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Sweet Ceramic Jewellery with Rebecca Wilson

It’s that time of Year when resolutions are rife, and many of us try, successfully or not so much, to give up our vices. The good news is, if you’re craving sugar, you’re in for a treat. Rebecca Wilson is a ceramicist who is venturing into jewellery, her whimsical designs are sugar-spun into cool confectionary.  Living and working near Edinburgh and Scotland, Rebecca comes from a background in ceramics and has recently introduced jewellery and wearables to her collection. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad, most notably at COLLECT in the Saatchi Gallery, London, SOFA in Chicago,

Muriel Wilson 1933 – 2018

Muriel was a Founding Member of ACJ, and was for seven years our Honorary Secretary. She initiated our print magazine Findings and served as its Editor for 15 years, from 1998 to 2013. She was a keystone member of ACJ and keeper of its history. She retired from the Board meetings in 2014 (always identified as attending ex officio Editor of Findings) and thereafter served on our Panel of Advisors wirites Tamizan Savill from the Association for Contemporary Jewellery in Muriel Wilson's  obituary. Jane Adam wrote  “Muriel proved herself to be pivotal to the formation of ACJ, giving us a good

Rebecca van Rooijen

Meet the Co-Founder and Editor of Benchpeg. She makes up part of the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has over 20 years of experience in the jewellery industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery trade could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the  Bishopsland Educational Trust , a Committee Member for the Communications and Marketing Committee at  The

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

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

RELIC

RELIC This is Metalsmith Rebecca Gouldson’s first foray into curating with this exhibition entitled RELIC. The exhibition draws on Rebecca’s interpretation of the theme as “a collection of objects which capture my imagination, chosen for their appearance of being found, rather than recently made; aged rather than new. They appear to have a history, told through their form, their surface marks and sometimes in their arrangement or display.” Exhibiting makers include Rebecca Appleby, Karolina Baines,  Elaine Bolt, Jane Cairns, Anne-Laure Cano,  Amanda Denison, Rebecca Gouldson, Ruth Leslie, Claire Malet, Jo Pond, Paul Wearing, Rachel Wood and others to be announced

Meet the Benchpeg Team

This is us. We are the team that bring the Benchpeg website, newsletter and social media feeds to our lovely readers, subscribers and followers.   Rebecca van Rooijen Co-founder | Editor Rebecca is the creator of Benchpeg, she has 20 years of experience in the industry (she started young!), her vision was to create a resource where the jewellery industry could share and access information. Along with being Editor-in-Cheif of Benchpeg, Rebecca is a Trustee of the Bishopsland Educational Trust , Committee Member for the  Communications and Marketing Committee at  The Goldsmiths’ Company , she sits on the Selection Committee

The Goldsmiths’ Company’s ‘Moon Trophy’ Remembered 50 Years After the Moon Landing

Fifty years ago in 1969, the first men landed on the moon, and with that the Goldsmiths' Company fittingly commissioned a piece to commemorate Sir Alan Herries Wilson’s time as Prime Warden from 1969-1970. Sir Alan Herries Wilson, a distinguished physicist laid the foundations for today’s understanding of microelectronics, as well as the Apollo 11 mission itself which landed the first men on the moon. The ‘Moon Trophy’ stands at 38.7 cm tall, and depicts a hand reaching out toward a magnificently modelled, oxidised and electroformed moon, hand sand cast in silver. Surrounding the moon are silver-gilt rings, set in

BOODLES is the official jewellery partner of 'The Secret Garden'

Boodles has announced that it is the official jewellery partner of  The Secret Garden , a new film adaptation of the timeless best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, which has recently been released on Sky Cinema. Published in 1911, the book tells the story of Mary Lennox, a British girl orphaned in India following an outbreak of cholera. Moving to Yorkshire and the care of her uncle, Archibald Craven — played in the new movie by Colin Firth — Mary discovers a magical garden. The film introduces a cast of wonderful young actors, with Dixie Egerickx as Mary; Amir Wilson

