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 29, 2013 at 12:03pm
Our latest newsletter is ready and waiting for you to download, all absolutely free of charge!

Download September Newsletter

Read the latest from the powers-that-be on how they might support craft skills training, together with news about some great places where you can learn a craft now, whilst the government is still deliberating! Plus opportunities and open studios, stunning shows and events, excellent exhibitions and some amazingly skilled designer makers.

Please do email us if you'd like to be considered for inclusion in our next Newsletter, which is due for release towards the end of November.

With best wishes

Angie & Paul Boyer

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 29, 2013 at 12:01pm
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and
resourcefulness! It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of
all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, September 28th
Museum L-A/ Bates Mill Atrium
10am – 4pm

Ages 12 and under get in FREE!
13-17 year olds $5
18 and over $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Be sure to register early to save money and avoid waiting in line on the day of the Faire!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 27, 2013 at 4:07am

Made By Ore News

Welcome to our NEW newsletter! We've been super busy in the studio and have lots of exciting news to share with you!

First up is our latest project in collaboration with the London Bike Kitchen is our new Bicycle Head Badge workshop. Customise your bike frame by designing and making your very own head badge, the course includes an introduction to silversmithing where you will learn all the skills you need to create your own metal head badge.

Bicycle Head Badge workshop £85 (LBK members recieve a £10 discount)

Saturday 2 November One All-day class 10am-5pm or
Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November (two evening classes) 6.30-9pm

Second up is that we are delighted to be a contender in the Best of Hackney lineup for best independent Arts and Culture business in Hackney! We need your support!


Last but definitely not least we still have some spaces for our
Autumn Jewellery workshops:

(for three evenings including materials)
Wednesday 6, 13, 20 Nov
Wednesday 4, 11, 17 Dec

Saturday 12 Oct 10am-5pm

Saturday 19 Nov 10am-5pm

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 25, 2013 at 2:37am
Art Jewelry Forum Launches In-Depth Book on Contemporary Jewelry
Distinguished International Writers Contribute to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective

"A scholarly, thoughtful, and serious compendium of thinking about contemporary jewelry, from uncovering its origins to considering its definition among the do-it-yourself trend ... A tome for the eclectic reader and fan of today's artistry in jewelry." Booklist

Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) announces the publication of Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, the organization's most ambitious project to date. Art Jewelry Forum produced the hardcover survey of contemporary jewelry with Lark Books, an internationally recognized publishing imprint specializing in contemporary craft. Notable writers from all parts of the globe offer their informed opinions and perspectives on questions such as: "What is contemporary jewelry?," "What is the history of this medium?," and "How do different cultures approach art jewelry?" This book answers all those questions and the authors' insights are supported by hundreds of color photographs documenting the diversity and vitality of contemporary jewelry. Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective is essential reading for passionate art, craft, design, and fashion enthusiasts as well as anyone curious about jewelry.

Contemporary jewelry has been an international practice for the better part of 70 years, yet few publications have examined the field with scholastic rigor. Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective is the authoritative text the worldwide community has been eagerly awaiting, and consensus is that the book exceeds all expectations. Art Jewelry Forum's reputation as the pacesetter for academic writing on contemporary jewelry attracted the most profound and original thinkers on the subject. Their contributions reflect well-informed and unique points of view that endorse and intensify contemporary jewelry's seat in the academic arena.

A "Speakers Tour" in support of Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective is now in progress. Art museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions across the United States are hosting presentations and workshops with many of the book's contributing writers. The Speakers Tour itinerary and event details are available now.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 22, 2013 at 11:55am
East/West: The Hammered Metal Object

September 20 - October 27, 2013

Metalsmithing in the U.S. and Japan
Bringing together the work of highly skilled makers from two unique traditions of metal art, this cross-cultural event offers an opportunity to view and study the intricacies of this ancient art form.

