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

Tags: Council, Crafts, industries, creative, Crafts

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 15, 2015 at 9:45am
Whether kinky or super smooth, metal can be an unconventional yet beautiful material for facades, walls or floor coverings.

Check out the versatility of metal as a design material below along with
more material highlights from the week

Team Materia
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 15, 2015 at 9:36am
Crafts Council Maker Directory

The Crafts Council is launching a new Maker Directory and maker sign-up starts today.

The Directory is an attractive, easy-to-use and designed with an excellent, intuitive search function allowing people to find makers, selected by the Crafts Council, across the UK by name, work, location and discipline.

We are still developing the user interface to the Maker Directory but you can see the following pages: search results by Project; search results by Maker; Project page; and Maker profile page
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 15, 2015 at 9:32am

are now on sale for COLLECT, which returns to the Saatchi Gallery, London from Friday 8 May - Monday 11 May 2015.

The fair is a chance to buy world-class, museum-quality contemporary craft from 35 international galleries each representing established and emerging artists.

Alongside these eminent galleries the fair will feature COLLECT Open, a space created for artists to explore new ideas, and a preview of the latest Crafts Council Touring Exhibition I AM HERE. There will also be a programme of talks from curators, gallerists and many of the exhibiting artists.

We’re recruiting volunteers to work at COLLECT 2015. If you’re interested in being part of the fair, apply online.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 15, 2015 at 9:31am
The Acts of Making festival opened in Gateshead. There'll be lots of events happening at The Shipley Art Gallery and around Gateshead until the 21 March including a skate jam, i-Log workshops and the chance to be a part of a global archive photography project.

We would like you to be part of the festival. Show us what you've seen and share your photos and comments about the festival via #Acts of Making
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 14, 2015 at 2:11pm
Tick Tock!
Deadline to apply for the GNCCF
is Monday 16th March.

Interesting Fact

75% of makers apply in the last 48 hrs before a deadline.
If you've not already applied, down your tools and get to it!

For the leading craft & design event in the North!

Great Northern
Craft Fair
8-11th October 2015
Old Granada Studios Manchester

Closing date midnight March 16th.
Apply online.
"Brilliantly organised, thoroughly enjoyed the event, fab venue, great sales and fantastic social media exposure for my business" 2014 exhibitor

In 2015 we're building on the solid foundation developed over the past 7 years adding new and inspiring experiences including Atelier - pop up studios, interactive installations, maker and curator talks and films on making.

Stands from £375.

Exhibitor package:

National & regional press campaign with emphasis on makers and their work.
Extensive maker profile promotion via social media.
Printed & digital promotional materials to send to your networks.
GNCCF website listing with image and maker info.
full colour image, description and contact details in show catalogue given to all visitors.
Extensive maker profile promotion via social media.
Complimentary passes to the show for your guests.
Exhibitor awards.
White plywood 2x1.5m stand.
2 spotlights.
Fascia board with your name.
Exhibitor storage area.
Discount exhibitor car parking.
Exhibitor discount in on site cafe-bar.
24 hour security.
Easy access parking for set up and breakdown including helpers.
Shared applications from two makers welcome. For further details, application guidelines and to apply on line please visit

The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is organised by Great Northern Events, a not for profit organisation, which champions contemporary craft in the North through promoting designer-makers and engaging new audiences of buyers and collectors.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 14, 2015 at 2:05pm
Cornwall Design Fair
Invitation to Apply

Applications are now available for designers showcasing furniture, interior products, lighting, ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and fashion accessories. The show is open to designers from across the West Country and the UK.
Deadline: 31 March 2015
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 14, 2015 at 1:58pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2015 at 1:40pm

Colour Group (GB) at Omnibus in Clapham (nr Clapham Common Stn) of interest:

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 12, 2015 at 12:46pm

Why creating a collection is so important, and how to do it successfully (with step-by-step exercise)

Written By Patricia 2 Comments

Many designer makers just create products that they like, launching them on their website or Etsy shop when they are finished.

They often keep adding more and more products as they go, creating an ever growing collection of products. Even, or sometimes especially (!), if they don’t sell much they keep adding more and more … creating an enormous monster of a collection.
To be honest … that’s a very ineffective way of working.

Creating a small, but well-thought-out collection of 5 – 8 products that work well together is one of the most important actions you can do if you want to be successful as a designer maker.

Why is creating a collection so important?

It will help you and your business in many different aspects of your creative business:
1. Think before you start

Of course … it is very tempting to create something immediately when an idea pops up in your head!