Boodles unveil ´Ribbons` icon collection

The British fine jewellery brand, Boodles, is excited to unveil ´Ribbons`; a new ´icon collection`. ‘ I had the idea for Ribbons in Japan ,’ says Boodles Head of Design Rebecca Hawkins. ‘ I was buying a gift for a friend, and was spellbound by the way the sales assistant wrapped it. The precision and care were remarkable. Back at my hotel, I passed a wedding group. The bride wore a stunning kimono — and I noticed the silk obi belt, tied in a bow at her back’ . In some cultures, the presentation of a gift is taken to

Boodles Celebrate the Anniversary of Raindance

Boodles is celebrating the 20th anniversary of 'Raindance' - the original ring - set in platinum - was inspired by a trip to the Chelsea Flower Show one unusually wet summer’s day. Boodles Head of Design, Rebecca Hawkins, noticed the way light played on the raindrops as they slid down on marble, and was inspired to try to capture their magic. Its scattered design - dynamic yet delicate - reflects light from every angle, with scattered diamonds reminiscent of raindrops glistening in the sun. To celebrate the anniversary, Boodles is delighted to reveal the ‘Raindance’ ring set in platinum, with

Benchpeg goes all chatty

As part of lockdown, we thought we'd have a call with an old friend, Fei Liu. The world is slightly different these days, and keeping in touch is all important. We called Fei Liu, Creative Director and Founder of Fei Liu, for one of our regular catch ups, but this time we recorded it to share. Fei and Benchpeg's Rebecca first met back in 1998, in fact, they were the first classmates to meet on the Jewellery and Silversmithing BA Hons course at Birmingham's School of Jewellery. The best of friends, Fei was the bride's gentleman (as the Vicar called [youtube

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations

Building Your Craft Industry Network and Starting Conversations   6 November 2019 The Goldsmiths' Centre, London Broadening your circle of contacts and networking is crucial to developing your profile and practice, but it can be a daunting process. Start today and join us as we bring together practitioners from across the industry, including blacksmiths and silversmiths, to launch Birmingham City University’s new e-book Making Form: Contemporary British Fine Metalwork. The evening will feature introductions to the topic by industry professionals, Rebecca de Quin and Lucy Quinnell, helping you to understand how they pushed beyond their comfort zone and forged their

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work

Business Growth: How To Sell Your Work The Goldsmiths' Centre  Your hand-crafted jewellery collection or silversmithing work is ready to sell. Now you are looking to approach a selling event, shops, boutiques and galleries to earn good-sized sales. This can seem like a daunting proposition, so where do you begin? Rebecca Hossain, pictured, former Head of Retail for the Design Museum, will explain how to get your foot in the door and empower you to present yourself and your work confidently to selling event organisers, buyers and wholesalers. This business growth workshop is specifically tailored to jewellers and silversmiths; and

A History of London Jewellers and Jewellery

The UK’s capital city is renowned for many things, but nothing more so than it’s proud history and ancient traditions, many of which are still practiced to this day. Therefore, it’s really no surprise to discover that in this rich environment,  London jewellers  design and produce engagement rings, necklaces, brooches and earrings that boast an almost unrivalled historical pedigree. Rebecca Smyth from bespoke jewellers Taylor and Hart, takes us through the journey..... Harness the Past for the Designs of the Future At Taylor & Hart, our designers use London’s past as an unlimited source of inspiration – adopting, embellishing and reinterpreting motifs

Rebekah Ann Jewellery makes UK wholesale launch

Emerging label Rebekah Ann Jewellery is pleased to announce its UK wholesale launch, following a successful debut with a a number of leading jewellery retailers.  With unisex designs inspired by ancient amulets of protection and meaningful tokens, the Sussex-based jewellery label is seeking to expand its retail presence across the UK. Following a soft launch with jewellers including Brighton’s Jewel Thief Gallery and Essex retailer Daisy’s, Rebekah Ann Jewellery’s eclectic range of collectible jewellery has already achieved positive sales.  Founded by Rebecca Johnson, Rebekah Ann Jewellery is the fruit of more than a decade’s experience in the workshops and studios

