Previous Conferences

Information about past conferences will be added:

2006   Carry the Can

2000   A Sense of Wonder

Here is information about 2010 Crossings.  A full set of papers is available to logged-in members.

CrossingsCROSSINGS – a convergence of ideas, materials and technologies

Association for Contemporary Jewellery Conference 2010
West Dean College, West Sussex, England, 19th - 21st  July 2010

The conference explored the crossing points, intersections and collaborations that feed and stimulate exchange, debate and the development of new ideas and directions within contemporary jewellery practice.

How do collaborations, partnerships, and interfaces between differing practices and approaches feed into individual practice?
How do cultural and geographical cross-overs influence ideas?
Can the material and technological constraints imposed by cross-disciplinary practice lead to new thinking and novel solutions?
What happens when disparate practices and approaches intersect?

With thanks to the Justified Sinner and Rebecca Skeels for the photographs.


Stephen BottomleyACJ Member Poppy Porter wrote the following conference report on her blog. Thank you, Poppy!

Delegate exhibitionA full and exciting programme of presentations and workshops running over three days.

Wendy & DavidKeynote speakers were Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins.

Full reports of presentations are available to logged-in members.


Trade StandWe were delighted to welcome a range of trade stands from suppliers of goods and services to the jewellery community.

ACJ second conference, held 19 - 22 July 2000, hosted by the University of Central England in Birmingham.

Delegates came mainly from the UK ACJ membership, joined by delegates from Europe, the USA and even Australia.

A full and enjoyable programme, together with  a great deal of networking, forging & strengthening contacts.

Frances Julie Whitelaw compiled this set of papers from the various sessions.  SenseOfWonder-Cover

Topics covered:

Beauty in Science  Dr Jean Futrell

Feed the Fury: Art meets Science -  Pamela Martin & Peter Chatwin

Firestain resistant alloys : Germanium -  Peter Johns & Richard Fox

Beyond the Physical: the Reachin Haptic Interface -  David Poston

The Jeweller who mistook herself for a Doctor -  Laura Potter

Mokume Gane -  Ian Ferguson

Lasers: a Tool for our Craft? -  Richard Ball, Anne Marie Carey & Sarah Silve

Design is  Mentality -  Gijs Bakker

Science & Beauty in Anglo-Saxon Jewellery -  Mike Pinder

Jewellery: between Art & Science -  Nora Fok

Pharmacopoeia - Susie Freeman & Dr Liz Lee

A Creative Process -  Marianne Forrest, watch & clock designer

The Weird & the Wonderful - Sigurd Bronger

Work of Thorns - Vivienne Farmer

Grow Your Own - Anglogenetic Body Adornment   Norman Cherry


Programme, speakers, reception, pin swap, party and events


More details of presentations and workshops for logged-in members.