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.


Location: UK
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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 June 28, 2013 at 3:56pm
Entries Invited -

"Cats & Dogs" - Themed Art Exhibition - 17August - 8 September 2013
Artists and makers are invited to submit entries for a themed selling exhibition to be held at Obsidian Art Gallery in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks (with an opening weekend at Hearings Dogs for the Deaf*)
Entry Deadline : Saturday 20 July

The exhibition runs from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 8 September.

Hand-In dates for accepted work : Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August.
We are really excited to be running a fun themed exhibition in support of The Hearing Dogs for the Deaf charity. The opening weekend will take place at the Hearing Dogs lovely HQ just down the road from the gallery, in Saunderton.

We are delighted to be able to support Hearing Dogs by donating half our commission on sales made suring the opening weekend, and as we don't charge an entry free to the gallery, we will also ask visitors to make a voluntary donation throughout the exhibition at the gallery.

We want the exhibition to be fun, but also of a really high quality. We are looking for a wide range of styles & mediums - from contemporary to traditional.

For this exhibition we welcome all DOMESTIC breeds of cats and dogs (no big cats or wild dogs for this one) - also including pieces where the dog & cat included may only be incidental to the piece - as long as there's a dog or cat included in there somewhere!


We are always happy to discuss the suitability of work - so just give us a call or drop us an e-mail if you're in any doubt.

No entry fee or hanging fee.

The gallery commission is 45% on sales of original art and 50% on sales of reproduction prints & cards.
All work must be for sale and the artist must be based in the UK.

Email images (max 2MB per email please)
along with details of
Size; &
Proposed Selling Price.
& an Artist Statement and/or Biography
or complete the entry form - click HERE to download a PDF version (or email for a Word version).

For full terms & conditions e-mail , visit the gallery, or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to Obsidian Art, Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, Bucks, HP22 5XJ.
Enquiries : 01296 612150 or email
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2013 at 3:46pm
Win £100 fab craft!
Hi Fellow craft business

We want to spread the joy of contemporary craft this summer and we’re feeling generous. Enter our fun competition and be in with the chance of winning £100 of fabulous craft by one of the selected #click&collect makers.

#click&collect makers (clockwise from top left): Michelle Keeling | Miranda Sharpe | Anne Morgan | Amanda Anderson | Myia Bonner | Paul Smith | Keith Varney | Brittany Delany Ceramics | Rebecca Little | Linda Bloomfield

It’s easy to enter
1. Create a personal collection around the theme of ‘joy’ and share it so that everyone can take a look.
2. Register your entry here or on the app on our Facebook page.

Not created a personal collection before?
Hovering over an image on a maker’s profile will give you the option to add it to your personal collection (don’t forget to sign in first). And you can see and share your personal collection when you are in your account.

When will you know if you've won?
The closing date is Monday 12 August. We are thrilled that Own Art, key in supporting people to buy and collect art by providing interest free loans, are joining us in judging the personal collections. As judges we will be looking for the collection which best evokes a feeling of joy. The winner will be announced on Friday August 16 on our Facebook page. We’ll let the winner know in advance by email.

Don't keep the good news to yourself!
Forward this to your stylish/ craft-loving/ creative/ decor-obsessed/ wish-list creating friends and share the details from our blog. And don't forget to use our hashtag on twitter and facebook - #clickandcollectcraft.

Good luck!
Janet, Catherine and Lucia
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 28, 2013 at 3:40pm
Hi, just to let you know that we have a couple of places left on next Saturday’s Enamelled Jewellery Set one-day workshop. Led by Linda Connelly, the course is suitable for beginners or those wanting to progress their enamelling skills. Participants will work on copper and use transparent enamels, stencils and riso screens to make a matching pendant and a pair of earrings.

The course runs from 10am–3pm and costs £48. If you would like to book a place please email or telephone 02392 472491.

Kind regards
Catharine Russell
Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 27, 2013 at 9:36am

Part 1: 26 - 29 June (Awards Preview 26 June)
Part 2: 03 - 06 July (Awards Preview 03 July)

New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, showcasing over 3,000 of the most talented emerging graduates including a large contingent of jewellery and silverware designers.

This year the annual graduate showcase New Designers has programmed a substantial schedule of talks and events,which all all freely accessible on entry with your show ticket.

Some highlights include ABSOLUT Art Talk, a panel discussion including Neville Brody, Stuart Wood and Kitty Joseph; the Design Council Future Pioneers celebration and contributions from the Design Trust, Design Museum, The InnoMatNet Summer School, and the V&A amongst many others.

See full programme:

Special Ticket Offer Valid until 26 June:
Standard Day Ticket - £9* (£14.50 on the door) 
Unlimited Access 2 Week Pass - £19* (£27 on the door)
Book now online quote NDPIN to benefit from the discount or call 08448 480 136.


Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 23, 2013 at 9:35am

The spotlight is on the UK’s largest selection of contemporary lighting ever created for a design event. Hundreds of new designs will compete for the coveted Delight in Light National Young Designer Competition, staged for the first time at 100% Design in collaboration with the Lighting Industry Association. All four corners of 100% Design will be illuminated by the UK’s brightest lighting designers as they showcase their ideas.

Click here to find out more on how to enter.

“Having been a judge for the awards for a number of years, it is fantastic to be working with an organisation like 100% Design. Finally these budding young designers will be getting an international platform that can propel them into the media limelight, and a fast track into a sustainable design career. “ Simon Terry, Innovation & Brand Director, Anglepoise

Established in 1985 the Lighting Industry Association Awards have become the premier competition for lighting design students in the UK. ‘Delight in Light’ is a new movement created to encourage excellence in lighting design. This is a mutually beneficial situation for all. Firstly, for the lighting industry, which strives for excellence and the high quality design can provide. Secondly, the designers, through a closer liaison with the industry and exposure at high-profile events and of course thirdly the end users that will enjoy a better quality of lighting in their environment.