Top female metalsmiths team up for UK campaign

Some of the UK's most distinguished female metalsmiths are set to launch a new campaign to promote the craft in Britain by exhibiting as a collective at the inaugural TRESOR Contemporary Craft in Basel, Switzerland next month. In a pioneering move, the group of award-winning internationally acclaimed artists, including Simone ten Hompel, Rebecca de Quin, Ane Christensen, Adi Toch and Juliette Bigley, will collaborate with a range of individual pieces and a specially made film which focuses on each artist and the craft.  “We’ve worked beside and with each other, shared workshops and taught each other so it is particularly

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

Spirit of Christmas, Studio Fusion Gallery - London

The use of drinking vessels to celebrate special occasions and to mark life’s milestones is part of our tradition and history. Contemporary designers and artists can enhance our drinking experiences with joyful, tactile and beautiful objects and Studio Fusion Gallery in their ongoing engagement with metalsmiths is delighted to present a selection from some of the top UK makers this Christmas. Work by Juliette Bigley, Angela Cork, Adrian Hope, Simone ten Hompel, Edward Mahoney, Rebecca De Quin, Mary Ann Simmons, Hazel Thorn, Adi Toch, Tamar de Vries Winter. Studio Fusion Gallery Unit 1:06 Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street London SE1

The 2017 ‘GeoGems’ Benchpeg Christmas Decoration Designed by Kate Dugmore

This Autumn Benchpeg launched a competition open to Birmingham School of Jewellery students and alumni to design our annual Christmas Tree Decoration. We had some innovative, thoughtful and creative designs submitted in response to the quite constrained brief, but the winner selected by the Benchpeg team, was designed by Kate Dugmore. The design entitled ‘GeoGems’ has the illusion of shattered facets within a diamond form, which is both contemporary and challenging. Benchpeg creates a limited edition Christmas Tree Decoration each year, and Benchpeg’s Founder Rebecca van Rooijen wanted to open up the opportunity to design the decoration this year to

Young Designer winners announced at Jacobs the Jewellers

Jacobs the Jewellers and the  Bishopsland  Educational Trust, together with sponsors the Goldsmiths’ Company and HS Walsh, announced the winners of the third edition of the annual Young Designer Competition.    The awards ceremony, held at the Reading-based Jacobs the Jewellers store, saw    the  Jacobs team joined by the Deputy Mayor of Reading, Councillor Glenn Dennis; Judith Cobham Lowe, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company; Patrick Sheehan, Director of HS Walsh;  Penelope  Makower , Principal  and  Oliver  Makower , Vice-principal of  Bishopsland ; and loy al Jacobs customers .  Georgina Burgess, Jessica  Jue , Rachel  Hewison  and Rebecca Black 

Elements 2: Festival of Contemporary Jewellery and Silverware - Scotland

Elements 2: Festival of Contemporary Jewellery and Silverware - Scotland This November, The Incorporation of Goldsmiths and Lyon & Turnbull will be holding the second ‘Elements’, an annual festival celebrating contemporary jewellery and silverware in Scotland. Elements Festival Jewellery Fair Elements 2 will see forty-eight of the UK’s most talented jewellers and silversmiths exhibit their work, which will also be available to buy. Exhibitors include Sarah Hutchison, who was recently commissioned to create a diamond-studded teapot to add to the prestigious Chitra Collection of Newby Teas, Bryony Knox who was previously artist in residence at Edinburgh Zoo and Rebecca Joselyn,

Dine

Dine Dine  is an exhibition of craft that sits on the dining table. Running along side The Goldsmiths’ Company exhibition  Made for the Table,  this supporting showcase brings together a large selection of stunning pieces in silver, ceramic, glass and textiles. Included are pieces by many of the makers’ that appear in the Goldsmiths’ show, and all available to purchase. Benefield Spencer Glass Angela Cork Richard Fox Hampson Woods Miriam Hanid Rauni Higson Kyosun Jung Nan Nan Liu Michael Lloyd Ptolemy Mann Alison Morton Shannon O’Neill Pottery West Sue Pryke Rebecca de Quin Adam Ross Jill Shaddock Jane Short Adi Toch Arjan Van Dal Vezzini & Chen Yusuke Yamamoto.