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Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood

Morley & ACJ Jewellery Lecture Series: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done by Joanne Haywood Designed and created by  Joanne Haywood , ‘A Woman’s Work is Never Done’ is a series of twenty-one jewellery works made for fifteen trailblazing women. Come and hear about the materials and techniques used to make these mixed media jewels, as well as the pioneering women that inspired them. Joanne Haywood  is a leading art jeweller, writer and educator. She has worked and exhibited in the UK and internationally. She holds a BA(hons) in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins and is recognised for her individual voice

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020

Wallace Chan Lecture 2020 Maastricht 9 March 2020 SIERAAD Art Fair and well-known jewellery designer Wallace Chan have made a unique collaboration for TEFAF. The highlight of the exhibition will be ‘Keeper of Time’, a necklace juxtaposing the artist’s most recent innovation, the Wallace Chan Porcelain, with his vintage carving creations from over 30 years ago. Gemstones, memories from different times, are revisited and given new life; they are indispensable links in the long chain of time that connects the past and the present. Lecture SIERAAD are honoured to organize a lecture of Wallace Chan in partnership with Chequita Nahar,

Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci

K Presents: Jewellery - Anthropological Perspectives Lecture by Max Carocci At K Academy of Contemporary Jewellery, London 27 February 2019  |  18:00 - 20:00 Jewellery: Anthropological Perspectives What is the purpose of jewellery? How does jewellery function in culture? This lecture/presentation explores the reasons for making decorative artifacts. It explains how it operates in the world of symbolic communication showing how jewellery has a fundamental role to play in culture and society. Anthropologist Max Carocci will discuss jewellery from an anthropological viewpoints through lavish images of jewellery and decoration form around the world.  British Museum-based anthropologists Max Carocci has been

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Simone ten Hompel

Glenmorangie Annual Lecture: Simone ten Hompel 7:00pm – 8:15pm, Thursday 10 October 2019 National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Silversmith Simone ten Hompel discusses her commission from National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new piece of contemporary metal artwork inspired by the museum’s early medieval collections. About the Commission As part of the Creating Scotland project, National Museums Scotland and Glenmorangie have commissioned a major new piece of contemporary metalwork for display in the National Museum of Scotland. The current phase of the Glenmorangie Project, Creating Scotland, sees the research focus on the 9th to 12th centuries,

Lecture By Manon Van Kouswijk at Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Lecture By Manon Van Kouswijk 6:30 - 8pm, 18th July 2019 Cockpit Arts, London Manon van Kouswijk is an acclaimed Dutch artist jeweller based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as Head of the Jewellry Department at the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy before moving to Melbourne where she has been teaching since 2013 at MADA (Monash University of Art, Design and Architecture) in the Jewellery and Fine Art Faculty. Manon has led numerous successful workshops and masterclasses and worked as a guest lecturer in Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and Germany. She is represented by some of the leading jewellery gallery across

A Series of Artistic Commissions

A Series of Artistic Commissions, Falmouth and Exeter Universities Call for Proposals Falmouth and Exeter Universities would like to invite artists and designers to work with their students and staff to produce high quality artworks that function in or as, social spaces, to enhance interactivity on site at the Penryn Campus. Proposed Sites/Areas of Focus A unified design for bike, bus and smoking shelters - there are existing shelters, but these could be improved and given a new creative thought and unity. Around the 'Stannary' and 'Heart', working with the proposed configuration of the new ‘Social Space’ – this is

Maison Chaumet launches podcast series

Maison Chaumet has launched a new series of podcasts, ‘Virtuoso Conversations’. An extraordinary dive into the constantly renewed creativity and expertise of the very first jewellery Maison to establish itself on the mythical Place Vendôme. As the Maison is celebrating its 240th anniversary this year, Chaumet is orchestrating a series of expert and inspired conversations between artists, craftsmen, and its own virtuosos. Available on all major broadcast platforms, the first six episodes take turns addressing the themes of lightness, colour, and light. Meetings of minds that cultivate and shine a light on the Maison’s unique savoir-faire, the Chaumet virtuosity, thus

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All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2

Call for Applications: All That Glitters: Britain's Next Jewellery Star - Series 2 Twenty Twenty Productions Limited are responsible for making award winning programmes such as First Dates, The Choir, A House Through Time and most recently BBC’s Two’s brand new show, All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star and they are on the hunt for people to take part in the next series.  The current series is presented by Katherine Ryan and judged by industry experts Shaun Leane and Solange Azagury-Partridge and is on air from 8pm Tuesday 13 April, BBC2. Call for Applications - Series 2 ‘All That Glitters Britain’s Next Jewellery

LOEWE Launch 'LOEWE EN CASA' Series on Instagram Live

Founded in 1846, LOEWE may be one of the oldest luxury houses, but it never falls behind. In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, LOEWE have launched 'LOEWE EN CASA' (LOEWE at home) - a series of Intagram Live events and workshops to enjoy whilst we stay home.  The first series began last Friday, featuring a studio tour and weaving workshop with Idoia Cuesta, a studio tour with Goldsmith and LOEWE Craft Prize finalist Giovanni Corvaja, and an ikebana demonstration with Toru Watari.  The second phase of the lineup continues to celebrate craft and artisanship, exploring the words and the work [youtube

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch

Talking Practice: Making Form Book Launch Celebrating Contemporary British Fine Metalwork 17 October 2019 School of Jewellery, Birmingham Please join us at the launch of the innovative new ebook Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. During the event you will have the chance to hear, question and meet some of the internationally renowned designer-makers who feature in the book. The event special is part of the Talking Practice lecture series at Birmingham City University’s (BCU) School of Jewellery, to be held between 5pm and 7pm on Thursday 17 October. A BCU e-book by Kenneth Quickenden and Lee Hewett, entitled Making

Triple Parade 2018

Call for Applications: TRIPLE PARADE  The 4th TRIPLE PARADE Contemporary Jewellery Biennial  DIALOGUE across the PAST, the PRESENT, the FUTURE TRIPLE PARADE Biennial, an prestigious international exhibition event holds the success spirit and high qualified soul as a good mediator between East and West. From the very start of itis devoted to the core awakening in contemporary art, applied arts and design from a perspective of jewellery. 2018 This year, TRIPLE PARADE comes to the FOURTH celebration by the theme – DIALOGUE across the past, the present, the future.The event program ( exhibition, symposium, workshop, publication, lecture series ) will

Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery - JOYA Barcelona on Zoom

Origen Collective - Gold for Future:  Dialogues About Responsible Jewellery Zoom Lecture 5.00pm (GMT), 12 November 2020 As part of JOYA Barcelona part the Origen Collective invite attendees to a lecture via Zoom, of the Origen - Gold for Future collective, about the social commitment of Responsible Jewelry, on November 12 at 18:00 (Spanish time, 5.00pm UK time). The concern for social commitment and sustainability in jewellery is becoming more important nowadays. In this scenario, the Dialogues on Responsible Jewellery are presented as a space for exchange and debate around the challenges and opportunities of this new conception of jewellery

Artists Access to Art Colleges

Artists Access to Colleges along with host universities are offering 50 spots to artists and designers to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities which include: workships, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme.  AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists. Artists from 2017-2018 schemes can now reapply for this year's schemes. All applicants must have at least one year of professional practice. Only MA /PhD students can apply in the same year they graduate. Applicants should be able to work with minimal technical support. Applicants will be

The Making of a Silver Commission

The Making of a Silver Commission The Clothworkers’ Company hosts Contemporary British Silversmiths London Craft Week 2019 Friday 10 May 2019 In partnership with Contemporary British Silversmiths, the leading association for contemporary silver, The Clothworkers’ Company hosts a day of events, shining a light on the fascinating process of commissioning and making silver.Meet the makers during free demonstrations by award-winning silversmiths Miriam Hanid and Yusuke Yamamoto and learn about their live commissions for The Clothworkers’ Company during our lunchtime lecture. Both silversmiths have recently been commissioned to create major pieces for The Clothworkers’ Company. This one-day event offers visitors a

University Placements for 2019/20 with AA2A

University Placements available for 2019/20 - via AA2A AA2A and its host universities are offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2019 & April 2020 AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 Closing dates for applications vary, but all are in Sept 2019 Artists on