But if you research what your dream clients really want and need, when they are most likely to buy and how much they want to pay then you can save yourself a lot of time, money and stress creating unwanted products.

If you plan ahead you will quickly see when the best times are in the year to do your research and development, when to create new products, and when to launch them. Instead of being overwhelmed and juggle making, marketing and calling suppliers at any one time, you can group your activities together more efficiently and effectively in specific periods of the year.

If you take the time to research your dream clients, their needs and wants, then you can develop creative solutions with more interesting product ideas that your clients will be interested in. Instead of producing just another printed cushion with a fox or owl (ouch!), you start creating products or services that fit your clients’ life and lifestyle …

Lighting that is beautiful and luxurious, creating a lovely atmosphere.

Functional but soft leather hand-stitched bags specifically designed for architects or lawyers with loads of handy pockets.

Wonderfully soft and generous scarves in colourful silks.

Instead of having to think about ‘what comes next’, you will know what your clients are looking for. And once they have bought from you, your clients often will come back again and again. That’s what you need to build a successful creative business.

If you need to outsource production then it works much better if you get a larger order together in one go, then ordering many times a year. Most manufacturers won’t accept small orders anyway.

You can work with the flow of the market and sell more and much easier. Launching new collections during key buying periods (such as September for Christmas) will add more buzz and excitement (not least for yourself!) and can attract much more (buyer’s and press) attention than adding new items throughout the year.
2. Create a clear story & confident brand

A small but focused collection revolving around a singular concept or theme will express your style and story in a much more confident and attractive way.

Pruning all your ideas into a focused group of products will express your talents better and attract buyers. Having loads of products out there will often confuse potential buyers, and will cost you a lot of time, money and energy.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on March 10, 2015 at 4:40pm
Working in jewellery design

Diana Porter runs a successful jewellery business from her shop and workroom in Bristol. She describes how she got started in jewellery design and challenges of running a jewellery business.

Items from Diana's collection are stocked in over 40 shops and galleries throughout the UK. Items from Diana's collection are stocked in over 40 shops and galleries throughout the UK.
Diana discovered jewellery design later in life. Her passion emerged in an adult education class, leading her to study full time for a BA (Hons) at UCE in Birmingham.

"Doing a part-time jewellery course completely focused me. I loved the way that metal moved."
She scooped the UK Jewellery Designer of the Year title just six years after graduating. She now employs a workforce of 14, and items from her collection are stocked in over 40 shops and galleries throughout the UK.

Diana’s accolades include the seal of approval from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and she is included in their prestigious ‘Who’s Who in Gold and Silver’ list.

Prior to setting up her business, Diana had a varied career – as a teacher, actor and arts administrator running theatre groups. But she always wanted to develop her personal creativity, in particular making three-dimensional things.

Studying jewellery design
Diana says, “Doing a part-time jewellery course as an introduction to the discipline completely focused me. I loved the way that metal moved and I became absorbed by making little sculptural things.

"I just wanted to do it all the time, so I chose to study Jewellery Design. My design awareness and ability developed dramatically while I was at university. It was three years to take stock and create.

"As students we were presented with numerous design projects - and so I was pushed to develop my skills. The facilities available are vast and allow you to really experiment with different methods and techniques of jewellery making.

"My design awareness and ability developed dramatically at university. It was three years to take stock and create."
"I also learned a great deal about the history of art and design, which I loved. I would encourage anyone involved in design, to study at as high a level as possible.”

Diana advises that, “there a number of excellent courses on offer now, each with a different style of teaching.

"Do your research thoroughly to find ........

.....see link to read rest.

5 tips for building a career in jewellery
1. Learn as much as you can
"Maybe an HND or equivalent to learn making techniques, followed by a degree in design, and then maybe even an MA.

2. Stand out from the competition
"The trick is to develop your design skills so you are producing unique work that you are passionate about. This communicates itself to the people who might want to buy it.

3. Perfect your making skills
"If you make one-off 'art' pieces, then you will need to charge high prices to rich people. You will probably want to teach your craft in order to make a living.

4. Make your work affordable
"There are various ways of reproducing your work, as I do, to achieve a limited production collection, which is then more affordable. Some of my fellow designers get their collections made abroad, but this is not something I am interested in doing.

5. Get some experience of the business
"Setting up a business in this current climate will not be easy. I would certainly recommend work experience in all aspects of the trade. This can only be a huge advantage to pursuing a career as a jewellery designer-maker

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