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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: 67
Latest Activity: on Friday

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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2013 at 12:30pm
Featured Maker - November 2013
http://www.craftinfocus.com/focus_november_2013.html

Each month we will be turning the spotlight on one of our regular makers,to give you an insight into their work, and to direct you to more information about them.

Mary-Jane Sirett - Mary Mary Jewellery

Mary has been making her unique and quirky range of jewellery for about 25 years now. She uses a wide range of polymer clays combined with her huge semi-precious gemstone collection, precious metals and bohemian crystals to create her much sought after, highly colourful and very intricate pieces of work. Mary builds highly detailed 'canes' of pattern with the clay - which she then cuts into tiny slices to build each one-off piece. Her techniques and skills are quite unusual and thus her work has appeared in several books and a number of magazines over the years, as well as being stocked by some of the London's most prestigious galleries.

Now living in the far west of Cornwall, Mary's mad cap life is packed with wild and wonderful adventures and her jewellery is built to withstand this intense wear and tear! The most important aspect or her work though is that it is beautiful, flattering, comfortable and of the highest possible quality for the wearer. Affordability and happy customers are also high on the agenda - hence her big emphasis on any aftercare and a lifetime guarantee on much of her work. Mary really treasures the lovely comments and gratitude so many of her regular customers bestow on her - "It's what makes it all worthwhile at the end of the day."

Surrounded by the most incredible, ever changing Atlantic scenery, and living close to St Ives with its huge artistic heritage, Mary never runs out of inspiration, and delights in forever creating new designs. These can be seen at the prestigious craft shows she attends, in the ever growing number of galleries who stock her work, and in her studio at Foundry Farm, Hayle.

As a testament to the strength of her jewellery Mary is very proud to have been ranked 53rd in the recent World Bellyboarding Championships at Chapel Porth, Cornwall dressed in vintage costume and, of course, wearing her jewels. The training involves a daily session of playing in the waves with her friends, for which she would never consider removing her jewellery. So far - so good, despite the recent fabulous surf in which the mighty waves managed to break her board in two!

Mary is delighted to be taking part in Craft In Focus events at Sevenoaks, Winchester and Wisley in November.

Further information and images can be see on Mary's website:
www.mary-mary.net
For full details of our events see our calendar to the left of the page.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2013 at 10:01am

Jewellery Showcase / Arddangosfa Gemwaith     
Pamela Rawnsley     

Pamela’s work as both a silversmith and jeweler has always been informed by the landscape. She has focused on the area around her home in the Brecon Beacons, making close observations of the shape- shifting light and weather. In 2012 she received a Creative Wales Ambassador Award which led to a residency in Australia. The extraordinary and strange landscapes there have resulted in her seeing the landscape anew, with the colours, textures, and flora of South Australia forming the core of her new work.

Mae gwaith Pamela fel gofaint arian a gemydd wedi cael ei hysbysu gan y tirwedd erioed.  Yn y gorffennol fe ganolbwyntiodd ar yr ardal o amgylch ei chartref ym Mannau Brycheiniog, gan dalu sylw manwl i’r tywydd a newidiadau yn y golau sy’n effeithio ar ffurf.  Yn 2012 derbyniodd un o Ddyfarniadau Cymru Greadigol arweiniodd at gyfnod preswyl yn Awstralia.  Mae’r tirweddau estron a rhyfeddol yno wedi golygu iddi ystyried y tirwedd o’r newydd, a bellach mae lliwiau, gweadau, a phlanhigion De Awstralia’n elfennau canolog o’i gwaith newydd.
    
http://www.lgac.org.uk/invite_mothersknee.html

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 29, 2013 at 6:42am

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Opening of a Second Fisherton Mill gallery shop in Wilton Shopping Village’s fabulous historic courtyard.  The new shop is situated in, appropriately enough, a seventeenth century grain mill which is the courtyard’s oldest building.  This new venture will be followed in January with the unveiling of 5 studio workshops featuring artists at work, together with a new Fisherton Mill Cafe.


Wilton Shopping Village is in the early stages of a planned new direction for the Historic Courtyard and we hope that Fisherton Mill can help catalyse that re-generation. 


This second Fisherton Mill location will offer a different selection of work although there will be some crossover so that our most popular artists have the opportunity to display in both Salisbury and Wilton.   There will be a diverse range by artists working in many mediums - painters, potters, jewellers, ceramicists, fashionistas and much more.   The Wilton gallery will also have a focus on interior products, linking in with the adjacent Wilton Carpet and Firegarden showrooms. 


