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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.

 

Website: http://www.acj.org.uk/
Location: UK
Members: 75
Latest Activity: 2 hours ago

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 
Email: enquiries@acj.org.uk

 

WHAT WE DO

• 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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Started by Vicky Saragouda. Last reply by Rebecca Skeels May 7, 2013. 3 Replies

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Comment by Rebecca Skeels 2 hours ago
September's Featured Maker

Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique.
Michael Hart Blacksmith


Michael in his forge
Michael Hart is a young, award-winning blacksmith who specialises in high quality hand-forged ironwork of bespoke design from gates, railings and staircases to candle-holders and garden ornaments.

Michael stepped into a forge for the first time at the age of 18 and was hooked but had quite a journey before he was able to establish his own workshop in West Kent with all the tools and machinery he required to set up his business.

Bespoke ironwork on staircase

He takes his inspiration from the medium he works with and also likes art nouveau style. Overall however he ensures his designs fit their surroundings and, on large scale pieces that become part of a building, he will take into account the building's history, its location, its architecture and the space.

Read more about Michael and his work


View the Work
Michael is exhibiting at our next event at Sevenoaks being held from 24-26 October. Visit this event (our biggest ever at Sevenoaks) to view his work and talk to him about commissioning bespoke ironwork. http://www.craftinfocus.com/focus_september_2014.html
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Friday
Joanna Gollberg: Collected
An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry
VELVET DA VINCI
September 3 – 28, 2014
Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8pm
San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Joanna Gollberg:
Collected, An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry. The show will run from
September 3 – 28, 2014. An opening reception with the artist will take place on
Friday, September 5, 6-8pm.
Velvet Da Vinci 2015 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 415.441.0109 www.velvetdavinci.com
Joanna Gollberg’s most recent body of work considers the experiences of travel,
observation, and enlightenment through the form of jewelry. Inspired by her own
personal collection of coral, shells, and other keepsakes gathered while traveling
the world, the exhibition will feature an exciting new series created from precious
and semi precious materials, as well as found objects. Found in Mexico,
Western North Carolina, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, these tokens
serve as a physical reminder of the place from which they came, their histories,
and the artist’s connection to each experience. The exhibition will also include a
selection of documentary photographs, taken by the artist on each trip.
On this pivotal new body of work, Gollberg writes:
! “I had never before given myself permission to use (these elements) in my
jewelry, because they were physical objects that kept me connected
to places that made my whole heart feel crushingly full... I chose to use
techniques that I rarely employ in my day to day jewelry making life—mold
making, wax carving, casting, enameling which gave me deep pleasure. I
freely used gemstones and materials that suited each piece,disregarding
any pre-planned price structure... The results are twofold: I am spiritually
refreshed and ready to re-enter my work life anew, and I have created a
body of work that is personally meaningful, yet still beautiful and true to my
aesthetic.”
With a Jewelry Design degree from FIT in New York City, Gollberg has been
creating and exhibiting unique wearable objects since 1997. A well-known and
respected author, she has written four books on handcrafted jewelry: Making
Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry, and The
Ultimate Jeweler's Guide. Her work has been included in gallery and museum
exhibitions across the US and has been featured in international publications
such as Art Jewelry Magazine, Lapidary Journal, Ornament Magazine, 1000
Rings, 500 Wedding Rings, 500 Enameled Objects, and 21st Century Jewelry.
Currently based out of Asheville, North Carolina, the artist also teaches at noted
craft institutions such as the Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of
Arts & Crafts.
Since 1991, Velvet da Vinci has been a leader in showcasing new developments
in contemporary art jewelry and craft-based sculpture. Representing artists from
the US, Europe, Latin America and Japan, the quality and range of work shown
at Velvet da Vinci gallery has made it a regular must-see stop for collectors,
museum curators, and other knowledgeable art and art-jewelry enthusiasts. We
invite you to visit the gallery at 2015 Polk Street in San Francisco, or online at
www.velvetdavinci.com
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Friday
Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD Course
A two day conservation course
DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2014 - 7 OCTOBER 2014
For further details about NHIG CPD courses please click here. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and, once completed, return it to us with full payment.