‘The Delight in Light’ Design Competition sits firmly at the core of this direction and the LIA aim to provide the perfect platform for many exciting new lighting designs, and offer young people to better understand the industry and interact with it.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 23, 2013 at 8:56am

The Call for Makers is Here!!!

The Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring DIY science and technology, robots, crafts, music, art and local food. 

The 2nd Annual Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire 
Saturday, September 28th
10am – 4pm
Museum L-A/ Bates Mill Atrium

Looking for Makers! Anyone can enter! 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.

For more info and to apply to be a Maker :
Deadline to apply is  July 19th

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual show with some 800 makers and 110,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in three years to 500+ makers and 55,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Newcastle (UK), and Tokyo are the home of “featured” Maker Faires (200+ makers), and community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Lewiston-Auburn.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 23, 2013 at 8:53am
Art in Action 2013
What is Art in Action?
Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work, Art in Action was born.

Approximately 25,000 visitors come over four days to learn, buy and enjoy, exhibitions, classes and performances of 400 demonstrating artists, teachers, musicians and performers.

What's New for 2013?
The Tent Makers of Cairo
Tent Makers of Cairo demonstrate their elaborate, appliqué, hand stitched pieces
Art in Action Art Courses - May to October
Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 19, 2013 at 8:55am


This is a call for Silversmiths who currently reside and practice in the UK to send images of their work/s for consideration to be featured in an online exhibition. The goal is to show the best current contemporary silversmith work from the UK. This exhibition aims to explore if there is a specific British silversmith style that is different from silversmithing styles in other countries.


Future exhibitions are planned to feature other European silversmiths as well.


The work/s submitted must have been made from 2011 onwards.

Image requirements:

5 images max in jpg/jpeg format

72 dpi (low resolution)

How to submit:

Please email the following information to .

- Clearly labeled photos to match the photo information (in other words, if you send 5 images for consideration, we will need to know which image is which from the descriptions) i.e. use your name followed by a number: mark-fenn-001.jpg for photo and listing description.


- title of work

- year made

- captions (material, measurements)

- photo credits (name of photographer)

- your website address

- a short descriptive text from you about the work, 3-4 sentences suffice

 Deadlines and Dates:

- Deadline to email images to : on or before September 1, 2013

- Online exhibition date: October 12 - November 12, 2013 on

- no entry fee !

- The online exhibition is public and will remain on the website even after the exhibition is over.

- Crafthaus is used extensively for online research by major US craft organizations, artists and publications. This means great visibility for UK silversmiths in the US/Canadian craft world and internationally.

- Crafthaus membership is NOT required to participate in an online exhibition.


About the curator:

Mark Fenn is a contemporary studio Jeweller and Silversmith with a BA (Hons) degree in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from UCA.


Mark’s studio work is informed by the narrative and the personal. Mark is an award winning silversmith and a graduate member of Contemporary British Silversmiths. He is also a full member of The Association of Contemporary Jewellery. He is based in the seaside town of Whitstable, Kent, UK.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 19, 2013 at 8:40am

From Autumn 2013 the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s offer for post graduates is changing.  Our exciting, new Setting Out programme isn’t a taught programme. We’re helping you the move from college to career by offering brand new studio spaces along with a supporting development programme which will help you gain vital business skills.


The focus will be on YOU to make effective use of your workspace and take up the development opportunities that are right for you with the Centre’s support. The focus will be on YOU  to make effective use of your workspace and take up the development opportunities that are right for you.


Setting Out is open to graduates, and those working within the industry.


For an inclusive fee of £50.00 per week you’ll receive:


·                    Full-time, flexible access to a fantastic shared studio space

·                    Access to a Knowledge Programme that includes vocational training and/or professional development for a minimum of twenty days per year (to include lectures, seminars, practical sessions and mentoring around your business)

·                    Access to Goldsmiths’ Centre training and prototyping workshops

·                    Access to lockable storage

·                    The opportunity to start your business and make the transition from university to the world of work as part of the Goldsmiths’ Centre Community

·                    The potential to work towards a higher-level Vocational Qualification through the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s professional training programme.


Application forms are now available on our website

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 9am on Monday 22 July 2013.  
INTERVIEW DATES: Wednesday 31 July 2013 or Tuesday 6 August 2013

OPEN DAY: The Setting Out Open day will held at the Goldsmiths' Centre on Friday 12 July from 10.00 am.  If you would like to attend the open day please email

Kind regards


The Setting Out Team



Marie Marshall

PA to the Director and Office Manager

T + 44 (0)207 566 7655





The Goldsmiths’ Centre

42 Britton Street, London

EC1M 5AD, United Kingdom


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Comment by Rebecca Skeels on June 19, 2013 at 5:37am
Dear Rebecca,

Do you know a promising new art jewelry talent? Have you told them about the 2013 AJF Artist Award for an Emerging Jeweler? Perhaps you qualify? Time is running out to submit your application.


A cash prize of $7500 will go a long way in acknowledging promise, innovation, and individuality in a jeweler's work and in advancing an early career. We look forward to receiving a record number of entries this year, and we will meet this goal with your help.

Here are three easy ways to share this opportunity.

1. FORWARD this email to your community.
2. POST this link on your social media sites.
3. PUBLISH this press release on your website or blog.

Learn more about the Art Jewelry Forum Artist Award and find complete application guidelines on the website.


We are grateful for your support.

With kindest regards,

Susan Cummins

Members (75)


A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

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!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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