The Ring a Month challenge was created on 31st December 2018 by Anna Campbell-Hall of the Jewellery School of Scotland and the London Academy of Jewellery on FB and Instagram as a way to get people to commit to making something consistently for a year. It has been amazingly successful and quickly snowballed; more and more people (men and women) from all over the world started to join in and by the end of January, just a few weeks later, more than 100 rings had been created and shared. Since then, hundreds of jewellers have created over 1000 rings as part of the challenge, using all sorts of materials. It really is absolutely fascinating and a real inspiration, and each month there is a different subject. At this moment there are 563 members in the FB group. You can also follow @ringamonth on Instagram as we will be continuing in 2020.
This was for April - 4 enamel on copper rings mounted on silver bezels. Using millefiore, which you never know what is going to happen with them. Flowered enamel rings representing the subject Nature.
The other rings I made can be seen on my FB page, a Whitstable oyster shell, silver spinner rings, an enamel spinning ring etc... I have to admit I missed February, which is a shame as the theme was music.
This is again enamel on copper. Everyone was doing fairy tale rings, so to be different, I did an anagram - One cup on a time! Bit daft, but interesting to do to get the cup to stick on the clock-face! Also showing a Gien coffee cup.
Another enamel on copper. This is using raku to make oak leaves, although the raku doesn't show up so well in this. With some mushrooms and leaves from the garden! I had a great couple of days setting fire to stuff, to make some earrings, which was fun! They have turned out more raku-ish than this, you can see them on my fb page.
This A4 calendar features the work of 31 jewellery artists from around the world that have participated in the challenge. Some make jewellery as a hobby, others as their profession. Different types of jewellery making are represented and all the jewellers featured are women. It was not the intention to only choose rings made by female jewellers but that is how it has worked out this year. Each month there are either two or three rings featured from different artists.