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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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 November 14, 2014 at 5:28pm
The competition has two categories: Jewelry and Objects. All entries must be originally created by the entrant, and metallic material should be the core of the entries. The competition results will be published in an electronic book, while the prize winning artworks will be exhibited in the Exhibition of “2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition.”
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 5:25pm
Regulars to At The Bench will remember the live webcasts we broadcast once a month. We we are starting them back up in the New Year. We will be going over the basics again, this being how to choose the right piercing saw and how to pierce. Soldering and the various techniques involved and many more. What we are asking of you is to ask us questions that we can answer live on air. Anything you want as long as it's jewellery related. Just email us HERE with your questions. Perhaps you have a problem with soldering fine wire. Is a pendant motor worth its money? What burrs and polishing mops do I need? I have trouble getting a successful casting using Delft Clay.

Email us anything you want because if you have a question I bet somone else has exactly the same question too but is afraid to ask. So ask away even if it sounds trivial.....we want to help you in a way that no book or magazine can. You will be able to watch Andrew, live and ask questions dusing the Webcasts too.

And best of all, all of our Webcast are totally FREE so look out on Twitter and Facebook in the New Year for details and encourage your friends to watch too. You don't even have to be a members of At The Bench, so spread the word. There will be FREE giveaways too, At The Bench aprons, mugs, books.......

Have a great weekend everyone.
Andrew and the At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 14, 2014 at 4:10am

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2014 at 4:21pm
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 11, 2014 at 1:11am
Our Future is in the Making #FutureinMaking

We're launching an Education Manifesto for Craft and Making this afternoon at the House of Commons, backed by Grayson Perry, Kirstie Allsopp, Kevin McCloud and many more.

Read the manifesto, designed by Anthony Burrill:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 10, 2014 at 4:41pm

Five Finalists Named for Top American Prize

Mill Valley, California, November 10, 2014--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2014 AJF Artist Award for emerging artists. One winner will be selected from this short list and announced in December 2014. Applications were received from 123 artists in 27 countries. Criteria used in the judging were originality, depth of concept, and quality of crafts-manship. The criteria were revised this year to include emerging as well as young artists under 35. Jurors for the 2013 competition were Carin Reinders, director of CODA, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and collector of contemporary jewelry; and Sooyeon Kim, jeweler and recipient of the 2013 AJF Artist Award. Jurors met in October and selected the following five finalists for the 2014 AJF Artist Award:
Attai Chen, Benedikt Fischer, Lauren Kalman, Heejoo Kim, and Seulgi Kwon.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2014 at 12:21pm
The House of Fairy Tales are looking for artists to be part of our Winterville Make It Market this December.

Make it Market:
In our tent there will be a space for you to bring a suitcase of products up to 1m width.
Your suitcase can be any size and shape within the meter; pockets, sleeves, extendable arms, legs, a second hand inspector gadget suitcase. Whatever you want it to be!

Make it Workshops:
All participants should be prepared to teach your skills in a quick making demo for families to help increase your sales.

Rules of the Game:
All goods for sale must be ‘ethically’ made preferably handmade with no exploitative labour, and ideally locally sourced.
The price range of the goods for sale must includes affordable gifts with no price limit at the higher end.
Its a family show, so keep it clean and friendly.

Dates: 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 December
Opening Times: 10am - 7pm
Location: Victoria Park, Hackney London
Fee: £100
The one off fee gives you the opportunity to sell for all 8 days, it is the same for just one weekend or one day.
Priority will be given to artists who are available for all of the days.

How to apply:
Download a application form from our website. Complete and email Vicky:
[e] asap.

The House of Fairy Tales is a charity that supports artists and inspires creativity in children.

Deadline: Sunday 30 November 2014
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2014 at 12:15pm
Be part of the British jewellery designer showcase stand at Inhorgenta Munich 2015, limited space available!

Inhorgenta, Munich is recognised as the leading European trade exhibition for fine and designer jewellery, with around 1100 exhibitors and more than 34,000 trade visitors. With a strong focus on contemporary design, it is a magnet for gallery and specialist jewellery buyers from a number of European markets – almost 30% of its trade visitors come from outside Germany – and provides an excellent opportunity for jewellery designers and designer-makers to take their first steps into international markets.

British Jewellery & Giftware International (BJGI), on behalf of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is organising a showcase stand at Inhorgenta 2015 for jewellery designers and designer-makers. Participating designers will exhibit as part of a supported group, and display product samples on a shared stand. British Jewellery & Giftware International and UKTI will provide briefing and support pre-event, including advice on how to prepare for overseas sales. This offer is part-financed through UK Trade & Investment.

The package includes:
• Shared use of showcase stand in Hall C2, (Hall of Fine Design)
• Registration as a co-exhibitor at Inhorgenta and basic catalogue / media entry
• Freestanding display plinth (open access) and overhead illumination
• One exhibitor pass
• Entry in BJGI group brochure
• Name on plinth
• Shared use of interpreter
• Use of back-office, including safe storage, internet facilities and refreshments
• Onsite support from BJGI representative before, and during the show
• Pre-event briefing
• Pre-event advice and preparation from BJGI

Package price:
£750.00 +VAT for members of British Jewellery & Giftware International
£830.00 +VAT for BJA members
£875.00 +VAT for non members
£100.00 + VAT for corner surcharge
Note: This project is part-financed by UK Trade & Investment.

To receive further information, please contact Taran Thabal on:
[t] 0121 237 1114 or email:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2014 at 12:13pm
South Hill Park Arts Centre, based in an 18th Century mansion in Bracknell, requires an Artist in Residence to teach Jewellery & Silversmithing courses and workshops and assist in the managing of our well-equipped specialist studio. The Artist in Residence will have access to the studio outside teaching hours in order to develop their own work.
We require a candidate who is inspiring, enthusiastic and an energetic teacher in order to support our dedicated, talented and experienced students. We currently run regular, ten week Jewellery & Silversmithing and are looking for a resident who would be available to teach courses whilst offering occasional weekend specialist workshops.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 9, 2014 at 9:49am

Caroline Gore …mercurial silence…

November 5-30, 2014
Caroline Gore’s recent series …mercurial silence… is the culmination of an investigation of how grief and loss manifest in society. This body of work considers comparative meanings sought through the multidisciplinary research of historical jewelry, Roman myth, photographic materials, and functional/sculptural objects as they relate to commonalities across human experience.

With an undergraduate degree in Crafts (jewelry focus) from Virginia Commonwealth University and a graduate degree in Metal Design from East Carolina University, Gore is known on a national level for her expansive and thought provoking studio practice. Ranging from small-scale wearable pieces to multimedia sculptural installations, large scale drawings, and conceptual photographic objects, Gore’s work be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Racine Art Museum, and numerous private collections. Her jewelry has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across the US, in addition to publications such as Metalsmith Magazine and the 500 series books published by Lark Books. The artist currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jewelry/Metals in the Craft & Material Studies program at The University of the Arts.


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