Aimed at professionals and craftspeople, this National Heritage Ironwork Group Continued Professional Development course is an introduction to the conservation of ironwork. Delegates will learn the basic principles of assessing historic ironwork in situ and make decisions about its care.

Tender procedures often require the commissioner of the work to have knowledge of the medium in order to procure the best value. We are offering you this knowledge with lecturers designed to equip those wishing to commission work on listed ironwork, whether architects, surveyors or conservation professionals with information they will find essential in the writing of specifications.

The course includes:

An introduction to heritage ironwork and historical context
Metallurgy of wrought iron and steels
Traditional tools, techniques, materials, design, and manufacture, with a focus on fixings
Discussion on working with iron and steel, the process of restoration, surface preparation and treatments
Specification and standards for heritage ironwork
Contracts and procurement.
The day will include a pricing exercise, and the lectures will be complimented by a site visit to survey historic ironwork and develop a strategy for its conservation.

Lecturers: Geoff Wallis & Chris Topp

Both lecturers are crafts people and acknowledged experts in the field of historic ironwork conservation. They will share their own practical experience and will be available to discuss delegates own projects.

http://nhig.org.uk/education/cpd/
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Friday
RUBERG
Our 'Cuboid' collection is now available at the beautiful jewellery boutique Ruberg. As part of the Islington Design District, Ruberg will be taking part in London Design Festival this September. Alongside the designs of Kamilla Ruberg and selected makers, Ruberg will be featuring a display using vessels by Danish ceramics ‘Finnsdottir’; a ‘Cabinet for small curiosities’ by English furniture maker David Gates and beautiful blooms by Dansk Flowers.

London Design Festival
13-21 September 2014

Ruberg http://www.ruberg.co.uk/
21 Camden Passage
Islington, London, N1 8EA
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Friday
ROCK VAULT
Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent. We are so pleased to have been selected to join the Rock Vault cohort of designers, our first showcase will be at London Fashion Week with the launch of our new collection 'Prism'.

“Rock Vault has become an integral and much-anticipated part of the London Fashion Week schedule. The SS15 selection features ten of the most inventive fine jewellery designers in Britain. Championed by Stephen with his passion and support for emerging talent, Rock Vault will help these designers realise their full potential on a global stage.”
- Caroline Rush, CEO British Fashion Council
http://www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk/news_detail.aspx?id=663

12-16 September 2014
Rock Vault - LFW
Somerset House, East Wing
London, WC2R 1LA
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Friday
Flavour of the month
Henrietta Fernandez - jewellery
http://jam-eton.co.uk/makers/henrietta-fernandez.html

Henrietta Fernandez creates contemporary jewellery inspired by her love of floral pattern, graphic shapes, colour and simple form. Henrietta works primarily in silver using 18ct gold, oxidised silver and resin to add detail.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday

Birmingham Assay Office news

WE’RE HIRING – ARE YOU THE MARKETING COORDINATOR WE ARE LOOKING FOR

VACANCY AT ASSAY OFFICE BIRMINGHAM

MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR - MATERNITY COVER

Job Title:               Marketing Co-ordinator    (Fixed Term 12 Month Contract)       Department:          Sales & Marketing

Hours:                   37.5 hours per week

A reliable and efficient administrator is required to provide Maternity cover for the position of Marketing Co-ordinator in the Sales and Marketing Department of Assay Office Birmingham for a 12 month period from October 2014.If this sounds like you please get in touch today.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Main responsibility
  • Specific responsibility for Microsoft Dynamics CRM database.  This includes the maintenance and administration of CRM, opening and amending accounts and contacts, training users, creating reports and liaising with sales & marketing team on other CRM requirements.