To purchase an exhibition catalog go to: East / West: The Hammered Metal Object

Participating artists:
Taro Akai, Candace Beardslee, Danielle Crissman, Bill Dawson, Catherine Grisez, David Hanson, Satoshi Hara, David Huang, Kayo Kasamatsu, Kazuo Kashima, Akinori Matsuda, Machiko Maeda, Tadashi & Ryota Nishikata, Miel-Margarita Paredes, Amy Ruedinger, Momoko Okada Sanderson, Tabitha Taraya, John WIrth, Greg Wilbur, Kumi Yabuuchi, Mizuko Yamada
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 22, 2013 at 11:49am
With London Design Week, TENT London, Goldsmith's and MADE London just around the corner, the capital city is preparing for a craft and design storm! So you already know about the biggies, but if you fancy a little peace and quiet or just something a bit different use our Find Craft search to source smaller galleries and events. In fact, wherever you are in the UK, give it a go and see where it takes you. We’d love to know what you get up to. Let us know via twitter or facebook.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 21, 2013 at 4:43am
You may have noticed that all this week we have been giving away lots of goodies on our At The Bench page on Facebook. Books, apron and memberships have all been up for grabs. With just 2 days left there is still time for you to win an Exclusive At The Bench apron. All you need to do is visit our At The Bench Page on Facebook and follow the instructions on our latest post.

Filming is starting on our enamelling, wax carving and lost wax carving films next week, so look out for the start of these films going live in a few weeks time.

Have a great week.

Andrew and the At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 19, 2013 at 2:19pm
save the date – November 1 – to preview the results of an exciting national research study CERF+ conducted with craft artists and organizations on the current status of professional craft artists in the United States.

Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists, CERF+’s 2013 survey of 3,500 American craft artists, examines attitudes about craft trends, sales and income, insurance, emergency preparation and recovery, and plans for their legacy. It also provides updates and comparison data with our 2004 national research study. On November 1, we’ll report on these findings at SOFA CHICAGO.

We hope to use information learned from this report to help us strengthen and sustain the careers of professional craft artists throughout our nation. We believe this will also serve to enlighten the craft field and arts sector as a whole about the needs, challenges, and opportunities craft artists face as they work to sustain their careers.

I hope you’ll join us to hear a summary of the results of this important national research project on American craft artists.

When: Friday, November 1, 2013, at 2 p.m.
Room 322
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Who: CERF+
Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources
Sustaining Careers: A Study of the Status of U.S. Craft Artists

Sincerely yours,

Cornelia Carey
Executive Director

Funding for this project was provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Craft Organization Development Association.

The survey was conducted in association with Dreeszen & Associates.

How CERF+ helps. CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources) offers direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as: health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ develops, promotes, and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery that benefit all artists. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports craft artists’ careers. CERF+ is working with partner organizations to build a better safety net for artists across the United States. To learn more about our work visit: and
Comment by Brigitte Martin on September 16, 2013 at 5:33pm

UK Crafts Council:

We are looking for a Creative Programmes Director to lead the department in the delivery of new, high quality professional and public programmes. These programmes support and profile craft regionally, nationally and internationally, and are delivered in partnership with a wide range of organisations and agencies.

The Crafts Council is the national agency for the development, support and promotion of contemporary craft.

We are in an exciting new period, developing the next generation of initiatives to support contemporary craft and with the public’s interest in making never more popular.

For more information about the role and how to apply please click on the button link below

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 16, 2013 at 4:26pm
CRAFT:Redefining Handmade
Application Deadline 30th September 2013

Co- Located with Home and Top Drawer, the highly successful homeware, interiors and gift shows, will present a celebration of handmade in January 2014, with the launch of a new trade show CRAFT.

Featuring the work of 100 designer makers, all vetted by jury, the event will embrace exhibitors from all disciplines from basketry to textile arts, working in both traditional and contemporary idioms.

Apply to Exhibit
Applications are invited from designer makers working in the following areas:
fashion design & accessories, interior design and accessories, glass, jewellery, furniture, stationary, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, prints and etchings.

Apply Now
We are now taking applications. With 75 leading makers having already been selected to take part in the prestigious new event, the final selection meeting will take place on 30th September.
Places are limited so apply now.

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2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Recipient

Crafthaus is pleased to announce that Leisa Rich's project "Invisible:VisAble" garnered 968 votes of 2,575 total votes cast (37.59%) and is the 2014 Crafthaus Project Grant Winner.

Starting in November, we all look forward to following Leisa's crafthaus blog about her project.

Thank you to everyone who voted. Much success for all projects!

View all voting results.

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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!

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