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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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2013 at 11:03am

Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan
British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN
10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday

The British Council today announced Gem: Contemporary Jewellery and Gemstones from Afghanistan, an exhibition of jewellery, gem-cutting and contemporary practices, which will go on show at its London headquarters on 8 October. The display is the result of collaboration with Turquoise Mountain, an Afghanistan-based organisation which promotes Afghan craft and design worldwide.

On show will be specially commissioned jewellery created by Turquoise Mountain artisans alongside pieces of contemporary jewellery design by UK designers including Pippa Small, Hattie Rickards, Vicki Sarge and Melanie Eddy. Curated by Melanie Eddy and designed by Will Shannon, Gem will explore the process and traditions behind gem-cutting in Afghanistan and examine how these techniques are applied to contemporary jewellery.

The British Council looks to create international opportunities for, and trust between, the peoples of the UK and Afghanistan through educational and cultural programmes. The British Council and Turquoise Mountain have been collaborating for several years and Gem illustrates this continuing work with local and international artisans to promote cultural activity in Afghanistan and to revive and develop the country’s traditional arts. The exhibition brings to life the personal stories of the jewellery makers and gem cutters, exploring how arts and culture can contribute to the rebuilding of a post conflict country.
The exhibition will also feature gems in their uncut forms, maps of their origins in Afghanistan and tools of the gem-cutting trade as well as a short film by Afghan documentary filmmaker Jawed Taiman which will document the making process.

Gem is a flagship event of the British Council’s new UK-South Asia season, a programme over the autumn of 2013 to celebrate and explore the cultural relationship and connections between the UK and South Asia
The season will emphasise the importance of strong, lasting and mutually beneficial relationships in the cultural and educational spheres through eleven specially curated thematic events highlighting key issues of common interest, enabling the exchange of views and experiences and offering opportunities for future collaboration.

For more information visit:

John Mitchell, Director, British Council Afghanistan, said: “This exhibition shows how through residencies, skills development and the exchange of ideas, Afghan jewellery design and manufacture has been both restored and enriched. This has led sustainable economic development and improved prospects and livelihoods. Gem also illustrates how UK – Afghan collaboration has helped inform UK jewellery design. Internationally renowned British jewellers have been inspired by Afghan design, processes and gemstones to develop new, innovative products which reflect the best of our creative industries.”

Exhibition Curator Melanie Eddy said: “Jewellery in Afghanistan has both historical and cultural resonances. Straddling art and industry, jewellery runs the gamut from mechanized production for large-scale commercial brands to conceptual pieces as fleeting as an imprint or shadow on the skin. The flexibility of this industry means that it offers individuals incredible choice – to hone a craft, to seek a livelihood or to establish a business. Turquoise Mountain is supporting artisans as they make these choices and is encouraging an approach to business and craft that emphasises the importance of both processes and materials.”

Tommy Wide, Country Director, Turquoise Mountain, said: "It has been a privilege to work with so many talented Afghan artisans over the seven years that Turquoise Mountain has been working in Afghanistan, and to play some small role in encouraging artistic and commercial collaborations between UK designers and these artisans. We are so grateful to the British Council for their long-term support, and proud to be partnering with them in bringing Afghan jewellers and gems to the UK."

Notes to Editors:
Opening hours
8 October – 29 November 2013
10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday
British Council, 10 Spring Gardens,
London SW1A 2BN

For more information about the exhibition or the British Council’s South Asia season visit or

For more information about the British Council contact:
Mary Doherty, Arts Assistant Press Officer, 0207 389 4872

About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year teaching English, sharing the Arts and in education and society programmes. We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.
For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council through and
About Turquoise Mountain Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation specializing in urban regeneration, business development, and education in traditional arts and architecture. It provides jobs, skills, and a renewed sense of national pride to Afghan women and men. Turquoise Mountain was established in March 2006, at the request of HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and HE President Karzai, President of Afghanistan, with the aim of regenerating historic urban areas, renewing Afghan traditional arts and architecture, and spurring the sustainable development of the nation’s craft industry. Turquoise Mountain is now on its seventh year. It has successfully completed the regeneration of Murad Khane, an area within Kabul’s old city and established the Turquoise Mountain Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture. Today, the heart of Kabul’s old city is a vibrant cultural, educational and economic hub, serving as a highly visible symbol of cooperation between Afghanistan, the international community and the residents and students of Murad Khane and the Institute.

About Melanie Eddy
Melanie is involved in jewellery design and manufacture through facilitating creative and professional development – projects undertaken include research, writing, editorial work, teaching and exhibition installation and curation. She has undertaken contracts with institutions and corporations as varied as Swarovski, Transitions Optical, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Thames & Hudson, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, The Crafts Council and The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. Trained in Bermuda, Canada, New York and London; she holds an MA Design: Jewellery from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She is a Director of The Association for Contemporary Jewellery, a licentiate of The Society of Designer Craftsman and is involved in The Society of Jewellery Historians. In the autumn of 2010, through the British Council, she undertook a two-month applied arts creative residency at Turquoise Mountain’s Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has continued work in Afghanistan maintaining a relationship with Turquoise Mountain by consulting on a voluntary basis and recently worked with Afghan NGO and UK charity, Future Brilliance, on a project taking jewellers and gem-cutters from Afghanistan to Jaipur, India for skills enhancement and apprenticeship style training. She was delighted to be asked to curate “GEM’ for the British Council and to be involved in bringing contemporary jewellery and gemstones from Afghanistan to the UK.
For more information, please visit:
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 5, 2013 at 11:00am
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 strategically funded project that aims to strengthen the craft infrastructure in the South East.

