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.


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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

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 June 24, 2012 at 6:15am

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 24, 2012 at 6:13am

We offer work experience in London and Kent. You need to be over 18 and in higher education, studying a relevant subject. Please email your CV and covering letter to, stating your main area of interest: production, press, e-commerce or retail.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 24, 2012 at 6:06am


Badges & Buttons Waistcoats & Vests

July 11 - August 26, 2012 

Curated by Elizabeth Turrell & Robert Ebendorf

Participating artists:
Dail Behennah, Michael Brennand-Wood, Stephen Bottomley, Ken Bova, Melissa Cameron, Jim Cotter, Susan Cross, Robert Ebendorf, Beate Gegenwart, Caroline Gore, Jane Harrison, Mark Hartung / Gretchen Goss, Arthur Hash, Thomas Hill, Timothy Information Limited, Basil Kardasis, Felix Lindner, Megan McGaffigan, Trish O'Hara , Matthew Partington, Maria Phillips, Marissa Saneholtz, Marlene True, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 24, 2012 at 5:59am

You are invited to the opening of the very first silversmithing exhibition 'Festival of Silver' at the new Goldsmiths' Centre in Clerkenwell.


Lord Cunliffe will officially open the exhibition on  

Tuesday July 10th at 2.00pm.

The Goldsmiths' Centre 
42 Britton Street  


London EC1M 5AD


The Festival of Silver exhibition features special guests Thalen & Thalen from Belgium 10-14 July 2012.


  • Brett Payne
  • John Higgins Contemporary Silver
  • Phil Barnes
  • The Pearson Silver Collection
  • Styles Silver
  • William & Son
  • Richard Fox
  • Martin Keane


Silversmiths represented by John Higgins Contemporary

Silver and Styles Silver:


Abigail Brown, Adrian Hope, Alex Brogden, Angela Cork, Angus McFadyen, Anthony Elson, Bryony Knox, Carol Mather, Clive Burr,

Don Porritt, Elizabeth Peers, Esther Lord, Fred Rich, Graham Stewart, Hannah Dennis, Ian Calvert, James Dougall, Jane Short, Jenny Edge, Keith Tyssen, Kevin Grey, Lee Simmons, Leo Shirley Smith, Lucian Taylor, Malcolm Appleby, Martin Keane, Martyn Pugh, Michael Lloyd,   

Miriam Hanid, Nan Nan Liu, Ndidi Ekubia, Olivia Lowe, Pamela Rawnsley,   

Peter Musson, Phillip Kydd, Rauni Higson, Ray Walton, Rebecca Joselyn,Rod Kelly, Shaun Grace, Shona Marsh, Shimara Carlow, Sian Matthews, Steve Wager,  Stella Campion, Stuart Jenkins, Theresa Nguyen,  

Wallis Lavery, Wally Gilbert, Wayne Meeten,Will O'Dell, William Lee.




Gordon Hamme


RSVP: Sheena Brewer - 01249 656230


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 24, 2012 at 5:56am
Welcome to the Holts Academy newsletter. This month we are proud to announce the launch of our new website and blog! We also have some great savings for our newsletter subscribers!
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We are extremely happy to announce the launch of our new website!

It's been some time in the making but the new Holts Academy of Jewellery website is now live. 
To celebrate the launch, we are giving all of our newsletter subscribers £50 off your next short course purchase!
Just enter the voucher code 'NEWWEBSITE' on checkout to receieve the discount! Alternatively just give us a call on 020 7405 1097 if you have any problems or want to pre-book a course over the phone. Order quick as the offer is only valid until the 14th of June!

An evening with ..
We are excited to announce the next event in our popular An evening with... calendar. On the 26th of June we will be inviting Alex Monroe 
Tickets: £5 for Academy students and Alumni / £10 all others (wine and refreshments included) 
You can now book your tickets online - click here to book and reserve your place now!
tel 020 7405 0197 or email  

Our mailing address is: 
Holts Academy of Jewellery
5, St Cross Street,
Hatton Garden
LondonEngland EC1N 8UA
United Kingdom
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 22, 2012 at 5:16am
A day just for JSN and ACJ members!

Friday the 13th July 10am to 6pm
There will be talks and demonstrations.
Bookings essential!
To book e-mail Griselda Bear at:
With e-mail addresses and phone numbers and whether you belong to the JSN or ACJ.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 21, 2012 at 4:57am

Invitation to apply for Hothouse

Application deadline: 31 July 2012

Are you looking for support and advice tailor-made for your contemporary craft practice? Are you within two years of setting up? Are you looking to develop a strong foundation and peer-group to help you make the best start?  

Now in its third intake, Hothouse provides forty emerging makers each year with a six month programme of business and creative development, complemented with 1:1 support. The programme includes: group sessions on developing business skills, market knowledge and creativity, a series of networking events which will bring together all Hothouse cohorts, support from a peer buddy and individual sessions with a mentor from the sector.  

