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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 Saturday

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 May 27, 2013 at 6:32am

You are invited to a very inspiring presentation! The Maine Center for Creativity and USM are very excited to present our next Creative Toolbox Series (which is generously sponsored in part by UNUM and Mainebiz):

Capitalizing on Creativity: How to Lead Creative People 
with Edison Liu, M.D., President and CEO of The Jackson Laborator
June 5th from 5:30pm-7:30pm 
Glickman LibraryPortland USM campus.

Why is it important for your community or workplace to develop a culture of creativity? And how does that improve your workplace?
 
In a 2010 IBM report 60% of CEOs listed “Creativity” as their number one leadership skill. Creativity drives business and adds value to both customers and the bottom line. Everyone agrees on the importance of having creative thinkers in their organizations. However, most people don’t know how to fully utilize these talented people once they have their team together. The real challenge comes in knowing how to lead creative people. How do you harness their talent! s and keep them on track with the goals of the company? How can you foster the right environment that encourages new ideas? Join us for an interesting and informative evening exploring these questions.

Pricing: $35
 or become a member of MCC for $35 and the first Creative Toolbox is free! 
$15
 for MCC Members, USM Alumni, non-USM students with student ID
Free to USM Students with student ID
 
Space is limited! Register todayintern@mainecenterforcreativity.org

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 6:21am

CERF+ Responds to OK Tornadoes

CERF+ is in the process of reaching out to artists and organizations in the areas that were affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma over the past week. If you know anyone in these communities, please help us connect with them either by passing along their contact information or by passing ours to them. If you are part of an arts organization, please make sure your constituents know about CERF+’s programs and services. In addition to ouremergency relief for craft artists, we also have resources about clean-upsalvageapplying for aid from FEMA, and more that may prove useful in the coming weeks and months.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 6:18am

WEEKLY NEWS

With over 100 hundred viewers watching Saturdays WebCast Jason was panicking when our system went down when we swapped over cameras. Luckily we had a webcam hooked up as a backup. Yet again the picture quality was poor and we went off air for 5 minutes but everyone who was watching started virtual singing in the chat box. How cool is that?

We are changing companies for next months WebCast which will be all about Texturing Metal. This company promises full screen and the ability to stop, rewind whilst actually watching the broadcast. We will be having a test run soon using the new company and will be going over Polishing again. So keep your eyes peeled for a link dropping into your email inbox. We will not be advertising this WebCast as we are just practising, so if you want to join in (it will be light hearted) then please do.

We are still answering your Tweets on polishing. If you would like to ask Andrew a question on polishing, then please Tweet and add the hashtag ATBMAY. So type your question followed by #ATBMAY. This way Andrew and the team will be able to reply to you individually.

Finally here is the link to the recording of Saturdays WebCast. Once again apologies for the poor picture quality, it shouldn't happen again.

http://www.anymeeting.com/atthebench/EE51DF87804F

Three films have gone live this week

Product Review – Durston Corrugated Rolling Mill


To make the film a bit more interesting, Andrew used the mill and another Durston product, the Bangle Forming Die Set, to make a torque bangle in 8 minutes flat, well….corrugated actually.......

Setting a Triangular Cabochon Stone Part 2

Andrew start with the basics and shows you how to make your own bezel wire and then demistifies the technique of making a bezel to fit a triangular stone accurately and easily, getting the fit right first.......

Techniques – Tension Set Ring Part 3

The first tension ring, called the Niessing Spannring®, was created in 1979 by the German company Niessing, but the technique has been around for over 40 years. Several At The Bench members requested this film.......

Regards

Andrew and the At The Bench Team

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 6:09am

ArtFund COLLECT 2013 winning museums announced
Nine museums have each won a share of the £75,000 ArtFund Collect prize and secured a major piece of contemporary craft for their collections. The ArtFund and Crafts Council created the scheme which enables museums to enhance their contemporary craft collections. To see if an exciting new piece has made it your way check the list here.
http://www.artfund.org/news/2013/05/13/nine-museums-win-major-new-o...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 5:59am

http://craftfinder.org.uk/blog/behind-the-scenes-keith-varney-on-ho...

Have you ever wondered how someone makes a successful career as a designer-maker? Not only do they need to be able to design and make but they also need to be able to run a business. Recognising the difficulties, the Crafts Council created its Hothouse programme, a business support scheme for aspiring designer-makers.

Keith Varney was an accomplished designer and cabinetmaker seeking a new challenge and direction in life. Here he is, in his own words, telling us about his new career as a ceramicist and how the Hothouse programme has helped him.

"It has been my dream and ambition, since returning to education in 2005, to establish a career as a craft practitioner and to succeed in producing the work that represents my interests and ideas. Along the way there have been many discoveries, challenges, breakthroughs, a few wrong turnings, some big mountains to climb and lots of hard work! But it has all been very rewarding.

Since graduating from Bath School of Art and Design with a BA in 3D Design: Ceramics in 2011, it has been a bit of a juggling act trying to develop my practice, alongside working 3 days a week as a technician and tutor in the Department of Art and Design at City of Bath College and the demands of family life with 4 children. This is very typical for many makers in the early years, though I have been very fortunate to find work that relates to my practice.

