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 9 hours ago
Artists Reception: Friday May 1, 6-8pm

San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Stonecutting, an exhibition of work by New Zealand artists Craig McIntosh + Joe Sheehan. The show will run from May 1 – 31, 2015. An opening reception with the artists will take place on Friday, May 1, from 6-8 pm.
Craig McIntosh’s most recent series of brooches are hand carved and fabricated from Pakohe (argillite), a material rich with metaphor for New Zealand’s cultural and natural landscape. A highly indurated sedimentary rock, hardened through intense compression and heat, Pakohe is often described as “basement rock,” as it literally represents the material New Zealand is built from and upon. Calling to mind visions of topographical maps and aerial nature photographs, McIntosh’s process channels the aesthetic and symbolic implications of his material, resulting in fractured, layered, and laminated compositions. According to the artist:

“The brooches… are abstract forms arrived at through the making process, and the associations with landscape and boundary are the result of thinking through making. When I’m working with stone I take the perspective that I am in some way are some way working with land, or can be seen as working with place, or even working possibly with here…. Landscape is a human construct, it is the way we see and interpret the physical environment. The division and breaking up of land into the idea of a system of human made spaces has shaped our environment. So for me it is therefore critical, when using stone in a contemporary jewelry context to have an understanding of both identity and boundary, jewelry can not be made concerning anything else until this is considered.”

McIntosh earned a Bachelors of Visual Arts and Masters Degree from the Dunedin School for Art. His works have exhibited in Japan, New Zealand, and Germany. Highlighted shows include WUNDERRUMA, a touring exhibition that debuted at the 2014 Schmuck conference. The artist presently lives and works in Dunedin.

Joe Sheehan’s series The Quick and the Dead is a collection of remote controls meticulously carved from stone. Presented as artifacts in the style of classic typological museum display, the work takes the form of whole units and broken pieces, calling to mind futuristic archaeological documentations of contemporary culture. Arranged by similarity and type, the series poses questions about contemporary methods in museum studies, addressing notions of preservation and historiography from a global perspective. Working with New Zealand native stones such as greywacke, basalt, and argillite, Sheehan shines a light on the heavy historic symbolism of each material from a South Pacific cultural context, referencing prominent museum collections of Toki: stone adzes made by Maori and other Polynesian cultures. In 2013, New Zealand based Curator Anna-Marie White wrote:

“Within the context of museums, Toki are afforded a higher status than equivalent Pakeha material culture and regarded as evidence of an extinct way of life. Moreover the story of Pakeha culture (European New Zealand Identity) is largely defined by objects of rarity and distinctiveness, which has contributed to an ambiguous understanding of Pakeha cultural identity in comparison to Maori. The Quick and the Dead works to redress this imbalance, suggesting that everyday objects are better and more valid representations of contemporary New Zealand culture.

This notion of ‘value’ is consistent with Sheehan’s larger project as an artist: to contribute museum-quality Pakeha taonga to national art discourse… By making this reference, Sheehan suggests that these sculptures exist in the tenuous space between functional object and symbolic artifact.”
Comment by Rebecca Skeels 17 hours ago
@GalioJewellers: @CraftsCouncilUK We launched fab Design Competition #win Shaun Leane placement & have winning piece made too! Pls RT
Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

Top international prize in jewelry will open for applications in September 2015

Attai Chen Benedikt Fisher Lauren Kalman Heejoo Kim Seulgi Kwon

Mill Valley, California, USA, April 20, 2015--Ambitious young jewelry artists of the world will want to take note of the change in the next annual Art Jewelry Form (AJF) Artist Award cycle.

The AJF Artist Award just concluded its 2014 cycle last month, naming Seulgi Kwon winner from a competitive pool of 123 applicants representing 27 countries. Kwon and the four finalists made an exciting showing at Munich Jewelry Week 2015, generously hosted by Platina Gallery, as part of the Frame section of Schmuck--Germany's renowned, international art jewelry fair. Judged on the basis of their entries' originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship, the four AJF Artist Award finalists were: Attai Chen, Benedikt Fischer, Lauren Kalman, and Heejoo Kim.

2014 AJF Artist Award Winner: Seulgi Kwon
AJF encourages jewelers under the age of 35 to mark their calendars now, as there will be some changes to the timing of the next AJF Artist Award cycle. In order to more closely align with Munich Jewelry Week 2016, the 2015 AJF Artist Award cycle will open the application process in September 2015, with a deadline of November 15, 2015. The finalists will be announced in early 2016.

