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

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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

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 14, 2014 at 8:53am
Running art workshops
Brenda Burgess is an artist and sculptor who runs art workshops for children at Leeds Castle and various schools in Kent. She spoke about her career journey and shared advice for earning an income from art.

Brenda's work with children takes her into schools, heritage sites and museums.
Earning a living from art
"My job is split into two areas. One is creating and making. I work as an artist and portrait sculptor, often to commission. My other role is as a schools arts workshop leader and educational specialist. I have a resident role at Leeds Castle in Kent which has allowed me to expand and explore whilst still retaining the freedoms of being self-employed.

"It can be anything from travelsick children to peacocks wandering in."
"Before the birth of my eldest son, who's now an adult, I was a social worker. In my role with schools, it's amazing how useful that has been.

"Working as an artist has taken a lot of hard work, commitment and careful planning. Other forms of work often would have been easier.

If I were to start again, I wouldn't have worked in a bank when I first left school. I did it for 18 months, on my parents’ advice. I think I should have taken my education further at that point, instead of doing it later. But it made me realise what I didn’t want."

Leading an art workshop
"A day as a workshop leader can be exhausting and exhilarating in equal parts. I do this two to three days per week, depending on bookings.

"If I'm at Leeds Castle, no day is ever the same – no two sets of children are! A usual day would involve working with up to 140 children split into four one-hour groups. It's non-stop.

"I have designed the workshops with the key stage of the children and their core curriculum in mind, so they get an in-depth art experience whilst with me.

"In this job, you can expect to deal with anything, from travelsick children to peacocks wandering into the classroom and refusing – very noisily! – to leave.

"Leeds Castle has been awarded a prestigious Sandford Award for its education programme. I also work with other organisations such as Kent County Council, museums, charities, and schools (public and private).

Occasionally I work in a consultancy capacity. Other days I work on my portrait commissions. I find that one side of my work balances the other very well."

Building creative business skills
"I think that this is an industry where the work really talks to the soul, and that's why it's so difficult to get into.

"Take a business course as soon as you can. If this is going to be your life, you have to make it work as a business."
"The crucial piece of advice I'd give anyone wanting to get into it would be to take a business course as soon as you can. If this is going to be your life, you have to make it work as a business."

"I hope to keep expanding the education programme at Leeds Castle, along with expanding my consultancy work and increasing my profile as a portrait artist.

"It would help me if I could learn how to do without sleep, but as I can’t, time management becomes an important skill.

"Training, skills, contacts, networks, and professional development are all important throughout your career – and luck!"
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 11, 2014 at 4:33am

ReUCA Re-use and re-imagination for a more sustainable future
12.00 - 13.30
24th September 2014
Committee Room A
University for the Creative Arts

We have grown-up in a Linear Economy where the industrial processes of ‘take, make and dispose’ have driven economic growth and shaped our consumer lifestyles. The Linear Economy is not sustainable and with the costs of waste, materials and energy increasing globally it is clear that there needs to be radical change by business and civil society to enable the transition to a more Circular Economy, where waste is reduced or entirely eliminated. Designers and entrepreneurs have a key role in this process.

ReUCA is a lunchtime workshop that will highlight current research from The Centre for Sustainable Design ® on the role that Grassroots Innovation, Makers & Fixers and Community Workshops may have in a new post-consumer, more sustainable approach to production and consumption.

ReUCA will also introduce two exciting new initiatives: ‘Theatre of the Imagination 2’ that will have an explicit focus on Circular Economy thinking related to the reuse and transformation of waste into new concepts, products and art works; and the Farnham Repair Café, which plans to provide a free meeting place for people to network and gain help and advice on product repair and modification.