Golden Eyes: A Brief History Of Decorative Understanding @ K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Golden Eyes: A Brief History Of Decorative Understanding Lecture By Alex Estorick at K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery Cockpit Arts, London 26th February 2020 / 6:30 - 8:30pm  For centuries, decorative arts have been considered separately from fine art, with museums continuing to display functional, ‘applied‘ arts apart from those of primarily aesthetic consideration. Yet art‘s contemporary meaning has always depended on its decorative appearance. Proof of this lies in the almost uncanny similarity between the language employed in the 9th century to discuss Byzantine mosaics and that used to explain modernist paintings in the 20th. This talk seeks to come

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2018/9

53 AA2A places for artists and makers in 13 host universities across England The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering over 50 placements, giving artists and designer-makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops,   IT facilities, lending library, lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2018 and April 2019 AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 Closing dates for

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges)

The AA2A project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) is offering around 50 placements, giving artists and designer makers the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project using art college facilities e.g. workshops, IT facilities, lending library, and lecture programme. AA2A schemes aim to benefit students and institutions through their interaction with practising artists •       Access is free, for at least 100 hours, between Oct 2017 and April 2018 •       AA2A's Support Fund, primarily for artists on low income provides expenses up to £350 •       Closing dates for applications vary but

Crafts Council host FREE online expert discussions

Crafts Council host fortnightly expert discussions The Crafts Council have announced the launch of a series of online discussions which will cover funding, legal advice, e-commerce and website optimisation. The events will be free online discussions with industry experts to support craft businesses.  For more information and to book www.eventbrite.co.uk

Dragons’ Den and The Workbench

The Workbench: Best-friends-turned-jewellers appear on prime-time BBC One TV show after world-first ring carving kits shake up jewellery industry. Best friends Katie and Kirstie built their business after a eureka moment during a craft night with friends. The new series of Dragons’ Den saw this week The Workbench girls pitch their business  on the BBC programme. The Workbench, the world’s first design-your-own ring carving kit, is the result of a lightbulb moment in 2014 between best friends - founders Katie and Kirstie who appeared on the finale episode of the 18th series of Dragons’ Den on the 8th July pitching

In The Close Distance - Jeff Lowe in Exhibition

Artist Jeff Lowe presents a series of sculptural jewellery alongside his monumental metal sculptures and vibrant screenprints in his 2020 solo exhibition In The Close Distance at Pangolin London. The exhibition is on until 22 February 2020 and marks a major shift in the artist’s usual aesthetic through a change in technique, material and bold use of colour. His newest series uses curved sheets of painted aluminium which form circular structures, revealing layers and overlap. The internationally acclaimed sculptor Jeff Lowe came to prominence in 1974 with his first one man show at the prestigious Leicester Galleries in Londonʼs Cork

New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers

Call for Aplications: New TV Show seeks Jewellery Makers Twenty Twenty, the production company and producer of Gareth Malone’s ‘The Choir’ TV series is looking for talented jewellery makers for a new exciting development for the BBC. The idea, called ‘ All That Glitters... ’ (working title) is currently being developed for BBC Two, and would be a contest based series around jewellery making.  Whether you are a small scale, independent artisan jewellery maker or hobbyist ready to turn your passion into a business, we want to hear from you. Those taking part are likely to be contemporary, traditional and bespoke

Catherine Hills Jewellery Launch Rose Gold Collection

The luscious, rich glow of rose gold is the hue to be seen in this Summer season. The launch of two exquisite new collections by Catherine Hills is therefore very timely. Known for her romantic but edgy style, Catherine’s jewellery emphasises movement and texture. The new Oval Series and Cross Series are no exception, showcasing handcrafted, fluid forms which move with the wearer. The striking Cross Drop Earrings, Cross Necklace, Cross Bracelet and Cross Ring feature finely interlinked crosses which are crafted from rose gold plated silver.    For the evening, flaunt your neckline with the dramatic Cross Collar Necklace which

Jeff Lowe at Pangolin London

In the close distance -  Jeff Lowe 15th January – 11th February 2020 Pangolin London A solo exhibition by influential British sculptor Jeff Lowe at Pangolin London has been announced for January 2020. Open from 15th January – 11th February 2020, the exhibition will feature a series of Lowe’s largescale sculptures alongside smaller works and prints and mark a shift in Lowe’s usual aesthetic through a change in technique, material and bold use of colour.  Jeff Lowe’s new series of largescale sculptures are shaped from curved sheets of aluminium, folded in and around each other, forming abstract circular structures. Cutting silhouettes into the aluminium

In Pursuit of Luxury Podcast

In Pursuit of Luxury has just launched its podcast  In conversation with Bijou Abiola. In the podcast Shaun Borstrock interviews Bijou Abiola in a series on visionary women in luxury. Bijou and Shaun discuss what is happening today in luxury retail and the important role digital plays.  She says she envisions a day when she won’t be the only woman or the only black woman in the room. www . inpursuitofluxury . com Author:  Published: 

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Artist Blacksmith Commission, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum wish to appoint an artist to produce a series of interpretive sculptures to complement the tour interpretation. The overall atmospheric feel we aim to create for the visitor is one of a mine which has closed and is inhabited with hints of the former workers. Therefore, much of the interpretation will use clever lighting and soundscapes to give the impression of mine workers. To complement these we want a few set pieces which will be photo opportunities for the visitor. Most of these sculptures do not want to be

21 GRAMS

21 GRAMS BeCraft Galerie, Belgique 23.06.2019 → 08.09.2019 An exhibition initiated by the China Academy of Art, in collaboration with BeCraft, the Handwerk München Gallery (DE), the Legnica Gallery of Art (PL) and the CODA Museum (PB) Does the soul exist? If so, what is its consistency? And where will she lodge? Rational or not, the answer depends on the personal beliefs of everyone. At the beginning of this hypothesis, that of the weight of the soul - which should be equivalent to 21 grams - a series of world artists set the tone. Driven by aspirations (in) consciously influenced by

Anna Lewis: Stay

In the series Stay, Anna Lewis investigates the aesthetic, symbolic and costume imagery of the Victorian era, starting from an antique corset made of whalebone, linen and silk, dated 1780 writes Ilaria Ruggiero. The corset is an object of conflict and contrast; it represents both control and support. A ubiquitous object and outward symbol of self-control, or social control by men. The corset is a political element, for her it is symbolic of discipline, beauty and sexuality yet hides a dark truth by painfully punishing the body in order to fit this feminine ideal. The restriction of this tight cage, crushing

Meet the (IPG) Masters at IJL

Meet the Masters The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths at IJL 2018 The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths [IPG] proudly presents Meet the Masters, a series of demonstrations by Fellows of the institute. These master craftspeople will be displaying their skills and taking questions from visitors at the IPG stand, E149, at International Jewellery London. This is a  fantastic opportunity to meet some of the most highly skilled and experienced veterans in our industry. Come and see them  at work, find out more about the Institute and perhaps become a member yourself. The Institute of Professional Goldsmiths (IPG) is an organisation that

Cloudy - Mah Rana

Gallery S O is very pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by jewellery artist Mah Rana. The brooches on display are a visual and material exploration on the theme of clouds, and the transient nature of our moods and perceptions. The show will also include a film concerned with the personal connections to the jewellery we wear, edited by Andreea Bogdan. The film is part of a Meanings and Attachments commission by the Crafts Council for the Acts of Making Festival in 2015. Meanings and Attachments (2002- ongoing) is a worldwide series of public-participation events that so

Lettering Project

Lettering artist wanted for project with Ditchling Primary School, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft The purpose of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is to present the story and historical context of the artists and craft workers who lived and worked in Ditchling and its surrounding communities since 1900. This is to be achieved through the acquisition, organisation, presentation and interpretation of relevant and related objects and information and their deployment for public display, research and learning. The Project The museum is looking for a lettering artist to run a series of workshops with Ditchling (St Margaret’s) CE Primary

Public Art Commission, Mill Road, Cambridge

Expressions of interest are invited from artists with experience of working in the public realm to develop a site-specific artwork, or series of artworks. The artwork should enhance the setting for the new student accommodation and reference the unique heritage and context of Mill Road, Cambridge.  There is a vibrant cultural and business scene within Mill Road and engagement with the community and students at Anglia Ruskin University throughout the development process is a requirement. The Brief: www.placeservices.co.uk Budget for the Project: £46,000. Project Completion Date: February 2018 For more information and to download a copy of the brief please

Secret Images of Randox Health Grand National Trophy Revealed

For the first time in the Grand National’s history a new trophy will be designed every year during the sponsorship with the global diagnostics company Randox Health. The first of the five new trophies will be unveiled at the highly anticipated Weights Evening Reception on Tuesday 14th February. For first time in race’s history, the sponsor will create a unique trophy each year Miniature versions of the trophy will also be presented to the jockey, trainer and groom Over the next two weeks, a series of teaser images will be revealed, leading to up the grand unveil at the Weights