Art Jewelry Forum, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the creation, study, and appreciation of art jewelry, remains committed to acknowledging promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of a jewelry artist through the AJF Artist Award. Now in its 16th year, the Award will once again provide a cash prize to the winner and the opportunity for the winner and four finalists to exhibit their work with an AJF supporter gallery in the Frame section of Schmuck during Munich Jewelry Week in March 2016.

Information about the purpose of the award, entry criteria, application requirements, and deadline will be available on AJF's website in August/September 2015.


Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is a non-profit organization established in 1997
to advocate for the field of contemporary art jewelry.
We do so through education, discourse, appreciation and support for the field.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels yesterday

Over the past couple of years Andrew has been asked about hydraulic presses, where to get hold of them and how to use them with the dies and cutters. If you have been following At The Bench on Facebook, you will have seen that Andrew has recently been sent a hydraulic press from Kevin Potter in the USA and several dies to play with. So over the next couple of months, Andrew will be having a 'play' and filming like crazy on using the press and dies.

Andrew has also discovered a UK supplier of dies made for the hydraulic press that he will be showing you in a month or so's time. He is just awaiting a nice big parcel to arrive before he shows you what he can do with the press.

Also the brand new double ended polishing motor is on its way to At The Bench HQ as we type this newsletter too. It's Durstons latest model to be released. So Andrew will also be filming a product review on that too.

Interested in embracing new technology? Andrew has had the latest Pulse Welder from Lampert on trial for the past year. It is not cheap technology but it is an awesome piece of kit, well worth it for every busy manufacturing and jobbing jeweller. Watch out for a series of films using the Lampert PUK welder coming soon.

A busy time filming is on the cards for Andrew over the next few months so keep watching for some exciting films in the Summer and into Autumn.

Enjoy your jewellery making and have a great weekend.

My kindest regards
The At The Bench Team
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Saturday
Artlogic is proud to sponsor London Gallery Day which returns this weekend and brings together contemporary art spaces in EC1, WC1, and N1.

This central area of London has quietly but steadily gathered a strong presence of commercial and not-for-profit galleries which are extending opening times on Saturday 25 April (noon to 8 pm) and opening their doors on Sunday 26 (noon to 6 pm). On both days galleries will host a programme of events, artist talks, and tours of the exhibitions.

We hope to see you there!
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday

Crafts Council's Injection programme: Call for applications

Injection is the Crafts Council’s business development programme for mid-career and established craft practices; applications are now open for the 2015 intake.
The programme provides makers with the tools to develop their aspirations for growth and embed sustainability and resilience within their business practice, through workshops, mentoring and networking.

Injection is a year-long programme which includes five full day workshops, a two day residential, four networking events and up to nine hours mentoring support. Individuals are selected by the Crafts Council following interviews and participation in the programme costs £270, which can be paid in instalments.

Closing date for applications: Noon Monday 18 May 2015

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Thursday
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British Jewellers’ Association and The Fairtrade Foundation ‘I Do’ Competition

The British Jewellers’ Association has combined forces with The Fairtrade Foundation, Hockley Mint and Clark Diamonds to further boost the Foundation’s, already highly successful ‘I Do’ campaign with a competition especially for designers wishing to work, or already working in Fairtrade Gold.

Entries to the competition should be presented either as scale drawings (on A4 paper) or as CAD files.

The winning design will be produced in Fairtrade gold donated by Hockley Mint which will work with the designer to manufacture the piece. The ethically-sourced diamonds for the design will be supplied by the Birmingham diamond dealer, Clark Diamonds.

The finished piece will be donated to the BJA (an association within the BATF), working in conjunction with the Fairtrade Foundation, to raise awareness for the Foundation .

The winner will benefit from tremendous PR and promotional opportunities in the run up to and during International Jewellery London where their design will be on display.


The judges will be looking for:

A matching wedding and engagement ring set, to suit the modern bride
The design must feature a 50pt round brilliant diamond together with up to ½ a carat’s worth of small stones which can be used in any way the designer sees fit.

The competition is open to jewellery designers and jewellery producers based in the UK.
Entries should be designed specifically for this competition.
Entries should be presented either as scale drawings (on A4 paper) or as CAD files.
The designer of the winning piece will need to be available to liaise with Hockley Mint during June and July over the manufacture of their winning design.
The winning designer must also be prepared to attend a prize-giving and publicity event at IJL (6th-8th September) where the winning design will be on display on the BJA stand for the duration of the show.
The copyright in the ring will remain the property of the winner but should they wish to reproduce the design for sale this would be on the understanding that further pieces should be made in Fairtrade metal.
The BJA and The Fairtrade Foundation will have the right to use photographs of the ring for on-going publicity purposes.
Entrants who require their drawings to be returned to them must enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope for this purpose.
The judges’ decision is final.

