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 November 3, 2013 at 5:11am
Masterclass: Smell and the City

Booking for the Smell and the City masterclass open, there is limited space!

Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:53am
You are invited to attend an open, forum-based discussion about what taking on an apprentice or an intern could mean for your business, and how it could help you expand professionally.

Making Space is hosting two events as part of an Arts Council England funded project that aims to support Craft Apprenticeships in the South East of England.

Become part of this exciting project that will offer ten established designer-makers the opportunity to receive free, professional help in taking on an apprentice or intern and will act as a pilot for future projects.

For a more details information sheet about the project, please click here.

Discover and discuss how you can:
Be part of skilling up the next generation
Expand your business and increase production
Seek funding sources that can help you take on an apprentice or an intern.

Images: Billy Lloyd and Julian Stair.

Monday 4 November 2013
Facilitated by Frances Lord and Lynne Dick

at Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN. Please click here for a draft agenda for the day.

Tuesday 5 November 2013
Facilitated by Amanda Game and Lynne Dick

at The Panel Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s. Oxford, OX1 1BX. Please click here for a draft agenda for the day.

Guest speakers at the two events include:

Sara Whybrew; Director, Creative Employment Programme at Creative & Cultural Skills

Ceramics; Julian Stair & Billy Lloyd

Chief Excutive at Artswork, Jane Bryant

James Ryan. Designer at the Edward Barnsley Workshop

More information on these individuals will be coming soon, in the mean time, please feel free to follow the links to their own websites.

Both events run 10am – 2.30pm | FREE EVENT | Includes Lunch
As there is a limited number of seats for both of these free events booking is essentials.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:49am
Art Jewelry Forum can turn mute material into something meaningful and significant. Every art jewel has a personal story (like a pearl is the oyster's autobiography!), and AJF can unfold these stories.

Tanel Veenre
Maker and AJF member
Tallinn, Estonia

Please support us so we can keep telling the story of the jewel.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:32am
After a successful first edition, Materia will be back at the May Design Series, the London design show, in 2014.
The May Design Series is a commercial show for designers, architects and specifiers which is held, as the name suggests, every May.
Our exhibition will feature the latest materials for architecture and design. The Material Xperience on Tour format also includes a select group of partners who present their innovations on site. For more information please contact our advisor:
The May Design Series will be held from May 18 – 20, 2014 at the London ExCeL venue.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:28am
Artists in conversation
Thursday 14 November 2013, 19.00-20.30

What does it feel like to be a 'foreign body' in a medical research centre? Hear from some of the artists whose work features in the 'Foreign Bodies' exhibition as they reflect on the experience of responding to medical research. Explore the challenges, contrasts and commonalities of art and science.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 4:21am
Beating the Bounds
Grayson Perry: Playing to the Gallery: 2013 Episode 2 of 4
Duration: 42 minutes
First broadcast: Tuesday 22 October 2013
The award-winning artist Grayson Perry asks whether it is really true that anything can be art. We live in an age when many contemporary artists follow the example of Marcel Duchamp, who famously declared that a urinal was a work of art. It sometimes seems that anything qualifies, from a pile of sweets on a gallery floor to an Oscar-winning actress asleep in a box. How does the ordinary art lover decide?
In a lecture delivered amidst the Victorian splendour of St. George's Hall in Liverpool, Perry analyses with characteristic wit the common tests - from commercial worth to public popularity to aesthetic value. He admits the inadequacies of such yardsticks, especially when applied to much conceptual and performance art. And he concludes that in his opinion, the quality most valued in the art world is seriousness.
Producer: Jim Frank.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 3, 2013 at 3:58am
As you are listed on our jewellery Mailing list I just wanted to send you a
reminder that Marcia Lanyon will be at Making Space on Thursday 7

Marcia will be selling a large variety of precious stones, beads
and crystals.

Please share the information to anyone you think may be interested.

It is free to attend and you can pay by cash, card or cheque to Marcia.

Kind regards

N.B. Please note the car park behind Making Space is only free after 6pm

Ami Lowman
Marketing and Education Programmer
Please note I only work Part Time hours.

p: 02392 472491
a: Making Space, Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, PO9 5BN
Facebook Group/Fan Page: Search Making Space
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on November 2, 2013 at 12:30pm
Featured Maker - November 2013

Each month we will be turning the spotlight on one of our regular makers,to give you an insight into their work, and to direct you to more information about them.