News Edit: 23 May 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Designer Flora Bhattachary Shares Her Thoughts On The Jewellery Industry Asia Tatler: The British designer sheds some light on her influences and thoughts on the jewellery industry. asiatatler.com Lacock jeweller takes on All That Glitters TV challenges Wiltshire Times: A Lacock jeweller has taken on intricate challenges from the BBC series All that Glitters. www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk Gobbins Crafts Jewellery Studio becomes 11th NI Tourism Business to be granted Économusée Status News letter: Gobbin’s Crafts, a jewellery studio in Islandmagee is the 11th business in Northern Ireland to be granted

Actinia by Raluca Buzura wins the Gold International Design Award

The Spanish porcelain brand obtains international recognition for its latest jewellery collection created by the renowned Romanian designer  As part of the International Design Awards 2020 (IDA), Lladró was the recipient of the Gold Award in the Jewelry category for its Actinia collection created by Romanian designer Raluca Buzura. Actinia is a series of seven dazzlingly beautiful pieces that submerge us in Raluca’s fascinating imagination and concentrate on the true essence of luxury while at once defending the magic of underwater life. Now in its 14th year, the International Design Awards 2020 have been the most successful in its history.

The Business of Jewellery with Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates Talk, Sarabande Foundation

The Business of Jewellery with Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates Sarabande Foundation, London 12 November 2019 Running a business can be hard, and finding the information you need can be even harder. For our Jewellery series we welcome Alex Monroe and Jos Skeates to explore the business of jewellery, with a crucial focus in managing a small business, production and how to scale production. With over 20 years of experience within the business of jewellery, and seeking out the best amongst emerging British and international jewellery brands, Jos Skeates of boutique store ECOne Jewellery has developed an excellent view of

Call for Applications: Brands of Tomorrow 2021

Call for Applications: Brands of Tomorrow 2021 Brands of Tomorrow helps aspiring British luxury companies of the future to fulfil their potential, through a year of mentoring, workshops and networking. Over the past 13 years Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow programme has helped develop and nurture over 120 emerging luxury brands, and has proudly seen them become leaders in their respective fields. Many of those that have participated have not only grown significantly, but also found international success – Orlebar Brown, Bremont, Nyetimber, Emilia Wickstead, Miller Harris, Astley Clarke, amongst others. During the programme the selected brands attend a series of

AA2A Project (Artists Access to Art Colleges) 2020

AA2A Digital This year, in response to the current environment, AA2A are launching 'AA2A Digital', a fully digital version of the AA2A scheme. The package includes a programme of artist seminars, professional web profiles for students, a series of self-employment talk videos and tailored information pack, all designed to support students to help them develop a career as a creative practitioner. As last years' placements were cut short, AA2A will not be recruiting new artists in 2020.   Full student employability support package - £1,400 Watch our 4 minute video   Self-employment support Self-employment presentations  - 3 x 40 min videos

Hopper Prize

Call for Applications: The Hopper Prize Grants for Artists The Hopper Prize is a grant-making institution and digital archiving platform offering a series of individual artist grants on a bi-annual basis totaling $10,000.00 USD. The Hopper Prize was established to provide grants, visibility, and career enhancing validation to artists who demonstrate a serious commitment to their work. We accept submissions for grants through a bi-annual open call. Each grant cycle is juried by a new team of contemporary curators who select grant winners on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future potential. We view the field of

Great Scots in Isolation @ The Scottish Gallery

Great Scots  The Scottish Gallery Online 3 - 27 June 2020 The Scottish Gallery are pleased to introduce  Great Scots in Isolation , which is a series of short 1-2 minute films by Scottish Gallery artists from Scotland, UK and internationally. The Scottish Gallery wants to show solidarity to all at this time of isolation and let you into our artists' worlds.  When the country went into lockdown on the 23rd March 2020, our lives changed dramatically. As the world around us closed down, our instinct was to reach out to our artists and allow them to have a voice [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube [youtube

Vasundhara: An Interaction

I admit to be attracted by those experiments that mix traditions and contemporary life, if they are successful, like the new series of works called An Interaction and created by Vasundhara Mantri, an Indian designer with an international background writes Ilaria Ruggiero. In this case the experimentation is even more interesting, given the use of glass, an unusual material in Indian culture and history. The designer expresses creativity in experimentation as if it were a new awakening, which requires an approach made up of precision, confidence and control: "Art is forged in emotion. Wearable art must follow its own journey. As it

All That Glitters 2020

Call for Applications: All That Glitters Twenty Twenty Productions. Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Application deadline brought forward - now 29 November 2019 Twenty Twenty Productions are very pleased to announce that they have recently been commissioned to make a very exciting series for BBC Two where we will be embarking on a talent search to find Britain’s most brilliant jewellery maker. Unfolding inside a specially built workshop, this six-part contest is built on the extraordinary skills of eight talented jewellers from all walks of life. Twenty Twenty Productions are looking for both amateurs and professionals to work with the most valuable

Early Career Silver Group

Call for Applications: Silver Society's Early Career Silver Group The Silver Society have created an  ‘Early Career Silver Group’ (ECSG). The group sets out to nurture members at a relatively early stage of their ‘journey with silver’ including collectors, students, and early professionals in the silver world such as curators, dealers and silversmiths. The ECSG will host a series of activities, alongside the core events of the society, in a more informal ambiance and taking account of work/study commitments of young professionals and students, to ease their way into the silver world. All those under the age of 35 at

Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair

Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair 23-28 March 2021 We are now accepting applications to exhibit at the second edition of Handmade Interact | The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair. Be a part of a carefully curated event of diverse UK-based contemporary makers. The Interactive Virtual Craft Fair will provide fresh, on-demand content, where visitors will experience the fair through a series of interactive “Live Sessions”, “Workshops”, “Demonstrations” and more with our exhibitors. See what we got up to during our first edition in November 2020 here. Whilst open to all, this new edition will focus on Women in

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream, ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’

East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship’ The London Design Academy 9.30am, Saturday 29 August 2020  The exciting international educational initiative – The London Design Academy (LDA) –  continues the global educational debate this weekend with the second in a series of online global forums, East and West Dialogue: One World One Dream,  ‘How to Develop the Sustainability of National Craftsmanship'  live online on Saturday 29 August 2020 9.30am     With the world facing unprecedented economic and social challenges in the aftermath of COVID 19, these forums are themed to the

European Regional Roundtable on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion

Generation Equality – SDG 5 in action, European Regional Roundtable Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)  Description As part of our SDG 5 Gender Equality in action series, the RJC would like to invite you to the European Regional Roundtable on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion to be held on the 21st April 2021. During this roundtable we will be exploring the importance of private sector action to promote gender-equality and create more respectful and inclusive workplaces for all. We will explore why the issue of diversity and inclusion is relevant, how companies can action across value chains, but most importantly, we will

Chaumet’s new ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

The maison’s latest pieces celebrate nature in all its forms writes Jodie Smith. The French maison was founded in 1780, in Paris, and its prestige was quickly certified when they became the official jeweller to Empress Josephine. In the 235 year history of the brand, Chaumet has been faithful to its natural inspiration, with numerous iterations of this theme. In this new series of pieces, Chaumet celebrates flora and fauna with a whole host of jewellery designs, including captivating brooches and cocktail rings which are perfect for occasionwear. These latest jewels vary wildly between the traditional, vintage style brooches of the

Artisan Paul Wayne Gregory creates a giant Rotary Greenwich Timepiece replica from Chocolate for C4's Extreme Chocolate Makers

Last week, Rotary made its TV debut on the Channel 4 show, Extreme Chocolate Makers. The new series follows chocolatiers from around the UK as they tackle tricky builds and complicated commissions in an attempt to deliver a little bit of chocolate heaven. Ahead of its 125th birthday, Rotary commissioned Paul Wayne Gregory, of the TV show, to create a griant-sized replica of one of their most popular watches. The Greenwich timepiece, is a particularly challenging feat in chocolatiering- with its skeletal detailing and intricately detailed face. Image caption or copyright  Paul, who creates bespoke chocolate commissions for a living, has

