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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"Disbelief" over plans to remove crafts from UK creative industries_ Dezeen Magazine

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 8:49am
Become a presenter at the February 20th PechaKucha Portland Global Night

100+ cities around the world, including Portland will be holding a PechaKucha Night on February 20, 2015.
The theme is "Design in Your City" and we want to hear what that means to you!

Deadline to submit is Monday January 26th.

All you need to do to submit is send in your:
email us

PechaKucha Nights, which are devised and shared by Klein Dytham architecture, are informal and fun
gatherings for everyone to share their ideas, work and thoughts on just about any subject matter.
The catch? Stories are told using a rapid pace presentation format of 20 images × 20 seconds.
For more info:

PechaKucha Portland Global Night
Friday February 20, 2015
121 Center Street
Portland, ME
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 8:17am
Materials Library Evening
Date: Tuesday 17th February 2015
Time: 6:30am-8:00pm
Booking opens 3rd February at 7pm: Book here
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
It's free, however, space is limited.

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

The evening will include a presentation on the History of Glass by Director Mark Miodownik and the chance to do experimental glass making with the founders of Cooking Objects. The evening will also include opportunities for hands-on engagement with the Materials Library Collection and material consultancy with the Institute of Making directors.
More info: here
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 8:15am
We would like to invite you to a research seminar titled Hidden Histories of Things.

Date: Monday 26th January 2015
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
Booking opens 13th January at 6pm: Book here
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
It's free, however, space is limited.
Are you interested in the fascinating hidden histories of things as diverse as turpentine, pesticides, seaweed, apples and red squirrels?
This event, co-organised by the Open University’s Commodity Histories Project and the Institute of Making, brings together an international group of researchers who focus on peoples’ relationships with the non-human throughout history. Discussion will focus on methods for interrogating the non-human and will explore what histories of materials, objects, animals and plants can reveal about their contemporary workings and future potentialities.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 8:11am
Andrew will be once more demonstrating tools at this years Jewellery and Watch Show in the NEC in Birmingham. The show runs from Sunday 1st February to Thursday 5th February.

The Suttons Tools stand is in Hall 17 Stand T60. Come along and say hello and have a chat with him. It's always a pleasure to chat with At The Bench members. For more information on the Jewellery & Watch Fair and Sutton Tools click the banners.

This week there are 4 films going live with the second out of 3 Webcast films that Andrew broadcast in December last year. The new series of manufacturing a Sister Hook also starts this week.

You may notice a couple of differences in the Sister Hook film, one is the new intro graphics and the second is Andrew's excess of facial hair. Andrew is undecided as to whether he will keep the moustache and beard so let him know what you think of it on our Facebook page HERE

My kindest regards
Andrew and the At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 8:09am
Do you ever try to imagine someone in their workspace? Someone who you may never have met and certainly never visited? AJF does. So we thought it would be interesting to publish an online series on work environments, not only for artists, but also for curators, collectors, writers, etc. The series will be called Work Spaces.

If you want to participate please send the following to Susan Cummins:

Susan Cummins' work space,
photo: Susan Cummins
A photograph (see example from Susan's space) of your bench, desk, room, computer, etc. By sending this photo, you will be giving us permission to use it on the website. Please don't send photos of pieces, portraits, or anything else besides your space and how you use it.
A short (less than 200 words) paragraph describing what is in the photo and how it relates to your process.
Your website address.
The city and country you live in.
This is a completely open and ongoing series so if you want to pass it along to others, please do, but if you want to be the first up on the website, get yours in asap.

AJF looks forward to seeing where you work!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:47am
IJL 2015 will celebrate the 60th anniversary!

As the year progresses we will have lots of new features and highlights to share so watch this space! Registration will be open from May 2015.

KickStart 2015

Our KickStart competition is open to all emerging designers who have been trading for less than 5 years. Do you know anyone looking for a platform to launch their brand and gain valuable exposure in the jewellery industry? Our initiative supported by the BJA could be just right!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:44am
5 reasons to visit Material Xperience

Are you coming to discover the newest materials at Material Xperience? The theme this year is ‘The Five Senses’.

