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 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
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on September 22, 2013 at 10:49am
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 3:43am
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 1:19pm
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

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