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
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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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What would you like to read or write about?

Started by Rebecca Skeels. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels Jul 12. 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 August 7, 2015 at 5:10pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 3, 2015 at 8:53am
Next Date: Tuesday 25th August from 1-3pm.
At Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Rd, Leigh Park, Havant, Hants, PO9 5BN

Making Space organises a Makers Networking Lunch six times a year. These bi-monthly lunches provide local creative artists and makers an opportunity to meet other makers in the area, seek advice, chat through ideas, share knowledge and just get out of the studio for an afternoon.

The networking lunches are free to attend and there is no need to book a place, just turn up and bring a dish to share. Making Space will provide tea, coffee and other soft drinks.

A couple of photos taken at the last Makers Networking Lunch.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 3, 2015 at 8:48am
Made In Clerkenwell (26-29 November)
An Open Studio event organised by Craft Central

Join us! A Call for Applications
Deadline: 5pm on Mon 10 Aug 2015

Click here for full application information / Join the Craft Central Network of makers to be eligible to apply / Find out more about Made in Clerkenwell here

We are pleased to announce that Made in Clerkenwell will once again take place across 3 buildings in Clerkenwell, with over 100 designers taking part in our bi-annual open studios event. The show attracts around 1700-2300 visitors, making it an ideal opportunity to sell work directly to the public as well as to meet buyers and press.

Thanks to the success of last year's show, we are happy to once again be partnering with The Goldsmiths' Centre. Applicants selected to exhibit at this venue will have an additional showcasing opportunity for their work - they will be invited to take part in the Goldsmiths' Centre's popular Christmas Advent Cabinet display.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 3, 2015 at 8:43am
Deadline Sept.

The LEAP Award was established in 2007 in honor of SCC Director of Exhibitions Kate Lydon’s 20-years of service. The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.

The yearlong retail program features, markets and sells the work of one winner, who also receives a $1000 prize, and 6 finalists. Brigitte Martin, who is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Crafthaus, will be the guest juror for LEAP 2016.

LEAP is open to exceptionally talented graduate students and/or emerging artists who are beginning to receive recognition for their work, but are not currently represented by well-established galleries. Artists must work in craft media: ceramics, wood, metal/jewelry, glass, found materials, mixed media, fiber or a combination of these materials.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:53am
Assistant retail manager
Join this highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day operations
£18-22k p.a. according to age and experience
Application deadline: August 31st 2015
We are looking for an Assistant Retail Manager to join its highly creative team, helping to ensure the smooth running of all day to day and customer-facing operations in our award winning 3000 sq.ft. luxury retail destination in the Hertfordshire countryside.

The role will suit you if you are looking to take the next step in your retail career and interested in extending beyond straightforward retail sales, into areas of responsibility such as maintaining luxury showroom standards, visual merchandising, managing our hospitality area (coffee & cakes) and assisting with marketing efforts surrounding the customer experience and relationship management etc.

You'll be customer focused and sales driven: although footfall is not extensive, the bespoke nature of the business means you'll be offering an exceptional level of service to each and every customer.

In addition, there will be line management duties as you will have a small team of studio support staff as a direct report, so experience of team management would be a bonus.

The ideal applicant will have a retail /sales background (preferably in the luxury arena). Visual merchandising experience / ability is strongly favoured. He/she will be a stickler for detail and committed to exceeding customer expectation at every point. They will be one of the first point of contact for the company and, as such, must have high standards of personal presentation, be outgoing, confident and an excellent communicator.

Salary band: £18-22k p.a. according to age and experience

Hours: 9.30am – 6pm, 5 days per week (to include Saturdays)

Send a covering letter and CV to

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:51am
Hello All,
I am writing to let you know that although two of my three fall home classes are full, I do have a few seats left in the Carved Bracelet with PMC Adornment class from Oct 2-5. This class combines creating and carving polymer bracelets with ring making techniques for a range of PMC adornments. There is more information on the website:

Please email me to hold your spot in the class.

