned her to create a gift to the Queen from the City of Sheffield.
Read more about Jen's background and her work
You can see Jen and her work at our Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair in Chelsea from 26-28 February.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Munich Jewelry Week is coming up and parts of the jewelry world are in a flurry of anticipation. Art Jewelry Forum will be active during MJW and we look forward to seeing many of you there. You can find AJF at:
The release of our latest book, On and Off: Jewelry in the Wider Cultural Field, from Galerie Marzee's booth--IHM Hall B1 Booth 771--from February 24-March 1. Credit cards will not be accepted and receipts will be handwritten so we highly recommend preordering your book for pickup. Use code MJWPICKUP during checkout.
The exhibition of the AJF Artist Award winner and finalists at Platina's booth--IHM Hall B1 Booth 763--from February 24-March 1.
A four-part panel discussion a four-part symposium on collecting, publishing, exhibiting, and death sex with Art Jewelry Forum, Current Obsession, and Norwegian Craft at Villa Stück on Thursday, February 25 from 9:00-12:00. Open to the public, but with limited seating.
The annual AJF dinner for current supporters at the Georgenhof on Thursday, February 25 starting at 20:00. Don't forget to register.
Here are a couple of guides to keep you up to date on the many things happening in Munich: the official Schmuck program and the Munich Jewelry Week listing by Current Obsession. For those not attending Munich Jewelry Week, stay tuned to AJF's social media platform for on the spot images and look out for AJF's Best of Munich Jewelry Week 2016 series on the website.
See you in the streets!
Art Jewelry Forum
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
The American Craft Council is looking for a Director of Education. This is a great organization and a super exciting job for the right person!
Summary: The director of education is responsible for creating a roster of thought-provoking, strategic, and engaging educational programming that will position the American Craft Council as a leader in the field, attract a growing audience, and facilitate meaningful conversation about craft.
Primary Responsibilities:
1. In accordance with the Council’s strategic plan, develop and execute a roster of programs that will:
• Strengthen economic opportunities within the craft field, including development of professional development programs for established and emerging artists
• Promote and advocate for craft as an important cultural resource
• Provide thought leadership and cultivate critical thinking about contemporary craft
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

26-28 February 2016

A stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing fair where visitors can purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as the latest designs from more established designer makers.

Take a look at our Facebook album for a sample of the type of work that can be viewed and purchased at this event.
Comments from previous visitors
Visitor Information
List of Exhibitors

Plan Your Visit

26-28 February

Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Admission:  £6

Old Town Hall, King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EE
A short walk from Sloane Square underground station
Google Map
London Underground
Circle or District Line to Sloane Square. Walk across Sloane Square and straight down the King's Road (keep Peter Jones Department Store on your right hand side). Chelsea Old Town Hall is approximately ten minutes walk down the King's Road, on the left hand side immediately opposite the lower end of Sydney Street.

Local Bus Routes
Alight in the King's Road at Chelsea Old Town Hall and the lower end of Sydney Street) numbers 49 or 211.
Alternatively catch bus numbers 11, 19, 22, 211 or 319 from Sloane Square/King's Road.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Crafts Book Club
Listen again to Crafts magazine’s inaugural Book Club
The Crafts magazine Book Club celebrates the relationship between writing and making. There has been a multitude of brilliant books that explore the nature of craftsmanship or have been written by makers themselves.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday
Be inspired by new textiles and jewellery from West Sweden
Curated by Katarina Karlsson/Konsthantverkscentrum and Grace Whowell
September 2015 – March 2016
Textil/Juvel: Contemporary Craft from West Sweden is a stunning and thought provoking exhibition of contemporary jewellery and textiles from seven leading makers, reflecting current trends in Swedish making. Textil/Juvel is the fourth in the Art Unpacked series of exhibitions from Chrysalis Arts, and has been devised with Konsthantverkscentrum -The Crafts Centre, Sweden.
The artists in Textil/ Juvel weave together a high level of skill and story, combining traditional techniques and new technologies to explore our relationship with the world. The exhibition demonstrates how artists from West Sweden are taking their rich craft heritage to forge new ways of working, using natural materials- seeds, wood, appropriated machine made objects and finely crafted metal and textiles. Textil/Juvel is a snapshot of a dynamic craft movement in Sweden, concerned with the natural world and our impact on it.
When and where
15 September – 1 November 2015 The Folly, Settle
10 November 2015 – 27 January 2016 Accrington Library
3 February – 19 March 2016 Woodend, Scarborough
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Coming soon to the Picturehouse Central in London

Craft has a very special relationship with film. Craft on film can be hypnotic, surprising and magical.  The resurgence of interest in craft has resulted in a host of beautiful and interesting new films on the topic.

From BBC Four’s unhurried look at making in 2015 to Oscar-nominated film director Morgan Spurlock turning his attention to the handmade in his next feature film Crafted – craft looks good on screen.

It’s why we are hosting our first ever craft film festival this May during London Craft Week. We’re taking over Picturehouse Central in London on the 4 and 5 of May to play a programme of films relating to craft.

From elegant documentaries, story-led films and animation to seeing skill in action or materials from a new angle and celebrating the craft of film-making - Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival will show an array of films that capture the wonder of craft.

If you have a made a film with a craft connection in the last two years then you could submit a film to Real to Reel.

So get the dates in your diary and let us know how you like your popcorn.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Sunday

Classes in Celie's Studio
Located in Beautiful Vermont
Hi All,
I’m writing to announce my line up of home classes for Summer and Fall 2016.  I am launching a brand new class called:
Hinged, Hollow, and Pierced; Triangular Pendant with a Hinge and Clasp
 June 24-27
 Ornaments and Elements: A Treasury of Techniques to Adorn the Wrist


July 8-11

Hollow Forms and Keum Boo

July 15-18

New Class! Hinged, Hollow, and Pierced; Triangular Pendant with a Hinge and Clasp



FALL 2016

September 16-19

Ring Making in PMC

September 23-26

Little Delights: Book Lockets and Hinged Books  

October 7-10 (Columbus Day)

Carved Polymer Bracelet with PMC Adornments

Please go to my website for full class descriptions. If you would like to sign-up, email me to make sure there spot in the class and I will hold a spot for you. See "To Register" at the bottom of each description.
I hope to see you!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 31, 2016 at 8:13am

another one for crafthaus members

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is currently offering a full scholarship to a crafthaus member for any of their weekend or week-long classes in 2016. Workshops are offered in ceramics, fiber, metals/jewelry, painting, drawing, photography, warm glass, woodturning, woodworking, mixed media, books and paper. There's something here for everyone!

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a national art education center located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The School offers workshops for the beginner to advanced artist, taught by national and international practicing studio artists and university faculty.

Juror: Nick DeFord, Arrowmont Program and Studio Manager

No entry fee. This is a crafthaus membership benefit.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

Scholarship details, Arrowmont catalog and Entry Form.


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