 

Main Duties
  • Assist Sales & Marketing staff to identify existing clients and prospects via CRM and provide a range of CRM reports for clients and prospects, business analysis, potential, etc.
  • Input and maintain accurate up to date records of customers on the CRM database, and use it to promote the business as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the Communications plan, specifically daily email campaigns.
  • Actively contribute to the websites including Blogs (WordPress), Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn pages in line with the Communications Plan
  • Maintain and update company information on third party websites, i.e. The Jewellery & Watch Show, IJL, Craft & Design, CMJ, NPA, BJA, GA, etc.
  • Keep website statistic records (Google Analytics), 0871 sales reports, up to date, distribute Monthly & Quarterly Hallmarking Figures.
  • Press Cuttings analysis and review – supported by the General Office Assistant.
  • Provide preparation support for all outside exhibitions, events and presentations.
  • Monthly Stock control for literature, POS and “Marketing Consumables”.  Re-order as required in collaboration with Marketing Manager.
  • Support Marketing Manager with consistent Branding and artwork both in digital and hardcopy format.
  • Any other duties as required and requested by either Marketing Manager or the  Sales & Marketing Director

http://www.assaynews.co.uk/bao/were-hiring-are-you-the-marketing-co...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday

Places available!
Hand Engraving Six-Week Evening Course
Thursday 4th September – Thursday 9th October 2014
Cost: £270 for members of the HEA
£300 for non-members
Venue: Craft Central, Central London
Details: This six-week course takes place on a Thursday evening from 6-9pm.
For more information on this and our other courses or to book a place please contact the Hand Engravers Association administrator at info@handengravers.co.uk or phone 0750 046 2910

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday

UCA Farnham's MA and MFA show will be taking place from 26 August to 4 September, with a private view on 4th September. The show will also include some Artist Talks; Artist and Curator Matt Smith will be presenting on Crafting History and Dr Outi Remes, Director of the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham will be speaking, both on Saturday 30 August.

"The MA and MFA graduation show at UCA Farnham presents a perfect opportunity for visitors to see the outstanding work of our postgraduate students. The selected work illustrates a myriad of fantastic journeys taken over the past year which will stretch the imagination and showcase making skills" said Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Crafts at UCA Farnham.

www.ucreative.ac.uk/news/2014/august/UCA-opens-doors-for-its-postgr...

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on August 25, 2014 at 7:02am
Please be aware of changes in venues this year.

Craft in Focus has moved from the Henley area but is staging a major event over the August Bank Holiday weekend at RHS Garden Hyde Hall followed by Wellington College at Crowthorne from 29-31 August.

Don't be misled this August! Another organiser has been trying to mislead visitors and using our reputation, and is using the domain name www.craftinfocus.co.uk to re-direct visitors to their website! Please rest assured we have not dropped our standards. Our website is www.craftinfocus.com not .co.uk. For the correct list of Craft In Focus events where you can find the very best makers ensure you use the .com address. Rest assured you will NOT find any imported or bought in work at our events.

from the Craft in Focus Team
 

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A Midsummer Day's Dream

Amber O’Harrow 

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Iowa Blue: The Urbane Chicken

5’2” x 3’ x 6’4”

Cast Aluminum

A Midsummer Day's Dream - crafthaus online exhibition

Curated by Marie and Glen Guarino.

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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 exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
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Artist Lucy Sparrow has hand stitched the entire contents of a corner shop. All familiar brands of grocery have been recreated in felt.…See More
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD Course A two day conservation course DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2014 - 7 OCTOBER 2014 For further details about NHIG CPD courses please click here. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and,…"
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"RUBERG Our 'Cuboid' collection is now available at the beautiful jewellery boutique Ruberg. As part of the Islington Design District, Ruberg will be taking part in London Design Festival this September. Alongside the designs of Kamilla…"
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Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ROCK VAULT Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent. We are so pleased to have been selected…"
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"Flavour of the month Henrietta Fernandez - jewellery http://jam-eton.co.uk/makers/henrietta-fernandez.html Henrietta Fernandez creates contemporary jewellery inspired by her love of floral pattern, graphic shapes, colour and simple form. Henrietta…"
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The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Back in the Workshop

After the travels and entertaining of the summer, I am back to a very autumnal Glasgow and my new students. As the dust settles on the new term, it has been good to be able to grab some time in the workshop to actually make something. This time, inspired by one of my contacts on Flickr, "…See More
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A Midsummer Day's Dream

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