I hope to see you!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:48am
In 2006 we started to being totally dedicated to SIERAAD, based in Amsterdam. For the participants this results in an increase in sales of 33%. And many many more visitors. The first anniversary of the fair was celebrated with the launch of some new traditions: the thematic international design contest New Traditional Jewellery and presentations by the jewellery design sections of international art academies.
Since 2008 the Fair takes place in a Gasholder on the Westergasterrein: our Jewellery Art Fair in a jewel of a building. Participants, there are well over 70 stands, are inspired by the hall, literally and figuratively, in the way the stands are fitted up more beautifully every time.

Astrid Berens and Maarten Bodt, founders of Sieraad. Photo by Arjen Veldt.

Coming back to the present, which are the challenges for this year?
Each year is a challenge, to have a fair which is worth visiting, we want people to be surprised to get motivated to buy. There are three groups visiting SIERAAD: the visitors; over 6800-7400 loving jewellery consumers. The professionals, the business contacts and people from the cultural world (galerists, shops) and the press, stylists, journalists... etc.

What should expect a visitor for the first time ever? To be surprised about the different kind of jewellery possible.

Could you recommend us something we shouldn’t miss this year at SIERAAD Art Fair?
We have a few stands with groups of designers, one of them will be the Greek stand; In accordance to the present mayor economic crisis in Greece, the displays at ‘Myths 2015’ were made of cardboard-boxes, wood, tinfoil and fluorescent tubes. Loukia Richards, one of the members, has said this is a time for them to be modest.
The Taiwanese jewellers united in Bench 886 will convert one wall according to the sushi-belt-principle: covered with little bags with jewellery for 3 different but very affordable prices. Take (it) away so to speak!
Of course we have as always many young designers who left school no more 3 years ago.

What do you think about the actual state of jewellery?
We think there’s a lot of difference in countries like The Netherlands, Germany, England, Belgium and so on….We see some really renewing pieces and we see so much which has already been done (like in all other branches as well).
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:38am
Symposium: The Stuff of Memory

SAT 3 OCT, 10.30–17.30

Memory is an imaginative and creative process, not a static repository. But what role does 'stuff' play in the act of remembering? How can memory be talked about in material terms? From neurons to possessions and public memorials, this symposium will examine the relationship between memory, materiality and objects through a full day of talks and discussions.

This will be preceded by a free Friday evening of performances.,15FQ,KRZM5,2V...
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:35am
Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects


Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are on display at Wellcome Collection. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating glistening landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. Each piece is an exploration and act of memory.
The exhibition also features an immersive experience, ‘the Studio’, extending the creative process of the artist’s practice into the gallery. Visitors can spend time mummifying a 1967 Ford Mustang and other smaller objects with copper wire, creating an atmosphere that is at once meditative and communal.,15FQ,KRZM5,2V...

An accompanying book with introductory texts from curator Kate Forde and scientist Israel Rosenfield is available in the Wellcome Shop for £14.99. A limited edition box set comprising a unique Alice Anderson artwork (a blackboard 'mummified' in copper wire) with a cloth-bound book is also available. Please enquire in the Wellcome Shop for more details.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 2, 2015 at 9:33am
s traditional folk crafts as enterprises across the country struggle with low profitability, high taxes and a shortage of skilled workers.

Zhostovo painted trays, Gus-Khrustalny glassware, Khokhloma painting, Gzhel porcelain and Palekh lacquer miniatures are among the dozens of Russian craft industries seeking to revive their popularity at home and abroad to fend off financial ruin.

Their decline in fortunes, which began with the collapse of the Soviet Union, now threatens the very existence of Russian traditional folk crafts, many of which have become symbols of the country.

About 50 enterprises have closed since the 1990s, said Gennady Drozhzhin, president of the Russian Folk Arts and Crafts Association. According to the Industry and Trade Ministry, around 250 remain. But with Russia now mired in economic recession, Drozhzhin said that if action is not taken immediately, all Russian crafts could disappear within five years.

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