Different Anne Earls Boylan

Make a piece of jewellery / adornment for a different part of the body than you normally make. This challenge ran from 8 - 15 May. Here are some of the results.

Image: Anne Earls Boylan


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Make a piece using paper / card which you would usually recycle. This could be old newspapers, scrap, old receipts, used envelopes, packaging, anything you can find around the house. This challenge ran from 8 - 15 May. Here are some of the results.

Image: Helena Symes, pages from an old notebook and newspaper string.


Emotions Jo TerrellHow are you feeling right now? Make a piece to show your emotions. Use any materials you have to hand, these do not need to be traditional jewellery materials. This challenge ran from 8 - 15 May. Here are some of the results.

Image: Jo Terrell


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Call for Entries: ACJ 2020 exhibition glasshouses      Deadline 17 July

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not for every man’s greed
- Ghandi

The most pressing issue of our modern world is that of the climate emergency. With a continually increasing population, diminishing resources and the uncomfortable warming of the planet we call home, we must respond.


Through an exploration of materials, processes and/or concepts you are invited to submit work for the 2020 ACJ exhibition glasshouses. You may wish to consider themes such as growth, sustainability, fragility and transparency.

The exhibition will be hosted by the Vittoria Street Gallery at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, in September & October, subject to restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
There will be an online catalogue, but no printed version. Makers’ own photos will be used.
You can use any materials (except perishable materials), but we encourage you to incorporate sustainably sourced and recycled materials. The piece must be wearable body adornment.
This is not a selling exhibition.
ACJ’s usual high expectations of design and making will apply.

17 July Deadline for applications
15 August Selection announced
The physical exhibition will depend on distancing regulations and considerations in force.
14 Sept Exhibition open, Monday – Friday 9.00am to 6.00pm (times tbc)
9 Oct Final day of opening

Costs: application is free. Selected participants will pay £40, which includes return postage.
If no physical exhibition is possible, the fee will be £25.

The work: a coherent collection of 1 to 3 pieces as a closely related set.

Good clear photos of finished work, on a plain white background.

Deadline 17th July 2020

Terms and conditions of participation

Parameters for submission:
• Clear photos of each piece proposed
• Related to the theme glasshouses
• The pieces must be wearable body adornment
• Maximum of 3 pieces
• A clear connection and relevance between the pieces in your proposed group
• High quality of design & making, as usual with ACJ exhibitions
• Any materials as long as they are not perishable or hazardous

Application procedure: by form and photos uploaded to a special Dropbox link (see the form). We need the best images you can supply, as these will be used in the online catalogue if they are good enough.
Write a short statement of no more than 2 paragraphs /100 words max, for use in publicity.

Photo rules:
• A maximum 4 clear photographs
• Only show your proposed pieces
• Plain white background, NO props (no stands, flowers, stones or other items)
• Clear focus, well lit, show the pieces clearly
• Model shots are acceptable IF they clearly show the piece better than a product-type shot.
• Keep to the format requested : jpg only, 300dpi, physical size between 8cm & 15cm longest side. Maximum file size 1Mb.
• Photographs MUST be labelled with your surname & initial, photo number and title of piece. Eg: BrownA 1 carapace ring.jpg
• Unlabelled photos will not be shown at selection

Application is free.
Selected participants will pay £40 by 30th August latest.
This includes return postage of up to £10 per maker (Special Delivery, insured). If your return parcel is large or heavy, you will pay any costs over £10.
Makers will pay their own delivery or postage costs to ACJ, delivery instructions will be sent.

Covid-19 caveat: If we are not able to stage the physical exhibition due to venue closure or restrictions, the participation fee will be reduced to £25 to cover inclusion in the online presentation and promotion of the exhibition.

This exhibition is for ACJ members. Please make sure that your membership is up to date before applying.

Your application includes acceptance of these terms.

Lynne BartlettMake a piece of jewellery / adornment from foodstuffs. This could be fresh food, toast, dried food arrangements, whatever, but the piece should be edible afterwards to save food waste. This challenge ran from 1 - 8 May. Here are some of the results.

Image: Lynne Bartlett, Purple sprouting broccoli 'daisy chain' choker


Silke Espinet1The theme for the week 4 challenge was "Yellow". Create a collage from things around the house or make a piece of jewellery or post a picture of something you find inspiring. This challenge ran from 24 - 1 May. Here are some of the results.

Image: Silke Espinet, collage of some of her lockdown necessities - and more, found around the house


Ulla Hornfeldt

Use an old plastic toothbrush to make a piece of jewellery or useful tool for your workshop. This challenge ran from 17 - 24 April. Here are some of the results.


Image: Ulla Hornfeldt, Toothbrush turned in to gem tweezers and display stand


Kate Bajic

Make a piece with the theme "crown / tiara" (from the Latin "corona"). Use any materials you have to hand, these do not need to be traditional jewellery materials. This challenge ran from 10 - 17 April. Here are some of the results.




Rosie ElwoodMake a piece of jewellery from the cap or caps of a household container which would normally be discarded or recycled. This challenge ran from 3 - 10 April. Here are some of the lovely results.





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COVID-19 updates for 22 May


Image: Meng He  Hidden Natural Beauty, shown in  Connections | Connessioni

With regret, we announce that the exhibition at The Lighthouse has been terminated. All Glasgow museums have been closed to the public. Future venues are on hold until the situation in the UK and in Italy are clearer. You can buy the beautiful catalogue of the exhibition in the ACJ Shop

logo glasshouses webCall for entries for the ACJ 2020 members exhibition glasshouses

Online exhibition, & planned for the Vittoria Street Gallery, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, September & October

Applications by 17 July


Small Scale Silversmithing

Excellent technical manual from Frances Julie Whitelaw, the 5th Chair of ACJ

Small scale silversmithing techniques for jewellers

Nolden Bottomley

The exhibition opened at The Lighthouse on 19 February

Opening event: Artist Talks by Simone Nolden & Anne Walker

Please note, The Lighthouse has now been CLOSED to the public

Jesmonite classCity of Glasgow College, March 2020

Connections | Connessioni at The Lighthouse events programme

Tutor Anastasia Young

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Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine  28 Feb - 31 March 2020, Greenwich University & further venues

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