'Hothouse has given us new ways to look at ourselves as creative people. I found it inspirational in making me want to move forward with my business. I feel happier in the knowledge that I am not alone and that support is there for me.' Hothouse participant.

For more information and to download an application pack, click here. 

Hothouse forms one strand of the Crafts Council Collective, a programme of CPD provision for makers enabling them to take control of their own professional development throughout their careers. 

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 13, 2012 at 3:08am

MAKING IT : Studio Opportunities
Making Space has received an Arts Council England grant for MAKING IT, a craft project which aims to reveal the process and relationship between the craft of hand and mind, between object and word and through learning and making.  It aims to demonstrate that craft is the tool to investigate wider ideology, which is active, participatory and implicit in every day lives and in creative development.   MAKING IT is a collaborative project with Alice Kettle, the Centre for Real-World Learning at the University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council.
As part of this project, Making Space is offering two rent-free studios for one year valued at £2,400 per studio. Successful applicants will also receive £1,000 for materials to support research and development.  The residencies are suitable for emerging makers who want to experiment or fuse different techniques with new materials; to be open to collaborations, gain from critical dialogue with other partners and reach new audiences. Selected makers will be expected to explore and address how their practice links to the key aims of the MAKING IT project.   

The deadline for applications:  Wednesday 4th July 2012  

For more information please download the application pack from font color="#0000FF">> or email or call 023 92472491.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 3, 2012 at 5:50am

                       BSW FOS 2012                                                
    Thalen & Thalen
Silver vessels by Thalen & Thalen 
Special guests at the '2012 Festival of Silver' 
selling exhibition -Thalen & Thalen

Goldsmiths' Centre, Clerkenwell, 
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 July. 9.30am - 4.45pm
The very first silver exhibition at the new Goldsmiths' Centre features contemporary silver dealers, silversmiths and special guests Thalen & Thalen from Belgium. Father and son team Rob and Jaap Thalen have built an international reputation for exceptional silver vessels and sculptural silver objects. Rob, trained as a sculpture, has pushed the limits of silversmithing with pieces not normally seen at silver exhibitions. "Firstly we weld together two of the largest sections of silver the bullion suppliers can make, at a metre square each, and then Jaap and I can take up to three months to raise and finish a single vessel." Thalen & Thalen have exhibited mostly recently at the premier decorative arts exhibition SOFA in New York selling work at up to $150,000. Thalen & Thalen pieces are in private and public collections in the US, Europe and Africa. The first Goldsmiths' Centre exhibition of silversmithing will feature...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 3, 2012 at 5:32am

The elements of the Olympic medals and the building blocks of Classical civilisation. To some, they brought riches; to others, ruin. What will they bring you?

This special late night event will have activities, talks, performance and live experiments happening all over the building.

A lustrous evening of myth, music, debate and messy play.

This event is free. Drop in anytime. 


  • Settle down for a mythic story with Marina Warner and Vayu Naidu
  • Enjoy our very own smashing, crashing Bronzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, as they explore the different sounds that these metals create.
  • Enjoy science songs from Jonny Berliner.
  • Operatic tenor Stephen Miles will serenade with songs of gold and silver.


Demonstrations, activities, experiment  

  • Watch out for our gold assayer who will be ready to tell you if that precious ring is made of the real thing.
  • Learn the intricacies of making silver wire with Jamie Hall.
  • Meet Marcos Martinón-Torres, a modern-day alchemist.
  • Find out how batteries work.
  • Get an insight into one of Archimedes’ most famous experiments with Martin Coath.
  • Find out how to cast tin with the Institute of Making.
  • Meet a silversmith, David Clarke.
  • Discover the role that colloids have in making stained glass.
  • Make your own silver photogram.


Talks and debate – tickets available from 19.00 from the Information Point.

  • Adventures in Greek and Roman metallurgy with Edith Hall.
  • Join the UCL Debating Society as they argue the merits and human costs of metal mining.
  • Chemical, physical and musical metals: live experiments with Andrew Szydlo.
  • This event has been curated by Hugh Aldersey-Williams and Andrea Sella



Jonny Berliner, science troubadour

Bronzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

David Clarke, silversmith

Martin Coath, Public Engagement Coordinator and Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Plymouth University Cognition Institute

Martin Conreen and Zoe Laughlin, Institute of Making, UCL

Ruth Fillery-Travis, UCL Institute of Archeology

Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at King’s College London

Jamie Hall, medieval metalworking specialist

Crispin Hughes, photographer

Marcos Martinón-Torres, Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology

Stephen Miles, tenor

Vayu Naidu, storyteller and Artistic Director of Vayu Naidu Storytelling Company

Andrew Szydlo, chemistry teacher and live demonstration expert

Andres Tretiakov, Science Technician, St Paul’s School

UCL Debating Society

Marina Warner, Professor of Literature at the University of Essex, author of ‘Stranger Magic: Charmed states & the Arabian Nights’ 


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