Simply fill in the form below and return it to the British Jewellers’ Association together with your design by 1st June, 2015. The winning piece will be completed by 17th July to allow sufficient time for photography and promotional activities prior to IJL

ENTRY FORM BJA Fairtrade Gold I Do Competition


Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation. Fairtrade is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers, miners and workers. The international Fairtrade system represents the world's largest and most recognised fair trade system.

To find out more about Fairtrade gold and silver or to register to buy certified metal visit To learn more about the Foundation’s ‘I do’ campaign visit

The British Jewellers’ Association is a national trade body representing over 1200 businesses involved in all aspects of jewellery production and jewellery retailing.

Hockley Mint is one of the UK’s largest and most long-established manufacturing jewellery businesses. It is one of handful of British companies to be fully certified to produce in Fairtrade gold. Its products include wedding rings, engagement rings, cast components, findings and precision engineered jewellery parts.
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Wednesday
Hello rebecca skeels,

We would like to invite you to our next Public Open Day on the theme of Light, which is in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection.
Date: Saturday 2nd May 2015
Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE
Comment by Rebecca Skeels on Wednesday

Postgraduate support scheme

For 2015 entry we have a number of £10,000 bursaries jointly funded by UCA and HEFCE in this one-off scheme.

The idea of the Postgraduate Support Scheme is to encourage participation from individuals who historically have been under-represented at Masters level (this scheme does not include the MArch).

To be eligible you must be starting a full- or part-time Masters-level course at UCA in 2015. Applicants must be in a group currently under-represented in the UCA taught postgraduate community and must meet all of the criteria set out below to be considered for an award.

You must meet all of the criteria

    Graduating from a three-year undergraduate programme in summer 2015, from an English institution
    Started undergraduate studies in 2012 under the new tuition fee regime
    Be a UK or an EU national
    Be currently resident in the UK or EU
    Not already in possession of an MA or higher-level qualification
    Starting a Masters programme at UCA in September 2015
    Come from an area where it is unusual for people to go to university: this is defined by the government's classification called Polar 3, to meet this criterion the address you lived at in the year before you commenced undergraduate study must fall into 'quintile 1 or 2'.

You can check your address area using the Participation of Local Areas (POLAR) search tool (please note this information only covers the UK), you can also look up your postcode here. If your postcode is listed as being in quintile 1 or 2 under either heading (Young participation or Adult HE) you should consider making an application for PSS support. We will check your postcode eligibility when we process your application.
How to Apply

You must first apply and be offered a place on a UCA Masters course to commence in 2015. Once you have been offered a place you can download the PSS application form which must be completed and returned with any required evidence by the deadline given. We will notify successful applicants of their award before the start of the 2015/16 academic year.

If you defer the start of your Masters course until 2016 you will lose eligibility to be considered for a PSS award - this scheme is only available to students starting a course in 2015.

Applications will be considered on a strictly first-come first-served basis.
How much is a PSS award worth?

Successful applicants will receive a £10,000 award which will be applied to the fees for your course in the first instance, with the balance (where relevant) paid as a maintenance grant in two instalments.

Please email us at if you have any questions about the PSS scheme.

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on April 19, 2015 at 1:08pm

• Near Woking, GU23 6QB

• 30 April — 4 May 2015

• Around 160 exhibitors

• 9am to 6pm Daily; Last entry 5pm

• Admission

• RHS Members free (click here)

• Click for Google map

• How to get to Wisley

• Click here to go to RHS Garden Wisley website
Craft Fair RHS Wilsey 30 April to 4 May 2105

This event, one of our largest, will be held mainly in floored marquees within the beautiful surroundings of RHS Garden Wisley so visitors will be able to view and purchase contemporary craft and art from around 160 exhibitors whilst also enjoying the beautiful spring garden with its huge plant collection

In addition visitors will be able to discover a diverse range of sculptures, garden art and outdoor exhibits as they wander around the world renowned garden and up towards the state-of-the-art glasshouse where there will be a display of work by some of the UK's finest contemporary silversmiths.

Ample free parking and full disabled access.

Tickets available in advance from and available on entry to the show.

For full details of our events see our calendar to the left of the page.

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