The Future of Luxury

'The Future of Luxury  ' Italy-America Chamber of Commerce (IACC) Luxury Summit 2021 Wednesday, January 27th 2021 The IACC's fourth annual Luxury Summit, organized in partnership with the Luxury Institute, explores the future of luxury through the lens of post-pandemic consumer habits. Top luxury leaders and industry experts will share their knowledge and expertise in a series of interactive panel discussions, bookended by opening and closing remarks from Alberto Milani, IACC President and Senior Luxury Advisor, Richline Group a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Virtual Event will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 9:00AM to 12:00PM EST REGISTER TO ATTEND HERE

The Goldsmiths’ Company Delivers the Largest Conference in the World to Date to Address Jewellery Materials

Last week, the Goldsmiths’ Company delivered the first Jewellery Materials Congress. The conference, which is the largest conference world-wide to address jewellery technology, was created to support the jewellery and silverware community, by providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge to better the industry, free of commercialisation.  Over the two-day conference, a wide agenda of topics was addressed through a series of talks and Q&A, broadly categorised by four themes: academic research, visions of the industry, and artisan and industrial materials manufacture. These talks were delivered by a panel of eighteen international speakers, including keynotes delivered by Eddie Bell,

Benchpeg Guest Judges for Vanilla Ink's Project C/O/N/N/E/C/T

Vanilla Ink, Scotland’s unique jewellery school, have been keeping jewellers sane in lockdown with a series of weekly projects. Fuelled by their commitment to staying connected and a deep passion for making, Scott and the team at Vanilla Ink have taken their skills online to help keep the jewellery community entertained and engaged. This week, Benchpeg was delighted to judge the design of the week as part of their project C/O/N/N/E/C/T. Project C/O/N/N/E/C/T sits in a trifecta of online offerings, including ‘Big Answers With Scott (BAWS)’, a weekly topic-led Q&A session with Scott himself, and ‘INKapacitated Sessions’, a weekly Facebook

Celestial Inspired Jewellery

Jewellers turn to celestial bodies for design inspiration time and time again, with some of the biggest names in fine jewellery returning to star, sun and planet motifs for 2019. These forms are both familiar and yet magical to us, becoming part of the pantheon of jewellery history for many collectors and admirers writes Jodie Smith. Cartier Released during Paris haute couture week, Cartier introduced an entire galaxy of 14 limited edition pieces of jewellery in ‘Les Galaxies de Cartier.’ This is the first in the series of Cartier’s collections based on the mission statement: ‘Explore New, Create Amazing’, and

Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter

As part of our lockdown chats series, this week Benchpeg catches up with Karin Paynter. Its a long one, but worth a listen, as we go through Karin's career, and the skill sets she developed intentionally and unintentionally along the way. Karin is an Independent Consultant, the Strategic Lead for Contemporary British Silversmiths and the Creative Director of ERA5050, a campaign for gender balance on British Stage and Screen. [youtube url=http://youtu.be/O0qcGGd67C0] She’s also a Medway trained Jeweller and Silversmith, with an MA from the Royal College of Art, is an award winning Silversmith in her own right, has

This Autumn Yields Beautiful Garland Jewellery By Fiona McAlear

Fiona McAlear’s obsession with flowers as adornments - from Ceasaresque wreaths to the wild floral hair arrangements of the flower-children of the 1960’s - is apparent throughout her body of work, with previous collections named Ivy, Garland and Forget-Me-Not. Her newest release ‘Pomona’, the first mini-series within the wider ‘BLOOM’ collection, is no exception.  Dwelling in British Columbia, Canada over the past two years cemented McAlear’s affection for the beauty in nature. The timely collection Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Orchards, fruits and Gardens, and is particularly associated with the Autumn harvest. McAlear acknowledges that the collection was named for

New Fairtrade Gold Jewellery Collection Re-imagined

Alison Macleod Jewellery, a Scottish based fine jewellery designer has launched her new ‘Silhouette Collection’, a range that celebrates the exquisite elements that make up her jewellery, from the lustrous fair trade gold to brilliant-cut diamonds that adorn some of the key pieces. Alison is part of a select group of jewellery designers representing Scotland at New York Jewellery Week taking place between the 16th and 22nd of November. 'I am excited to present the new Silhouette Collection, a series of simple silhouettes with a nod to traditional love tokens, amulets and good luck charms, each piece celebrating the lustrous

Installation VOID Showcases the Hidden Galaxies Within Gemfields' Gemstones

As part of London Design Festival, an installation seeks to venture into the depths of gemstones, showcasing the chasms inside and amplifying them to cavernous proportions. Designer Dan Tobin Smith and creative studio The Experience Machine, in partnership with Gemfields, present VOID; a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Music Hall, Islington. The immersive experience allows visitors to travel through a series of large-scale projections, exploiting the intricate beauty in nature. A selection of Mozambican rubies and Zambian emeralds from Gemfields’ mines, which date back millions of years, are brought to life through photography of tiny microcosms magnified. Expanding the gemstones

Casting Call - Bling

Casting Call: Bling - A New Jewellery Show Twofour , an award winning television production company based in the South West, are in production of a brand new presenter-led TV series Bling! and are looking for people who would like to take part and visit our one-stop jewellery shop; a place where you can not only buy and sell your items, but also get new pieces made and old treasures fixed. British high street jewellers come in all shapes and sizes, as do their customers, from the nervous young man looking for the perfect engagement ring to someone who has inherited

As Above, So Below at Gallery S O

So Above, So Below: Kathleen Reilly 5 April – 26 May 2019 Gallery S O, London "It hits my nose before I think to notice. Brace." Gallery S O is very pleased to announce a solo-exhibition by Scottish artist and metalworker Kathleen Reilly. She presents an installation of new and existing work. The exhibition will include for the first-time a series of Reilly’s poetic writings following the theme of As Above, So Below. With this new exhibition, the audience is invited to draw parallels between her writings and the tangible outcomes, creating contemplative and subtle connections between these two facets of

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council reports on Covid-19 survey results

A survey with 120 respondents carried out by  The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council  has found that Covid-19 is adversely impacting designer-makers across the UK, driving it to announce a series of new initiatives to support, connect and inspire isolated craftspeople during this time. In a survey shared with silversmiths, jewellery designers, manufacturers, apprentices and those working in allied trades, The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) sought to understand the current needs, concerns and mood of its audience in order to best support them during this time. Among key results and feedback from over 120 respondents, the GC&DC reports:

INHORGENTA MUNICH 2021 is cancelled

Due to the ongoing travel and contact restrictions designed to stop the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic, Messe München has decided to cancel INHORGENTA MUNICH 2021. The decision was taken in detailed consultation with the advisory board, as well as exhibitors, visitors and partners of Europe’s leading platform for jewelry, watches and gemstones. The focus is now on preparing for a successful INHORGENTA MUNICH 2022—scheduled to take place from February 11 to 14—and on further developing the digital INHORGENTA TRENDFACTORY. The next edition of this series will be held in the fall of this year. Last November, Messe München

Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan

Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan Asia House, London 14 -17 September 2019 Renowned jewellery artist and innovator, Wallace Chan, will be presenting his first solo show in London, Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, at Asia House from 14-17 September 2019. It is Wallace Chan's first-ever solo exhibition in London, and the last in a series of three international exhibitions, following presentations at Crosby Street Hotel, New York in November 2018 and Christie’s Gallery Hong Kong in January 2019. It is also the first time that The Wallace Chan Porcelain will be introduced to art lovers and connoisseurs in

Wallace Chan to present first-ever solo exhibition in London

Renowned jewellery artist and innovator, Wallace Chan, will be presenting his first solo show in London, Shapeshifter: The Multiverse of Wallace Chan, at Asia House from 14-17 September 2019. Hera Brooch and Ring It is Wallace Chan's first-ever solo exhibition in London, and the last in a series of three international exhibitions, following presentations at Crosby Street Hotel, New York in November 2018 and Christie’s Gallery Hong Kong in January 2019. It is also the first time that The Wallace Chan Porcelain will be introduced to art lovers and connoisseurs in London. The exhibition will feature 20 jewellery pieces realised

Media to catch up on whilst in lockdown

We’ve compiled a list of catch up TV, radio and podcasts which you might find useful to while away the hours whilst on lockdown. TV BBC - Handmade https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05ttnd7/broadcasts/upcoming Episode 1 Filmed without voiceover or music, this film is an absorbing portrait of the complex processes behind the crafting of a steel knife by bladesmith Owen Bush. BBC - Secrets of the Museum Unique arts series venturing behind the scenes at the world famous museum of art, design and performance, the V&A. www.bbc.co.uk Episodes containing jewellery: Episode 6 Behind the scenes at the V&A, transporting a unique car is a