Mary-Jane Sirett - Mary Mary Jewellery

Mary has been making her unique and quirky range of jewellery for about 25 years now. She uses a wide range of polymer clays combined with her huge semi-precious gemstone collection, precious metals and bohemian crystals to create her much sought after, highly colourful and very intricate pieces of work. Mary builds highly detailed 'canes' of pattern with the clay - which she then cuts into tiny slices to build each one-off piece. Her techniques and skills are quite unusual and thus her work has appeared in several books and a number of magazines over the years, as well as being stocked by some of the London's most prestigious galleries.

Now living in the far west of Cornwall, Mary's mad cap life is packed with wild and wonderful adventures and her jewellery is built to withstand this intense wear and tear! The most important aspect or her work though is that it is beautiful, flattering, comfortable and of the highest possible quality for the wearer. Affordability and happy customers are also high on the agenda - hence her big emphasis on any aftercare and a lifetime guarantee on much of her work. Mary really treasures the lovely comments and gratitude so many of her regular customers bestow on her - "It's what makes it all worthwhile at the end of the day."

Surrounded by the most incredible, ever changing Atlantic scenery, and living close to St Ives with its huge artistic heritage, Mary never runs out of inspiration, and delights in forever creating new designs. These can be seen at the prestigious craft shows she attends, in the ever growing number of galleries who stock her work, and in her studio at Foundry Farm, Hayle.

As a testament to the strength of her jewellery Mary is very proud to have been ranked 53rd in the recent World Bellyboarding Championships at Chapel Porth, Cornwall dressed in vintage costume and, of course, wearing her jewels. The training involves a daily session of playing in the waves with her friends, for which she would never consider removing her jewellery. So far - so good, despite the recent fabulous surf in which the mighty waves managed to break her board in two!

Mary is delighted to be taking part in Craft In Focus events at Sevenoaks, Winchester and Wisley in November.

Further information and images can be see on Mary's website:
For full details of our events see our calendar to the left of the page.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 31, 2013 at 10:01am

Jewellery Showcase / Arddangosfa Gemwaith     
Pamela Rawnsley     

Pamela’s work as both a silversmith and jeweler has always been informed by the landscape. She has focused on the area around her home in the Brecon Beacons, making close observations of the shape- shifting light and weather. In 2012 she received a Creative Wales Ambassador Award which led to a residency in Australia. The extraordinary and strange landscapes there have resulted in her seeing the landscape anew, with the colours, textures, and flora of South Australia forming the core of her new work.

Mae gwaith Pamela fel gofaint arian a gemydd wedi cael ei hysbysu gan y tirwedd erioed.  Yn y gorffennol fe ganolbwyntiodd ar yr ardal o amgylch ei chartref ym Mannau Brycheiniog, gan dalu sylw manwl i’r tywydd a newidiadau yn y golau sy’n effeithio ar ffurf.  Yn 2012 derbyniodd un o Ddyfarniadau Cymru Greadigol arweiniodd at gyfnod preswyl yn Awstralia.  Mae’r tirweddau estron a rhyfeddol yno wedi golygu iddi ystyried y tirwedd o’r newydd, a bellach mae lliwiau, gweadau, a phlanhigion De Awstralia’n elfennau canolog o’i gwaith newydd.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 29, 2013 at 6:42am

Opening of a Second Fisherton Mill gallery shop in Wilton Shopping Village’s fabulous historic courtyard.  The new shop is situated in, appropriately enough, a seventeenth century grain mill which is the courtyard’s oldest building.  This new venture will be followed in January with the unveiling of 5 studio workshops featuring artists at work, together with a new Fisherton Mill Cafe.

Wilton Shopping Village is in the early stages of a planned new direction for the Historic Courtyard and we hope that Fisherton Mill can help catalyse that re-generation. 

This second Fisherton Mill location will offer a different selection of work although there will be some crossover so that our most popular artists have the opportunity to display in both Salisbury and Wilton.   There will be a diverse range by artists working in many mediums - painters, potters, jewellers, ceramicists, fashionistas and much more.   The Wilton gallery will also have a focus on interior products, linking in with the adjacent Wilton Carpet and Firegarden showrooms. 

The five new studio workshops we hope will help us satisfy demand for space we can’t always fulfil in Salisbury.  We are pleased to say that one of the spaces has been reserved already!  Please do get in touch if you would like to be considered – further details below.

We will keep you posted as our plans progress and we intend to start adding some images to Facebook to give a taste of what is to come so ‘like’ our page to keep up to date.


Best wishes


Deborah, Michael and the Fisherton Mill team.


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