    Registration & networking (please bring your own sandwich lunch)
    Grassroots Innovation & the Circular Economy
    Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, School of Craft & Design, UCA
    Global Research on Community Workshops; Repair Cafés & Hackerspaces
    Scott Keiller, Project Manager - FUSION, The Centre for Sustainable Design ®, UCA
    Theatre of the Imagination 2
    Bob Pulley, Head, School of Craft & Design, UCA
    Farnham Repair Café
    Rob Simpson, Transition Town Farnham
    Ben Smart, Interior Design, UCA
    Open discussion

Fees & Registration

There is no charge for this event. Please email Ros Caruthers: to register your interest to attend.
Map & Directions

Please refer to the map at
Social networking

Use the social networking share buttons at the top to tell your colleagues and networks about the opportunity. If you're tweeting you may want to copy in the following: @mcharter1

For any further UK enquiries please contact:
Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
University for the Creative Arts,
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 1:44pm

COLLECT Open is a unique opportunity for individual artists to show at the Crafts Council's COLLECT fair at the Saatchi Gallery in May 2015

In 2015, COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects will once again occupy all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery from 8 - 11 May.

Alongside commercial galleries from across the globe, COLLECT offers an unique opportunity to individual artists or those working collaboratively, through COLLECT Open.

COLLECT Open, whose predecessor Project Space has been a rich addition to the fair since 2011, encourages artists to show work which challenges traditional perceptions of craft and design.

Previous exhibitors include; Laura Ellen Bacon, Elizabeth Callinicos, Matt Durran, Jilly Edwards, Louise Gardiner, Paulo Goldstein, Cleo Mussi, Hormazd Narielwalla, Freddie Robins, Daniel Widrig; and collaborations from Ptolemy Mann and Lubna Chowdhary, Sebastian Bergne and Sophie Smallhorn, Min Jeong Song and Wonseok Jung.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 1:42pm
Making Space is inviting artists and makers to submit work responding to the theme of ‘Vessels’ for a curated show.

Up to 3 submissions welcome per application.

Non refundable entry Fee – £5 per person.

Please download the forms below for more information and the application forms.

Word Doc. Application Form

PDF Application Form

(The Application forms are available as a Word Doc and a PDF. If you have any difficulty downloading them please email or and we can email them over)

Please make sure you read the information on the Application Form clearly as further information is explained.

The initial selection will be made from images so please ensure you send us some high quality images along with your application forms which clearly show the piece of work and an explanation as to why your work fits the theme of Vessels.

If your work is selected we will be in touch to ask you to arrange delivery by 10 October at the latest.

Submissions welcome between Monday 1 September and Monday 29 September 2014.

20% commission taken on any sales.

There will be a Private View on Friday 24 October from 6.30pm.

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 September 7, 2014 at 1:06pm
The Art of the Ring
August 21 - September 30, 2014

The ring has been an enduring symbol of status,power and adornment throughout the world and a source of inspiration for artists from antiquity to the present. The Art of The Ring showcases the extraordinary vision and creativity of artists, including internationally known masters in their field as well as younger and emerging talents, exploring the superb possibilities of the ring form.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:59pm

Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event

  • Extended Open Access
  • Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014
  • 11am – 5pm

We are pleased to announce that the Regional Print Centre will be taking part in this year’s Helfa Gelf /Art Trail, North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event which invites everyone to visit artists at work in their studios.

As part of the project the Regional Print Centre is opening on Saturday 6th and 20th September 2014 between 11am and 5pm.

Please come along to visit the studio, see the facilities, meet our members and see their work. Artwork will be on sale and available directly from Centre members who will be working in the space throughout the day.

For further details visit

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:57pm
We just wanted to remind you not to miss out on the 26th September deadline for the 2015 Surface Design Awards. That’s just 3 weeks away!

We had 112 entries this year from 11 different countries - a 25% increase over 2013. The winners and finalists are all highlighted on our website: All their projects received huge media coverage.

This year’s judging panel is co-chaired by Sarah Featherstone of architect’s Featherstone Young and FX Magazine’s Editor, Theresa Dowling. Their judging colleagues will be: Ralph Courteney, Jonathan Dunn Architects; Nicola Osborn, MoreySmith; Adam Richards, Adam Richards Architects; Annalie Riches, Riches Hawley Mikhail; Maria Smith, Studio Weave and Sharon Stammers, Light Collective

Entering the Awards is not complicated and there is no charge!