Funded Residencies - Cove Park

Funded Residencies - Cove Park Cove Park offers funded residencies throughout the year. These opportunities are awarded following an open call and application process, or via nomination and direct invitation. Residents are given the time, space, freedom and financial support to concentrate upon the development of their own work. This programme supports those wishing to focus upon specific projects and those aiming to develop new ideas without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. This is enhanced through a series of events designed to promote discussion between all the artists on residency.  Residents receive a fee, private and self-catering accommodation,

The Goldsmiths' Company Jewellery Materials Congress

The Goldsmiths' Company Jewellery Materials Congress Monday, 8 - Tuesday, 9 July 2019 Goldsmiths' Hall, London The Goldsmiths' Company will be holding its first Jewellery Meterials Conference from 8 to 9 July 2019 at Goldsmiths’ Hall. This Congress forms part of a series of activities designed to advance and disseminate knowledge and to encourage research and its exploitation in the field of jewellery & silverware technology.  About the Congress The Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office will be holding a major international conference on 8 and 9 July 2019, at Goldsmiths' Hall.  The Jewellery Materials Congress will support the jewellery and silverware community by providing a collaborative,

Giovanni Corvaja Talk, Sarabande Foundation

Inspiration Series | Giovanni Corvaja in conversation with Russell Cassleton Elliot Sarabande Foundation, London 5 November 2019 Turning gold into fibre and building a Laboratory High Vacuum Chamber in his studio; Giovanni Corvaja may as well be dubbed the Jesus of Fine Jewellery. Bringing novel and bewildering approaches to his craft and the world of jewellery, and adding 'inventor' and 'innovator' to his extensive list of accolades, Giovanni will be joined by Russell Cassleton Elliot.   A truly fascinating and inspirational conversation awaits you all - tickets are limited so don't miss out! Not many can say they’ve mastered the art

Henryka marks World Oceans Day with new sea life designs

The campaign to protect the oceans from plastics and other garbage is gaining momentum and British jewellery maker Henryka has signed up with a commitment to reducing waste and by extending its sea themed range to draw attention to World Oceans Day on June 8th. Blue Planet II, the hit BBC TV series that delivered a clear and shocking message about the scale of the  plastics problem and the harm it was doing to the ocean's ecological systems, has triggered a flurry of interest in all things related to saving the oceans, including jewellery featuring designs of sea animals under

Alex Monroe launches new Jewellery School

One of Britain's best known jewellery designers Alex Monroe has launched a jewellery school in his recently completed award-winning studio in Bermondsey in London where he will take the lead in passing on his techniques and passion in a series of themed tutorials. After months of planning and preparation, the ‘Alex Monroe Jewellery School’ will open this month, launching with a theme special to Monroe. It has been 10 years since he launched his iconic and much admired Bumblebee necklace and finally he will let his first 10 Jewellery School customers  into his secret as to how it came about,

Birmingham's historic JW Evans silver factory goes global

A glimpse into Britain's bygone age of silver has been rolled out to a worldwide audience after the historic JW Evans Silver Factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter was chosen to feature in a new series of virtual tours produced by English Heritage and Google Arts and Culture. Until now, the 19th century silversmith factory, which opened in 1881 and closed 127 years later with all the old tools, machinery and half-finished silverware still in place, has been open just two days a fortnight, offering guided tours only. But after the new partnership, between English Heritage who bought it from the

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker

K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery presents Ute Decker As an ongoing series of talks and seminars by makers, artists and jewellerswe are very happy to be presenting Ute Decker as our inaugural speaker and would like to invite you to this talk. Ute Decker is a pioneer of the global ethical jewellery movement and one of the first worldwide to work in Fairtrade Gold. She is best known for her minimalist, architectural jewellery art. Her innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting gold and silver into expressive three-dimensional “geometric poetry” make her pieces unique. In this talk she will share

Sixteen of the World’s Best Emerging Fashion Designers to Exhibit in London at the International Fashion Showcase 2019

The International Fashion Showcase (IFS) nurtures and presents work from the best up-and-coming fashion talent from around the world. The biennial fashion presentation is a partnership between the British Council, British Fashion Council, London College of Fashion, UAL and Somerset House. For London Fashion Week this February, the showcase has a new format. For the first time, 16 selected designers from across the globe will showcase a series of compelling installations to represent their respective country. The designers will explore politics, sustainability, identity and heritage and show their latest designs in immersive environments. The 16 countries represented are: Bangladesh, Brazil,

News Edit: 15 April 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news... ‘Forensic jeweller’ to take starring role in BBC crime programme The Courier: A Dundee University student who is on track to become the world’s first “forensic jeweller” will appear on a BBC historical crime series on Monday. www.thecourier.co.uk   Back to black: jewellery turns to the dark side How to Spend it:   Black is inspiring innovation, as jewellery designers explore unorthodox materials and game-changing applications in a quest for the perfect hue. howtospendit.ft.com   The Best Sculptural Jewellery To Buy Right Now The Times: This season’s designs are clean, sculptural

Elements 2018

Call for Applications: Elements 2018 Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold is returning to Edinburgh from 19-21 October 2018. Following the great success of its first three years, Elements 2018 will see the finest jewellers and silversmiths from across the UK come together for Scotland’s only selling fair of contemporary jewellery and silver, an exhibition, and a series of events. Where Lyon & Turnbull, 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR When 19-21 October 2018 Application Deadline Midnight, 4 March 2018 Eligibility requirements To be eligible to exhibit at Elements, you must meet the following criteria: Currently living and

Cooksongold Mark 100th Year Anniversary with New Store Opening

Cooksongold, the UK’s largest jewellery making supplier, is celebrating 100 years of being at the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. The old shop layout In 1918 Cooksongold, established a manufacturing site and sales office on Vittoria Street, to serve both jewellery manufacturers and industrial users in the Midlands area. The business grew considerably in the early years constantly expanding its range of products and production facilities, and as a result bought the premises next door for use as production areas, stock holdings and a store. Following a series of further acquisitions the business has expanded further to form the Cooksongold

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On

Class of 2017: Structural Composition & One Year On To launch 2018, NCCD is proud to present two exhibitions showcasing work by artists who we’re tipping to be the future stars of the craft & design world in our new exhibitions Class Of 2017: Structural Composition and One Year On. Each year our Class Of series of exhibitions highlights the work of a number of new graduates chosen from the New Designers event which takes place in London. At New Designers the finest graduating students from art and design courses from across the UK are chosen to exhibit their work,

Brian Hill Awarded Outstanding Contribution to Industry

Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Consultant Secretary recognised for his dedication and drive to support those working in the UK jewellery and silversmithing trades. Brian Hill, Consultant Secretary of the Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council, has been honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards. Held at the Honourable Artillery Club in London, the evening recognised a series of design, retail and marketing talent working in the UK industry, culminating with the Outstanding Contribution Award, awarded to Brian Hill for his 52 years of commitment and drive to promote, advance and future-proof skills

Call for Applications Hothouse 2019

Call for Applications: Hothouse 2019 Crafts Council  Applications are now open for Hothouse, a programme of creative and business development, which provides talented new makers with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful creative business. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018 and the programme starts in Jaunary 2019. Hothouse is unique in being a nationally recruiting programme which takes place at a series of leading centres of craft activity around the country, maximising opportunities for you to broaden horizons and build diverse networks. This national outlook is balanced with a personalised approach to learning. The workshop and

Icelandic Designer, Aurum, to Release Collection Inspired Norse Sea Goddess Rán

Rán admires her reflection in the sea, bathes in the sun and her shadow dances with the waves. Rán has the ability to nourish the eyes and the spirit and the will to draw guests to Aurum, where she wraps around their wrists, fingers and cheek, cherishes them and gives new life. The new collection, due to be released online on 29th March, is one of a series inspired by Norse mythology; Rán is the final story from Aurum’s three sisters collections and her predecessors the Norse Sea Goddesses Sindur and Kolga launched last year. Aurum takes inspiration from the

Mari Funaki Award Announce 2018 Winners

Benedikt Fischer, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery in the Established category for his series of five Pearly Whites brooches, made from shell, mother of pearl, remanium and sculpey. Benedikt receives A$8000 (£4,379.78) and his work will enter the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (subject to approval of the Board of Trustees). The judges said of this work: "What stands out in these pieces is the freshness and humour, as well as the incredible material resolution and skill. It’s difficult to work with shell and create something that isn’t