The five new studio workshops we hope will help us satisfy demand for space we can’t always fulfil in Salisbury.  We are pleased to say that one of the spaces has been reserved already!  Please do get in touch if you would like to be considered – further details below.


We will keep you posted as our plans progress and we intend to start adding some images to Facebook to give a taste of what is to come so ‘like’ our page to keep up to date.

 


Best wishes

 

Deborah, Michael and the Fisherton Mill team.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 29, 2013 at 4:04am
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 25, 2013 at 9:08am
Just a reminder that tomorrow we are holding a special fundraising event at Making Space from 2pm-4pm to launch our Postcard Exhibition and give you the opportunity to view and buy new and original artwork before it goes on sale to the public on Monday (28 October).

Artists and designers from Hampshire and beyond have donated work to the Postcard Exhibition and all proceeds will go towards supporting Making Space to continue its valued outreach across the county. Each piece of 4’ x 6” art on display will be available for a set price of £20 – but you won’t know who the artist is until you have bought it!

Please see the attached invitation for more information about this exciting launch event – tickets are £5 (free to contributing artists). We do hope you will be able to join us.

Kind regards
Catharine Russell


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Catharine Russell
Administration & Operations Coordinator
Please note, I work part time hours.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 22, 2013 at 3:19pm
http://www.coinstreet.org/whatson/exhibitions-and-events/dazzleoxo....

Dazzle will be making a short move down the South Bank into the iconic Oxo Tower Wharf, transforming into Dazzle@oxo...

Up until this year Dazzle, the UK's largest selling contemporary jewellery exhibition, has called the National Theatre their London home. In 2013 they will be showcasing over 50 jewellery designers from 22 countries and selling 3000 unique handmade pieces right here in our gallery@oxo.

Along with established jewellery designers such as Gail Klevan and Jane Adam and our very own Josef Koppmann, Dazzle will be introducing 12 new young designers. Graduate Kelly Munro will be bringing her wonderful statement pieces, using branded wood, knotted rubber and intricately saw pierced metal, each inspired by the north Scottish coastline. While fellow emerging designer, Chris Boland, will be bringing his strong bold designs using semi-precious stones.

For 32 years, Dazzle has provided a much anticipated insight into all that is happening in contemporary jewellery. The showcase is a place to find both internationally collected names and to discover new talent, hand picked from graduate shows by the Dazzle team. Don't miss out on viewing (and buying) these wearable works of art on display in the gallery@oxo throughout November and the festive season.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 17, 2013 at 3:29pm
Hi Rebecca

Please share this link and invitation to our website via the ACJ
website and Facebook page:

Open invitation to all ACJ members and friends -
You are welcome to visit us on Monday mornings between now and
Christmas (excluding 4th November) to see our space at Centrepunch in
Dulwich, whilst you are there why not stop off for a delicious coffee
and snack at the lovely Volcano Cafe on the ground floor?!
Feel free to Contact us via the website for details on Courses and
Bench-space hire plus lots more on offer at Centrepunch for the
Goldsmithing, Silversmithing and Jewellery industry, join our mailing
list and/or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. All links are available
via our home page, register button and contact page:

www.centrepunch.co.uk

Thank-you and we look forward to welcoming you at Centrepunch !

Beaulagh Brooks,
MA(RCA), CMI, FHEA

Education and Training Director
Founder
Centrepunch Ltd
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 17, 2013 at 7:30am

The annual Goldsmiths' Fair has reported a positive 31st event, winning footfall on par with last year's event and "seven figures" taken over the duration of the two-week show.
http://www.professionaljeweller.com/article-13747-31st-goldsmiths-f...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 13, 2013 at 12:50pm
As a distributor of distinctive designer jewellery we are currently looking for a new collection of jewellery to add to our portfolio. We are looking for unique designs or a style which can developed and are of a high quality. Our customers are discerning and look for designs which are inspirational and versatile.

For more information visit enchantingearth.co.uk or email enquiries@enchantingearth.co.uk,
enchanting-earth enchantingearth.co.uk
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 12, 2013 at 10:21am
Are Your Valuables Properly Insured? Find out at our Valuation Day


Our next Valuation Day at Goldsmiths’ Hall is on Friday 8 November.

These ever popular events, held in the magnificent Goldsmiths' Hall, offer the chance for a private one-to-one consultation with our expert valuer.

Places are limited and by reservation only.
For more information or to reserve your place contact the valuations department on 020 7606 8971 or valuations@assayofficelondon.co.uk
 

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