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Lead in Jewellery Enamel: exemption review

Lead In Jewellery - European (ECHA) Directive, entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH

Some of you may recall that in 2011 the EU issued a directive banning lead in jewellery and it's coatings.  A five year exemption was made for lead in jewellery enamel and that period has ended so the exemptions are now being reviewed.

The review will look at whether the current exemptions, ie lead in enamel, are still justified.  They have launched a call for evidence and we have a short time to assemble a suitable response.  We will be contacting those who contributed to the last submission.

If any members who were not contacted last time have any strong evidence in support of continuing the exemption, particularly about the impact of a ban on leaded enamel in jewellery, to their business, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (This is Lynne Glazzard's email but set up separate from my personal email address and any information is only for the purposes of this response).

It would be useful if anyone has any evidence of comparative testing they have done using leaded and lead free enamels in their work? 

David Bainbridge of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd and Lynne Glazzard will be co-ordinating a response.

Thanks for all your help


Theme for 2018: VIKINGS

Get your helmets on. And no, they didn't have horns!

This is at the Roskilde museum in Denmark and is the reconstruction of the 30 metre warship, Skuldelev 2, built near Dublin in 1042 by Scandinavian boatbuilders.

Awards and Selection 2017 Newton Rigg College

Selection: Associate

  1. Ann Jones
  2. Teresa Kent

Fred Barnes Highly Commended:

Carole Lockwood

Kenneth Benton Award:

Winner – Laura Selway

Highly Commended – Irene Pentelow

Peter Wolfe Cloisonne Cup:

Winner – Katrine West

Highly Commended – Sally Davis

The Painting Award:

Winner – Marion Edwards

Highly Commended – Maggie Cundy

The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award:

Inger Mertz

The Chairman’s Rose Bowl:

Winner – Karen Moon

Highly Commended – Christine Williams

Enameller Elect:

Caroline Tetley

Themed Exhibition:

Dorothy Cockrell

Judith Harris Young People’s Award:

Under 18Charlotte Ball

Under 16:  Winner -  Sam Heneghan       Highly commended – Cerys Manning

Under 11: Daniel Ball         


WG Ball Conference discount

W G Ball's are offering a 15% discount to members (except kilns and controllers) on all orders from now up to the conference and taken during the conference, normal carriage will be charged on orders unless collecting from the conference which is free.  

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Hobbycrafts Spring Show Glasgow



Hobbycrafts Show Glasgow 2-5th March

The Leith Lapidary Club including our very own Dorothy Cockrell, and a few other Guild members will be present at Hobbycrafts in Glasgow this weekend and will be offering 'Have a go at Enamelling' sessions.