Together with our partners, this theme will explore materials and objects that engage your sense of smell, light up when you hold them, are irresistible to the touch, respond to your body movement and offer the most beautiful acoustic solutions – in short, all your senses will be stimulated! Further to this, international experts will lecture about the influences the five senses have on great design and materiality within office, hospitality, retail, healthcare and school environments.

Haven't registered yet for free entry? Here are 5 great reasons to do so. Come to Material Xperience from 9-13 February 2015.
We look forward to seeing you!

FREE entrance ticket (value € 35)
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:31am
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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 17, 2015 at 7:24am
Have you signed up to CRAFT&DESIGN yet? Maybe this year?

Happy New Year - and welcome to our January Newsletter.

Did you know that craft skills generate a huge £3.4billion for the UK economy?!

Download your free Newsletter now to find out more.

Be sure not to miss out on all the latest news about our 2015 Selected Maker Awards, Craft Courses & Workshops, Galleries and Exhibitions, Calls for Entries for designer makers, plus information about major Fairs and Shows both here and in Germany.

There's the chance to work as an assistant to a professional jeweller, we have a unique offer for a very special book, plus.... an exclusive Give Away for craft&design magazine subscribers!

Very best wishes for a successful 2015

Angie & Paul and the craft&design team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on January 9, 2015 at 6:12am

6 creative exercises to celebrate the end of 2014

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At the end of the year it’s a natural process to want to review what happened, and sometimes more importantly what didn’t happen. It’s often a quieter time, a time of reflection.

And before you start creating new plans for the New Year it’s good to take stock of where you are, good to have a clear out but also to celebrate the previous year.

Many creatives consistently want to improve, always have new ideas, it can always be better, it’s never good enough, constantly moving on to the next project (before the last one is finished even), always moving the goal posts.

I invite you to celebrate 2014, to stand still for a moment, to be proud of what you did (especially if it’s not been a great year!)

Want to join in with the celebrations?

1. The-Design-Trust-New-Years’-card-c**-creative-business-planner

TDT Xmas card 2014 4I haven’t sent out Christmas card for years, but this year I decided to work together with letterpress designer Rachel Stanner of Prickle Press in London to create a little keep sake for all our Business Club members, partners and other friends.

Just before Christmas 250 ‘cards’ were send out all over the UK and abroad (as far as LA and Australia!). The card folds open and asks questions such as:

    What are your 3 core values for 2015? (Options include: productive, colourful, playful, traditional, collaborative, authentic, zestful, risky, kind, poetic, refreshing, easy, noisy, magical to hungry!)
    What was the best and worst thing about your life & business in 2014?
    What was the biggest lesson?
    What do you need to rant about to move on to 2015?
    What do you want more of in 2015? What do you want to have less of?
    What do you want to achieve by 31 December 2015? Salary, turnover, hours working per week, holidays, new clients, new products or services, new collaborations & partnerships, new challenges & adventures, professional development & training?

Get into action:

Did you get one of our cards in the post? Then please share your dreams, goals and rants with us on our Facebook page here (and if you didn’t you still can get involved!).

And ALL our Business Club members can also become involved with our first Business Club Challenge of the year: 3 punchy online sessions on 3 consecutive Sunday evenings in January to plan the year ahead.

Want to become a Design Trust Business Club member and get access to over 70h of online training? You can find out more info about our membership here.

2. 99 things you learnt this year

I love making lists! What’s interesting with creating extra-long lists is that often you start with your automatic response. The more interesting ideas and revelations come up at the end of the list!

So what about creating a list with …

    49 things you are grateful for
    33 things you are proud of
    88 people that helped you this year
    89 people you helped this year

Get into action:

Get yourself a lovely notebook and just start writing down and keep going! What were the people and events that really mattered in 2014?

3. Your year overview

Sending our New Year’s card to all our Business Club members, partners and friends was a great way to review the year: the people I met and had worked with, the events I spoke at or attended, the places I visited (for the first time).

...go to link for more


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