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council

Public Artist or Spatial Designer for Public Art Vision, Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council is inviting Expressions of Interest from Artists and Designers to produce an Artistic Vision for Public Art for a new neighbourhood being developed in the town.  The Vision will be used as a ‘road map’ to commission a series or sequence of physical works for installation either on site or at strategic locations relating to the site.  EBC wish to commission an innovative, exciting and engaging response to the site that is well presented and coherent in its themes, placements and functions. Please email the

Inhorgenta Hosts 5th Trendfactory in London

The 5th Inhorgenta Trendfactory in the vibrant city of London has once again shown how important it is for the international jewellery and watch sector to share information all year round. On 30 October more than 50 guests from trade and industry came to the historical Goldsmiths’ Hall to make new contacts and discuss future trends. The Inhorgenta Trendfactory is now an established forum for the sector, where companies can discuss current and future growth trends. Inhorgenta Munich, the international trade fair for watches, jewellery and precious stones, has been on tour with a series of events since 2015 and

Nexus

Nexus at the Ruthin Craft Centre ‘Nexus’: a connection or a series of connections linking two or more things This exhibition looks at some of the ways in which 21st -century artists and makers are changing preconceptions about their art forms. Jewellery, silversmithing, textiles and ceramics all have long histories and deep-rooted traditions behind them. Today their familiar, often restricting, boundaries are being expanded by makers taking leaps of imagination and devising fresh approaches to the way they work. Several pieces in this exhibition are hybrids that are impossible to categorise. The exhibitors in Nexus are linked by great technical skill,

Royal favourite Claudia Bradby launches new collection

Just ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to Megan Markle, jewellery designer Claudia Bradby, who is a personal friend to Britain's hottest young royals has launched a brand new collection which includes a 'mother and baby' pendant designed in collaboration with the HRH Duchess of Cambridge. For Bradby, whose ITN News anchor husband Tom scooped the official royal engagement interview with William and Kate back in 2010, 'Personalise' marks a shift in focus since this is her first customisable collection, aimed principally at gift purchasers. It comprises a series of silver and pearl charms, made from sterling silver and coated in

Kelvin J Birk: From the hegemony of value to the freedom of form

Kelvin J Birk loves to explore the concept of value in jewellery, and he does so through the provocation that characterizes his creative process writes Ilaria Ruggiero. His creations are in fact the result of a series of actions to break and pulverise precious stones, which are thus deprived of their first and original form and structure in order to create something new; in some ways the same, but also different. The stones are then mixed together, in some cases with non-precious materials, thus playing with the altered perceptions that such a mixture can create. In this way Kelvin questions what

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone

1 Year Contemporary Jewellery Course at City Lit with Elizabeth Bone 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Delve into the world of contemporary jewellery and develop your skills in drawing, design, critical thinking and technical skills. This rigorous, multi-disciplinary, certificated, level two equivalent year long course is suitable for intermediate to  advanced jewellers. Get to grips with a series of practical projects which will culminate in an end of year public exhibition.  Course Dates 17 January 2019 - 21 November 2019  Time 10:30 - 16:30  Location Keeley Street  Tutor Elizabeth Bone For more information www.citylit.ac.uk/courses What is the course

Theo Fennell collaborates with Peter Harrington books

Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller, has collaborated with its London neighbour, British jewellery designer Theo Fennell, to launch a new exhibition within the Theo Fennell gallery in Fulham Road, which is on until Thursday 12th July. The exhibition features rare Peter Harrington books from the 15th to 20th century including Goldfinger, The Secret Garden, The Arabian Nights, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and The Complete Pooh Series which have been paired with Theo Fennell related jewellery pieces, including The Colosseum Ring, The Henry V Brooch, The Oscar Wilde Ring, The Empty Quarter Ring and the Emerald City Ring.

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Meet the Maker - From nature to artifice in Art Jewellery

Hortus Conclusus - Donna Brennan Contemporary Applied Arts Working with stones, minerals, gold and silver, my work explores the dichotomy between nature and artifice… transporting stones and minerals from the realm of nature into the realm of culture. Donna Brennan is a fine art jeweller who has adopted a cross-disciplinary approach to photography and sculptural jewellery, crafting a narrative from image to object which blurs the dichotomy between fine art and applied art. Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals, stones, gold, bronze

Take a tour of London Craft Week 2018

Jewellery is expected to play a major part in drawing in the crowds at the upcoming London Craft Week which starts on Wednesday May 9th amid what is regarded as a golden age of creative talent in Britain. The week-long event promises endless opportunities to network and share innovative ideas for anyone involved in designing, making or simply buying and wearing contemporary British jewellery. Throughout the five days, events will be hosted across a series of iconic venues across London by some of industry's most revered brands, including the Goldsmith Company which has teamed up with Fortnum & Mason to

Gabrielle Desmarais - Simple shapes and powerful shades

Colours, fun and lightness define the beautiful jewellery by Gabrielle Desmarais writes Ilaria Ruggiero. Colours, fun and lightness define the beautiful jewellery by Gabrielle Desmarais. Her production ranges from one of kind pieces to limited series creations as the latest colourful Achromat, made of hand-painted and hand-carved Wood. The collection is playful, as the same name suggests: achromatic means  ‘without colours’, and it is in fact just a funny provocations because her pieces are everything but achromatic. Simple shapes and powerful shades combined and mixed for an everyday look. We addressed her some questions about her past and background. Where does

Ishtar Liljefors' crowns shaped by cranes and Game of Thrones

If Ishtar Liljefors’ designs remind you of tiaras and rings worn in the American fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, it will come as no surprise to learn that not only does Ishtar take inspiration from her Scandinavian roots but her mum Maria is a costume designer who actually worked on the iconic television programme. It was photographs of her grandmother’s wedding day in Swedish Lapland and the bridal crown she was wearing that proved a trigger for Ishtar's early fascination with jewellery but in shaping her most recent collection, she turned to nature to add a new and unique

Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2019

Call for Applications: Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair 2019 Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh 8th - 10th of November 2019 Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair is a glittering celebration of 50 of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Elements Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair is a glittering celebration of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Held on the 8th - 10th of November in the beautiful Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms, Elements brings 50 designer-makers to Edinburgh for a selling fair, an exhibition, and a series of events. 2019 marks the fifth year of Elements and we have some

Future Craft Conference: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?

Future Craft Conference: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise? The University for the Creative Arts is liaising with leading institutions to instigate and explore 'Future Craft'. The first in a series biennial conferences will offer an opportunity to discuss, engage, debate, publish and disseminate new research starting with craft issues within the Jewellery and Silversmithing industries.   The opening conference seeks to provide a framework for a discussion on and around ‘Entrepreneurship or Enterprise?’ By celebrating present achievements and ideas we can look forward to exploring what the future might hold.  Possibilities for the next ‘Future Craft’ conference to be hosted by Queensland College

Raw Pearls announce Pearl Academy, free and accessible training videos at your fingertips

According to a study by the British Pearl Association, only 20% of staff could explain the types of pearl, nor the factors affecting the value of the pearl. Raw Pearls, one of the UK’s leading pearl jewellery suppliers, have created Pearl Academy to address staff training needs; enabling retail staff to be confident when imparting their knowledge and passion for the pearl.  As well as in-store training, Pearl Academy will be releasing a series of webinar style videos that are free and accessible to anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of pearls. Part One has already been released; lasting just [youtube

Professional Development Workshops, Crafts Council

Professional Development Workshops - Crafts Council The Crafts Council has released tickets for their next series of workshops and 1:1 advice sessions for makers and designers – with more coming soon. They cover a range of topics including: Application writing & presentation skills Business visioning Finances for craft businesses Fundraising skills International practice IP & copyright (incl. employment law) Product photography Reaching your market (incl. social media) Relationship management with galleries and commissioners Working with manufacturers More details online www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Elements - A Festival of Jewellery, Silver and Gold in Edinburgh

Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold Elements: A Festival of Jewellery, Silver & Gold is an annual celebration of the UK’s most significant designer jewellers and silversmiths. Elements will take place from 19 – 21 October 2018 and will bring the finest UK-based designer-makers together for a selling fair, an exhibition, and a series of events. Elements will be held in the stunning Lyon & Turnbull auction rooms in the heart of Edinburgh. This event is presented by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull. Alongside the stunning jewellery and silver selling fair, Elements plays host to

Tresor 18

TRESOR Contemporary Craft TRESOR contemporary craft, Europe’s fair for high-end craft and contemporary applied arts, will open its doors 20–23 September 2018 in Basel. TRESOR contemporary craft brings together galleries specializing in applied arts worldwide, first-rate artists as well as promising young talent. They will showcase exciting trends and innovations in 21st century craft from a wide range of disciplines in which art, architecture and design intersect. The works will be either unique or produced in a small series and appeal to international collectors, specialists, architects, designers, interior designers, artists, students, tastemakers and a discerning broad audience. TRESOR contemporary craft