Don’t miss out…,2RRIP,BBDGGJ,A30R8,1
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:55pm

Mill Valley, CA, September 1, 2014--In addition to the cash award of $7500 for the winner of the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award (AJF AA), we have just arranged for the five finalists (including the winner) to show at the fabulous annual Schmuck event in Munich, Germany. Work will be displayed at either Galerie Marzee, Galerie Ra, or Platina gallery in the Frame part of the exhibition hall. This event will expose the work to a vast audience of interested people.

Susan Kempin

Susan Beech
AJF is accepting applications for its 2014 Artist Award. This is the fifteenth year that AJF will be providing a cash award to a contemporary jewelry artist. The amount of the 2014 award will remain at $7500 this year thanks to the generous support of Susan Kempin and Susan Beech, both long-time collectors and supporters of AJF.

Jurors for this year's competition are Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 award; Carin Reinders, director of the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; and Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry.

The purpose of the award is to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of an emerging jewelry artist and to help to advance the artist's career.

The competition is open to makers of wearable art jewelry who are not currently enrolled in an academic or other professional training program. Work submitted in the application must have been unsupervised, and not previously submitted for a BFA or MFA show. What has changed this year is:
Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of the application deadline (September 30, 2014)
Work must have been made between 2012 and 2014
Applicants who have applied previously must submit new work, i.e. work submitted in a prior AJF Artist Award application may not be resubmitted in the current application
Applicants may have had, or be scheduled to have, a solo exhibition
Deadline for submission is September 30, 2014. More information about the award may be found on AJF's website. Applications may be submitted at

The winner will be chosen from among five finalists. The announcement of the winner will take place during the Schmuck jewelry fair in Munich, Germany in March 2015.


Art Jewelry Forum, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization with the mission to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry by promoting education, appreciation, and support for contemporary art jewelry. The award was established in 1999 and its first recipient, Yeon-Mi Keong, received the award at the 2000 conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:52pm
250th Special Edition of Crafts magazine

As someone who is familiar with Crafts, you will know all about the in-depth and inspiring articles that the magazine provides. The 250th edition contains the usual exquisite imagery and range of articles but most importantly will include the carefully curated Fifty Moments that Changed Craft. Secure your copy now!

This unique and exceptional content will bring you insights from some of the most established, respected and thought-provoking makers and commentators in the crafts sector. Highlights include:
Glenn Adamson on the steam engines complex relationship with the handmade
Freddie Robins on the point crafts became the c-word
Edmund de Waal on Kazimir Malevich’s Teapot as ‘a manifesto for the purity of ideas’
Alison Britton on the joy of polythene
Find out more about what exhibitions, objects and tools, people, publications and events have changed the world of craft. Buy your copy now!

We anticipate that this will be a sell-out edition of Crafts magazine. Secure your copy now to avoid disappointment.

Special 250th subscription offer

Why not choose to receive Crafts for a whole year? Receive your first two issues including the 250th, absolutely free when you subscribe for a year.

We do hope you enjoy finding out more about this dynamic and vibrant sector with Crafts.

With best wishes,

Grant Gibson and Keith Grosvenor
Editor, Crafts Publisher, Crafts


250 editions of Crafts Magazine

Copyright © 2014 Crafts Council, All rights reserved.

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 7, 2014 at 12:30pm
A good few recognisable names in this years top 100

Laura Gravestock, Laura Gravestock
Fannie Schiavoni, Fannie Schiavoni
Jessica de Lotz, Jessica de Lotz
Madeleine Moxham, Moxham
Russell Lownsbrough, Waxcarving
Danila Tarcinale, Waxcarving
Ornella Iannuzzi, Ornella Iannuzzi
Vanessa Chilton, Robinson Pelham
Zoe Benyon, Robinson Pelham
Kate Pelham Burn, Robinson Pelham
Polly Wales, Polly Wales Jewellery
Imogen Belfield, Imogen Belfield
Laura Vann, V Jewellery
Duffy, Duffy Jewellery
Siobhan Maher, Domino
Natasha Bagnall, Domino
Ivonna Poplanska, Boudici London and Van Eyck Jewelry
Sarah Raffel, Brazen Studios
Babette Wasserman, Babette Wasserman

