Professional Organisations for Metal Clay and Jewellery, Metalwork or Silverwork

On this page you’ll find links to the professional organisations and associations working in the metal clay field as well as the general jewellery/metalwork fields. Content checked December 2020. 

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Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide

AMCAW’S mission is to encourage a flourishing international metal clay community by nurturing artistic and instructional excellence and providing resources to inspire, engage and support artists of all levels. Visit the AMCAW on Facebook and AMCAW on Instagram. They also have a public group called Metal Clay Fun with AMCAW. 
Regular member challenges are run with high value prizes and there are opportunities for members to get involved with AMCAW publications and events. Metal clay related businesses can post a free link to their website and artists selling their work can post their selling site. Their is a quarterly virtual guild meeting featuring top metal clay instructors and interesting presenters. Explore the AMCAW website for metal clay inspiration, information and opportunities.

American Gem Trade Association

Find a reputable gem supplier using the directory on this trade association website.

Art Clay World – Europe

Official website of the European Art Clay Distributors.

Art Clay World – Japan

Japanese language site.

Association for Contemporary Jewellery

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery is devoted to the promotion, representation, understanding and development of contemporary jewellery in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Crafts Council

The Crafts Council are the national development agency for contemporary crafts in the UK.

Enamelists Society – USA

Fabulous site for enamel, lots of information, resources and search for classes.

Glass Art Society

The Glass Art Society (GAS) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1971 whose purpose is to encourage excellence, to advance education, to promote the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and to support the worldwide community of artists who work with glass.

The Goldsmiths Company

Promoting excellence in the design and craftsmanship of silver and precious metal jewellery.

Guild of Enamellers – UK

Information for enamellers, lovely gallery.

International Polymer Clay Association

A international organisation dedicated to informing the public about polymer clay.

International Society of Glass Beadmakers

Lots of resources and information for bead makers.

Metal Arts Guild – San Francisco, CA

The Guild is made up of metal arts enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds, who are creating a community through sharing news and events, ideas, resources, galleries, techniques and questions about the metal arts. Everyone is welcome to join: from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers, and students, metal arts collectors and more.

Metal Clay Now

The Metal Clay Now website is a great resource for information, classes and inspiration. Sign up free to access all the resources. Tutors can list their classes free with the ability to edit classes etc.

Metal Clay Now on Facebook (requires a Facebook account) and its sister sites on Twitter and Pinterest is a non-commercial, brand-neutral meeting place for all aspects of metal clay. By gathering artists, technicians and innovators from around the world, this enterprise will become a rich gathering place that will foster creativity and raise professional standards. Metal Clay Now is not tied to any distributor and welcomes discussion of all forms of metal clay.

Self Representing Artists

We are a group of glass artists who are dedicated to the art of lampworking, an ancient art form that flourished in Italy in the 1300s and then spread throughout Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world. We hope that this directory will help you to discover us and learn a little a bit more about our process, our studios, and our personalities; and, of course, our art!

Society of American Silversmiths

Large and comprehensive website devoted to the silversmith’s art and craft.

Society of North American Goldsmiths

The Society of North American Goldsmiths stands for passion, innovation and excellence in jewelry, design and metalsmithing.  SNAG creates community, professional connections, and the unfettered exchange of information. Membership is open to anyone passionate about jewelry, design and metalsmithing.