From burgers to bolognese - Goldie Rox launch new foodie inspired Mangiare range

First they gave us burgers and now luxury jewellery makers Goldie Rox have turned their attentions to spaghetti as inspiration for the launch of a new range called 'Mangiare' from the bench of Roxanne Rajcoomar-Hadden. A self-confessed foodie, Roxanne's designs are grounded in simple but evocative food sampled from a series of culinary experiences so her burger and french fry rings, launched as the Goldie Rox collection in 2014, established her as unique for combining her dual passions of food and gems.  Her burgers quickly became the coollest accessories on the street, along with the bespoke burger box they were

Call for Applications: Marshwood Arts Awards 2017

Call for Applications: Marshwood Arts Awards 2017 The Marshwood Arts Awards 2017 is the fourth in a series that began in 2008. Designed to support and highlight creativity across the Arts, the Awards are divided into categories. Artists are invited to submit work to any one (or more) of the categories and the relevant judge will select three artists from that category to exhibit in a high-profile mixed exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre. The Categories Painting & Drawing Photography & Digital Media Sculpture Applied Arts (to include products such as: Furniture & Works in Wood, Ceramics & Glass, Fashion

Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas

Call for Entries: Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Kirstie Allsopp is back with a 2017 Christmas series for Channel 4, and Raise the Roof Productions is searching for the UK’s most talented crafters to appear. They are looking for crafty contributors to apply to compete in their festive competitions, filming with Kirstie at a special location. Could you be a contender for any of these crowns? Best decorated Christmas tree Best Christmas wreath Best handmade advent calendar Best Christmas wrapping Best handmade gift Best Christmas stocking Best knitted Christmas jumper To Express an Interest To express interest in taking part contact: christmas2017@raisetheroofproductions.com

Gübelin Gem Lab Announces Emerald Paternity Test

The Gübelin Gem Lab, one of the world’s leaders in the analysis of precious gemstones is has announced the launch of their Emerald Paternity Test; a new traceability technology creating independent proof of provenance for emeralds This new technology uses customised DNA-based nanoparticles enabling traceability of emeralds back to the exact place of mining. The Emerald Paternity Test is a true game-changer for the coloured gemstone industry. It is the first of a series of technologies and services developed by Gübelin Gem Lab dedicated to bringing more transparency into the gemstone industry, united under the Provenance Proof label. This breakthrough technology

Adi Toch Finalist for The LOEWE Craft Prize 2017

Adi Toch has been  selected as a finalist for the  international Loewe Craft Prize 2017,  an annual international award celebrating excellence in craftsmanship. LOEWE seeks to recognise uniquely talented artisans whose artistic vision and will to innovate will set a new standard for the future of craft.  26 works have been selected as finalists by the Experts Panel out of almost 4,000 participants.  LOEWE Craft Prize 2017 entrant piece - Encircling Vessel from Whispering Vessels Series Works have been submitted to the Jury for their final decision this month and will form part of a touring exhibition.  The winning work

Contemporary Jewellery Classes with Jessica Turrell

This course will allow you to explore a contemporary approach to jewellery making using both traditional and alternative materials and techniques This 25 week course will encourage a contemporary approach to jewellery making and using both traditional and alternative materials and techniques. Students can choose to work on a series of set briefs or on individually negotiated projects. What will I learn? The course covers techniques including: silver soldering, saw piercing, surface texturing, forming, annealing, wire and sheet metal techniques, and making fittings and findings. The course will also cover the use of alternative materials such as wood, paper and

Silver Speaks: The Silversmiths' Toolbox Talk

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Talk: The Silversmiths' Toolbox In Conversation with Contemporary British Silversmiths Join five prestigious members of Contemporary British Silversmiths in conversation on the importance of tools and materials to their practice. Led by Silver Speaks: Form exhibition

Silver Speaks: Idea to Object With Corinne Julius

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Curatorial Tour: Silver Speaks: Idea to Object With Corinne Julius Design critic, journalist and curator, Corinne Julius introduces Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object’ in the Silver Galleries. The display of work by members of Contemporary British

Silver Speaks: Silversmithing Demonstration with Rebecca De Quin

Contemporary British Silversmiths is partnering with the V&A, the London Design Festival and the Goldsmiths' Centre to deliver a series of exciting events to promote silver in contemporary life. Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2016 will be held 17-25 September. Silversmithing Demonstration: Rebecca De Quin Acclaimed silversmith and Royal College of Art tutor  Rebecca de Quin , will be demonstrating her technique of quilting silver to create her unique pieces. Come along to the V&A’s Silver Galleries throughout

Danish Design, Spotlight Exhibition, Woldstone Gallery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

This month the Woldstone Gallery launches the first of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Danish Design” In November, Woldstone spotlights “Danish Design” and features the work of Tina Engell and Mikala Djorup. While this duo of talented contemporary goldsmiths share a common heritage; they both

It's All In The Wrist

Crafted With Love. Curated With Taste. Worn With Character. With the official start of Spring upon us, the Auverture boutique have curated a selection of artisan designed and made bracelets, cuffs and bangles crafted by designers Delfina Delettrez, Bibi van der Velden, Pamela Love, Ana Khouri, Monique Péan and Sara Beltran. The hand-picked springtime line up uses precious materials such as walrus ivory, mammoth ivory, shark teeth, Tahitian black pearls and polki diamonds to create unique and timeless pieces. Moon Phase Bracelet, Pamela Love The stunning ‘Moon Phase Bracelet’ is a circular-link bracelet crafted from a series of 18ct rose gold

Precious Proposal, Spotlight Exhibition, Woldstone Gallery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Continuing the Woldstone Gallery's launch of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths, 'Precious Proposal' is launched. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Precious Proposal” Woldstone was established in June 2015 by sisters Sian Perry-Smith and Bronwen Jameson who drew on their love of design and passion for craftsmanship in setting up the

Refined, Spotlight Exhibition, Woldstone Gallery - Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Continuing the Woldstone Gallery's launches of its ‘Spotlight’ exhibitions, highlighting exceptional jewellery and silverware by 21st century studio goldsmiths and silversmiths, 'Refined' is launched. Woldstone will showcase jewellery and silverware by over twenty contemporary British and European goldsmiths; many award–winning. The Woldstone ‘Spotlight’ series of temporary exhibitions enables the gallery to introduce new designers and show a wider body of work by designers they represent on a permanent basis. “Refined” This December, an exhibition “Refined” looks at work by Catherine Mannheim, Vicki Ambery-Smith and Sarah Pulvertaft. These internationally acclaimed and experienced goldsmiths are some of the finest working in the

Metal Scapes - Studio Fusion Gallery, London

Metal Scapes  will open for London Craft Week, featuring works by fine jeweller Daphne Krinos alongside silversmith and jeweller Tamar de Vries Winter and silversmith Rebecca de Quin . Curated by Brian Kennedy and hosted by Studio Fusion Gallery , beneath the Oxo Tower, the exhibition presents 'landscapes of metal' from the handcrafted jewellery and silverware by the three designers; using, exploring and reflecting the architectural themes of the work. Daphne presents pieces from her City Series and unveils new compositions inspired by cityscapes and architectural forms. Metal Scapes Dates 5 - 7 May 2017 Open 11.00am - 6.00pm Venue

Selvedge Spring Fair 2017

Selvedge Spring Fair 2017 On Saturday 25 March, Selvedge will take over the Tea Room in Bath’s 18th century Assembly Rooms for its seasonal Spring Fair. Curated by the team behind renowned textile brand Selvedge, the fair will bring together some of the finest UK-based merchants and makers selling their rare fabrics and textile treasures, and will be the perfect place to find that special Mother’s Day gift. Visitors to the fair will also get the chance to make their own fabric flowers in a series of workshops inspired by Natalie of Alabama Chanin, the US-based ethical textile and slow

‘The Brooch is back’ Sally Lees To Exhibit At Craft Central 2017

Sally Lees is one of 13 designers selected to make a series of brooches by Transport for London for the exhibition ‘The Brooch is back’ at Craft Central 2017. Sally’s brooches are inspired by the flora and fauna and unusual flowers for Kew Gardens Tube station and by some cute London Zoo animals for Regents Park Tube station. Pink flamingos, zebra stripes and Rocky the rock hopper penguin and Humbolt penguins adorn the aluminium roundel Underground shape. Sally has printed polished aluminium with her drawings of these animals and birds and dyed it in vibrant colours.  Rare plants Jade vine

Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members

National Association of Jewellers' Better Business Group Seek New Steering Group Members The Better Business group is a new steering group that sits under the umbrella of the National Association of Jewellers National Committee, made up of a group of carefully selected volunteers that are experts in their relevant fields. About the Committee Its aim is to empower NAJ members, to operate Better Businesses, in line with the NAJ’s three core values of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Focusing primarily on smaller businesses who sometimes lack the necessary time, resources or expertise, the group is going to create a series of

Thomas Sabo Launch AW16 Images Featuring Frankie Bridge

Thomas Sabo, the global premium lifestyle accessory brand, is delighted to release their new images featuring UK and Ireland ambassador, Frankie Bridge. Thomas Sabo is releasing three exclusive Autumn/Winter images, featuring Frankie Bridge, which continue to be inspired by the universal ‘Together’ message that defines Thomas Sabo this season. In the shoot, which took place earlier this year, Frankie is seen modelling pieces from the brand new Autumn/Winter 2016 line in the series of images. The campaign displays an edgy and rock selection of jewelley, on-trend for the season ahead; which includes elements of the AW16 Prana, Triangle Diamond, and Nile Treasures collections

Rebecca Hannon: Contemporary Camouflage

Contemporary Camouflage is Rebecca Hannon’s latest project, one she has developed during two months residency at Studio Rian de Jong, in Amsterdam. Interested in the concepts of concealing and revealing, which stem from the notion of camoiuflage, the artist presents a series of brooches, chignon covers, earrings and necklaces, the result of a paradoxical exploration in the field of contemporary jewellery.  Camouflage means “to blend into”, to conceal oneself in one’s surroundings so as to protect oneself, to go unnoticed, or to become a predator in order to survive. Coloration is the principal form camouflage takes in nature. Adapted by

The Blancpain Ocean Commitment Global Concept

Blancpain’s commitment to the underwater world took on a new dimension in 2014 with  ocean exploration and preservation under the label 'Blancpain Ocean Commitment', as well as with the launch of the first series of Ocean Commitment limited edition watches. Today, three years, ten expeditions and four million square kilometers of protected ocean later, Blancpain reconfirms its commitment with the recently launched all-blue limited edition.  Driven by a resolutely pioneering spirit since its founding in 1735, the Manufacture Blancpain has enjoyed historical links with diving for more than 60 years, more precisely since the 1953 launch of the Fifty Fathoms

Thomson Reuters publishes GFMS Gold Survey 2017

Thomson Reuters has released its  GFMS Gold Survey 2017 , the 50th in the series of annual Surveys, looking at the shifts and developments in the global gold markets, their fundamentals and their drivers, over the year and setting the scene for the future.   Highlights of the Report State Jewellery fabrication slumped 21% last year to estimated 1,892 tonnes, the lowest level seen since 2009.      Total identifiable investment, which includes physical bar and coin investment plus ETF movements, gained 52% in 2016 to reach 1,579 tonnes, the highest since 2012.   Net official sector buying dropped appreciably, to

Call for Applications: Getting Started 2017

Have you graduated in the last five years from a certified UK Precious Metal course? Do you need support in developing your business skills but aren’t sure exactly what skills you need? Getting Started could be the course for you. What is the Getting Started course? Delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre and funded by the Goldsmiths’ Company, Getting Started is a free, one week business taster programme for people who want to pursue a career within the industry. Delivered as a series of seminars, interactive workshops and talks from keynote speakers, the programme focuses on: how best to sell your

Fairtrade Gold Jewellery UK Push

The Fairtrade Foundation have unveiled an exciting new initiative as part of its Fairtrade Gold campaign, tagged ‘I DO’, to stamp out practices that have tarnished the jewellery industry’s reputation.   The push will kick off with a series of five nationwide conferences which will be held across England, Scotland and Wales throughout September and October. It will also include the launch of a unique new e-learning platform, a Fairtrade gold business advice clinic and seminar hosted by International Jewellery London, and the creation of a suite of new business resources and new campaigner literature. The conferences will be attended

National Festival of Making Launched

The first UK festival bringing together manufacturing, art and design is to be held in the heartland of British industry, developing celebratory acts of creativity and uniting makers of diverse disciplines. The first National Festival of Making will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017 in Blackburn Lancashire, where 25% of the population still works in making and manufacturing The influential designer, Wayne Hemingway will be amongst the organisers and list of supporters bringing together the first UK festival of its kind, initiating a series of newly commissioned works Documentary films will capture the diversity of the

News Edit: 29 August 2020

Here is a round up of last week's international jewellery news...   Katherine Ryan revealed as host of BBC Two's All That Glitters I Talk Telly: The six-part series sets out to find the UK’s next up-and-coming jewellery star. italktelly.com Caroline Scheufele and the passion for Gemology CEO World: Caroline Scheufele’s passion for gemstones began long before she began designing jewellery for Chopard. As a little girl, whilst her peers played with dolls, Caroline Scheufele played with diamonds. ceoworld.biz Scarborough auction this week for family collection of jeweller-watchmaking dynasty begun by Samuel Sharpe The Scarborough News: The private family collection

Take the Fair Luxury 'Pledge'

Over the past 12 months, jewellery industry change makers 'Fair Luxury' have been hosting a series of on-line events under the banner of the 'Open House. These events have frequently involved guest speakers as well as taking an open conversation format. The overall intention has been to provide those interested in learning more about responsible practise with a forum in which to do so. The team at Fair Luxury say that feedback has been extremely positive with many attendees keen to become further involved. As a response, the ' Fair Luxury Pledge'  was launched during the January Open House session. Fair Luxury member Anna Loucah

News Edit: 15 September 2019

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   The man who gambled his firm on a £50,000 sword BBC The BBC's weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to London-based silversmith Grant Macdonald. bbc.co.uk   London fashion designer turns abandoned festival tents into couture collection Evening Standard: ‘In Tents: The After Party’ shows what happens once the fun is over. standard.co.uk How artisan skills can empower Syrian refugee women FT: An agency is training aspiring jewellers in Jordan to start their own businesses. ft.com The New high jewellery collections

News Edit: 14 October 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alex Monroe has designed a stunning capsule jewellery collection for Doctor Who The Brag: To celebrate the release of the BBC’s highly anticipated new series of Doctor Who. Jewellery designer Alex Monroe has created a gorgeous capsule collection. thebrag.com Why one jewellery brand thinks offline media ‘no longer makes sense’ Marketing Week: German jewellery and watch retailer Thomas Sabo is increasingly shifting its spend from magazine placements to media that is “easier to measure”. www.marketingweek.com Irish tourist ends up in hospital after ‘swallowing £30k diamond ring he stole from jewellers’

Sell Out Event with Jewellery Superstars

The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) has witnessed stellar ticket sales for its upcoming ‘In Conversation’ evening, featuring British jewellery superstars Stephen Webster and Theo Fennell. Tickets for the event sold out in early January, more than a month before the evening at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre on February 15th 2017 . Bringing together two of the UK’s foremost jewellers to share personal anecdotes and insight from their careers, the GC&DC’s In Conversation series has become a must-attend event in the jewellery calendar. Jos Skeates, GC&DC chairman and founder of award-winning retailer EC One, will compere the event. Skeates said, 

V&A to Showcase Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

V&A collaborates with artist Nick Veasey to build first ever mobile x-ray art studio ahead of landmark exhibition on designer Cristóbal Balenciaga. Ahead of the first ever UK exhibition on the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, opening on 27 May, the V&A teamed up with x-ray artist Nick Veasey to create the world's first mobile x-ray art studio. In the studio, Veasey captured a series of beautifully crafted life-sized x-ray images revealing new and surprising details about the work of one of the 20th century's most revered couturiers. The x-ray project is one of several forensic techniques that the Museum has

Innovative Training For Small Scale Jewellery Manufacturing

The Bespoke Jewellery Training Company has announced its latest training course innovation for jewellery designer makers  and jewellery graduates . Dawn Meaden Johnson’s company had created a  link from the handmade to small-scale manufacturing by providing a live mentored project made up of series of mini  bespoke consultancy sessions provided by  collaboration  with jewellery industry specialists based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Dawn said of the new approach to specialist jewellery professional development, “Taking the leap into small scale manufacturing can be a daunting prospect  for jewellery Designer Makers  however this  new course  offers mentored guidance throughout the whole process from design to