Michael Hyman, Leonard Dews Jewellers
Lee Hooson, Mococo
Maureen Hooson, Mococo
Dave Shone, Emson Haig
Pete Boyle, Argento
Vashi Dominguez,
William Craghill, Michael Jones Jewellers
Michael Aldridge, Neil & Barker, Ti Sento Manchester and Pandora St Helens
Allison Aldridge, Neil & Barker, Ti Sento Manchester and Pandora St Helens
Jeremy France, Jeremy France Jewellers
Joanna Salmond, Kohatu + Petros
Varney Polydor, Kohatu + Petros
Alice Rigby, Argos
Kirsty Vinten, Pandora UK
Roy Welsh, Market Cross Jewellers
Dawn Welsh, Market Cross Jewellers
Catalina Rosca, Lila’s
Paul Magri-Harris, Hill’s The Jewellers
Alex McMillan, Pulse Tech (UK)
Lorna McQuillan, Grace & Co
Mick McQuillan, Grace & Co
Anna Blackburn, Beaverbrooks
Tobias Kormind, 77 Diamonds
Vadim Weinig, 77 Diamonds
Vivek Khandelwal, Emdico Limited
Sanjay Khandelwal, Emdico Limited
Rachel Entwistle, Thor & Wistle
Kamilla Thorsen, Thor & Wistle

Laurence Graff OBE, Graff Diamonds
Willie Hamilton, The Company of Master Jewellers
Peter Mooney, Continental Jewellery UK
Ben Roberts, Clogau Gold
Michael Hakimian, Yoko London
John Nichols, H&T Pawnbrokers and Est1897
Mahan Lankarani, Swarovski UK
Bec Astley Clarke MBE, Astley Clarke
Sam Stevens, Hockley Mint
Poppy Elder, Hockley Mint
Steve Bennett, The Genuine Gemstone Company
Amber Atherton, My Flash Trash
Victoria McKay, London Diamond Bourse
Steven May, Maygems Ltd
Helen David, Harrods
Zoe Uhrmacher, Fossil Group UK
Peter O’Loughlin, P&A Agencies Ltd
Avis O’Loughlin, P&A Agencies Ltd
Catherine Sproule, The Responsible Jewellery Council
Nigel Simpson, Pandora UK
Peter Andersen, Pandora
David Maine, Chrysalis
Andy Maine, Chrysalis
Neil Thompson, Buckley Jewellery Sam McDermid, Bouton
Elizabeth Hunt, Allied Gold Ltd
Stephen Whittaker, Fellows Auctioneers

Mhairi McKenzie, Bonnie Bling
Ed Hole, Weston Beamor
Glen Day, Weston Beamor
Graham Dicks, GVUK Design Limited
Brian Hill, Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council
Alex Monroe, Alex Monroe
Perri Lewis, Mastered
Cheryl Adamson, Mastered
Maia Adams, Adorn Insight
Juliet Hutton-Squire, Adorn Insight
Kate Baxter, The Cut London

Arlene Katorza, I Love a Lassie
Lisa McMyn, I Love a Lassie
Jenny Llewellyn, Jenny Llewellyn
Rosie Sanders, Rosie Sanders
Kristjan Eyjolfsson FIPG, Kristjan Eyjolfsson Fine Jewellery
Filipa Oliveira, Filipa Oliveira Jewellery Design
Alexa De Castilho, Alexa De Castilho
Richard Burton, Rich-Jewellery
Amanda Gerbasi, KATTRI
Luka Pasikowski, Cardinal of London
Lily Kamper, Lily Kamper
Luke Shimell, Shimell and Madden
Emma Madden, Shimell and Madden
Monique Daniels, Monique Daniels

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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!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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