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.
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.
Monday 4 Nov 2013 Facilitated by Frances Lord and Lynne Dick
at Making Space, 2 Bishopstoke Road, Leigh Park, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 5BN
Tuesday 5 Nov 2013 Facilitated by Amanda Game and Lynne Dick
at The Panel Room, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's. Oxford, OX1 1BX

Guest speakers include:
Sara Whybrew; Director of Creative Employment Programme at Creative & Cultural Skills,
Ceramicists Julian Stair & Billy Lloyd,
Jane Bryant; Chief Executive at Artswork
James Ryan; Designer at the Edward Barnsley Workshop

More information on these individuals, along with detailed agendas for the two events can be found following this link.

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.

Please click on one of the two links below to book your place

Making Space | 4/11/13

Oxford Town Hall | 5/11/13

Directions to both the venues can be found by using these links - Making Space | Oxford Town Hall

If you have any enquiries please contact Making Space on
P : 023 9247 2491 | E :
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 2, 2013 at 1:51am
You are invited to SHP's Autumn Exhibitions Programme

Private View: Fri 4 Oct 6.30-8pm

Artist in Residence Retrospective: Visual Arts
Mansion Galleries
5 Oct - 10 Nov

In celebration of South Hill Park’s 40th Birthday, previous resident artists from disciplines such as Jewellery, Silversmithing, Printmaking and Ceramics have been invited back to the arts centre for Retrospective.

This season also marks the end of Silversmith Holly Barton’s residency and her latest works will be showcased in Reception.

Holly’s time at South Hill Park has been used to explore the fundamentals of jewellery design and revisit her love of unusual stone settings, fusing this with her previous collections inspired by science; the collection has a fresh and sophisticated feel.

An unmissable opportunity to see talents, old and new that have been at the heart of visual arts at South Hill Park for decades.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on October 1, 2013 at 1:47am
Great to be at Awards last night. Well done Kyosun.
The Victoria & Albert Museum are now displaying a second piece of work by a student from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) as part of the Young Designer Silversmith competition.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 30, 2013 at 3:14am

England’s ‘Craft Town’

September 2013 



This October sees the realisation of a dream long held by many, as Farnham officially becomes England’s ‘Craft Town’. 


Farnham Town Council has secured £10,000 Town Team funding to focus on Farnham’s ambition to be known as England’s Craft Town.  The distinctive edge that is Farnham’s significant art and crafts history will be used to attract new people to visit the town and increase footfall to local businesses and organisations.


Councillor Jill Hargreaves, Farnham Town Council’s Lead Member for Tourism & Events says “Farnham has a rich craft heritage which makes it stand out from other towns. We plan to promote this asset and encourage visitors to come to Farnham and the surrounding villages to share in the craft experience. An increased visitor footfall will support local businesses and will help sustain the town and village centres as bustling, vibrant focal points of the community”.


Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings says “Farnham has come to be recognised as a craft town much because of its creative traditions, but also because of the work that happens here now. In time, our hope is that people will come to think of Farnham and crafts in much the same way as one thinks of Hay-on-Wye and books.”


Together with the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham Maltings, the New Ashgate Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, 318 Ceramics at Farnham Pottery, and many more craft based organisations, the town will play host to what will become an annual, monthly celebration of crafts. This years activities taking place throughout October include a willow workshop at Farnham Library, knitting, sewing, drawing and pottery demonstrations and workshops popping up in unexpected places across the town, there will be something to pique the interests of all from novices to experienced makers.


The newly established 318 Ceramics will be running weekend workshops for adults, under the instruction of internationally renowned makers. There will also be a Halloween workshop at the Pottery for children during half term, alongside taster sessions throughout the town for all to try their hand at something new.

The Crafts Study Centre stages ‘Setting the Scene: New Landscapes in Craft’ from the 8th October. This exhibition looks at the influence of landscape on practitioners from ceramic and metal workers to textiles and plastics.

The New Ashgate Gallery will be a destination for buying the best of affordable contemporary crafts by emerging and established makers. As part of the Autumn Craft Collection and Maker in Focus shows, it showcases a wide range of handcrafted jewellery, ceramics, textiles, prints and original paintings of regional and national crafts by more than 100 makers. Also, the gallery is hosting its fifth annual Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition, organised in partnership with Surrey Arts. 


Dr Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts welcomes the recognition: “Farnham’s long history of craft is one of the reasons that the University for the Creative Arts is based in Farnham. For the past 150 years, UCA Farnham has trained and collaborated with the town’s makers and businesses. One of the earliest examples was collaboration in 1890 with Farnham Pottery, which gave our students the opportunity to make a wide range of wares for Liberty’s of London. I believe that recognising Farnham’s national importance in Craft will not only make residents proud of the town’s unique history, but also provide the impetus to keep these important and relevant traditions alive for generations to come.”


For further information please contact


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 29, 2013 at 11:03am
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 11:01am
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 3:07am

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 1:37am
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 10:55am
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

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