As a new maker emerging onto the craft scene, running a creative practice can seem more than a little daunting at first. A trip to one of the many excellent craft fairs around the country will quickly reveal the high quality and diversity of work available and the professional attitude of the makers themselves. Professional practice is now taught as a standard part of university arts courses, and while this is a good introduction for those wishing to start a career in the crafts, generally it is not covered in sufficient depth to enable makers to succeed.

The Crafts Council Collective Hothouse scheme, now in its third year, is designed to address this by providing a structured programme of creative and business support over a 6 month period, with the intention of creating a sustainable and successful practice. The skills taught on the programme are vital to succeed in the craft sector and cover many areas such as identifying the core values of the practice, business skills, planning, presenting your practice through the written and spoken word, building networks and of course marketing.

In January, Hothouse 3 began with 40 very excited makers meeting in London for the first part of this incredible journey. You could feel the buzz in the room as these talented new makers met for the first time. It has been very intense to be part of Hothouse; it certainly lives up to its name.

I am currently four months into the programme and it has been a fantastic experience so far, I still feel very excited to have been selected and the in-depth support has been invaluable. Each session builds on the last and addresses different issues that are vital to building the skills and confidence that will help to sustain and build the business for years to come. We have had excellent advice and training from craft industry specialists on many levels, some of which will take some time to integrate into my practice and in many cases this provides more questions than answers. After each Hothouse day I leave with my head spinning with so many ideas, it usually takes a quite few days of reflection and tough thinking for it all to settle especially as I normally have to go back to work either in the studio or at the college the next day.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 5:34am

https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/materialsktn/articles/-/blogs/ap...

Apply now for the Design in Materials summer school - Innomatnet
By: Malcolm HaroldMay 23, 2013 10:00 AM

SOLVING THE RIGHT PROBLEM:
THE INNOMATNET MATERIALS & DESIGN SUMMER SCHOOL 3-5 JULY 2013
The Institute of Materials and New Designers, London, UK

Are you a design, architecture, materials science /engineering student or young professional interested in innovating new product ideas and achieving commercial success?
The InnoMatNet Summer School is an exciting opportunity to join 30 of your peers from across Europe in learning about and testing fresh ways of developing commercially successful products which improve peoples’ lives.

Working in competing multi-disciplinary teams, selected participants will be coached in ‘solving the right problem’, and making design, materials and business choices which meet commercial as well as social objectives, e.g assisted living.
The experience will be intensive, valuable to your career and, we hope, enjoyable, with plenty of opportunities for socialising and networking!
Workshop activities will be highly practical, including user needs analysis, product ideation, materials selection, 3D model making, business case planning and pitching to investors.
Prizes will be presented to the winning team(s) at the end of the Summer School. In addition, all participants will receive a Certificate of Completion plus free access to InnoMatNet, MaDE, EBN and other innovation-commercialisation tools and resources.
The Summer School starts on the evening of 3 July at the prestigious headquarters of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in central London and continues on 4 July. We then move to the dynamic New Designers graduate design show on 5 July for an inspirational talks programme by leading designers and materials scientists and the closing ‘pitching’ workshop /awards ceremony.
It will be led by design, materials and commercialisation experts including Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles at the Royal College of Art, Gareth Jones, product designer (ex Dyson) and Royal Academy of Engineering Professor, Alison Prendiville, Director MDes Service Design Innovation, University of the Arts London, Robert Quarshie, Director Materials KTN, Bernie Rickinson, CEO Institute of Materials and Robert Sanders, Director European Business and Innovation Centre Network.
The InnoMatNet project is a co-funded initiative of the EC 7th Framework Programme. TheSummer School is hosted by InnoMatNet partners the Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE) and the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN). We are grateful to New Designers for their generous support.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 5:27am

Have you heard? Not only has the sun shown its face at long last, the UK Government has declared its support for skilled crafts in response to a widely circulated petition and they are asking for our ideas on how to assess the economic value of the crafts sector.

With National Craft & Design Month, celebrating the best of British Creativity and our craft&design Selected Awards applauding fine craftsmanship, plus lots to look forward to in the coming weeks and months - you'll find all this and more in our May Newsletter that's ready and waiting for you to download now. Happy reading!

Download May Newsletter here!

http://www.craftanddesign.net/newsletter/craft-and-design-newslette...

With best wishes from us all at craft&design

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 27, 2013 at 5:17am
OPENING TODAY...

Adorning the Sky
Manchester Art Gallery Shop,
M2 3JL

In June 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the 1st woman in space. Later in 2013 China will send a spacecraft to the moon. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1st woman in space & China's lunar plans, 16 members of Manchester's Jewellers Network have each created a new range of jewellery.

www.manchesterjewellersnetwork.org
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 22, 2013 at 4:53pm
Mark Fenn is starting the ACJ Kent regional group and that anyone interested in joining should contact him at mark@markfenn.co.uk?
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on May 22, 2013 at 4:52pm
Mark Fenn is starting the ACJ Kent regional group and that anyone interested in joining should contact him at mark@markfenn.co.uk?
 

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