The Guild of Enamellers is making May 2012 Enamelling Month. If you have ever wondered what enamel is then now is your chance to find out, with members around the country hosting demonstrations and running various classes.
On 12th May Jill Leventon is running a workshop at Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire titled Beyond the Basics. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Knowledge of basic decorative techniques will be expanded, as well as exploring more advanced methods for those who wish to, booking is through Westhope College www.westhope.org.uk On 19th May she will be holding a workshop at English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury for those with a little experience of enamelling (ie not complete beginners). It will be on High Firing, to book contact Jill through her website www.jleventon.co.uk
In the south east, the Guild’s regional meeting on 13th May will be an open meeting so visitors can drop in and watch demonstrations of the enamelling process. This will be held at BP Hall, St Barnabas Church Hall, 69 Higher Drive, Purley, Surrey CR8 2HR. Also in the south east Joy Funnell runs classes in enamelling on art clay silver. She has developed an innovative technique for creating enamelled accents using fine silver wires raised on the silver surface. Her classes are by arrangement, she is based in Hastings, East Sussex. Contact her on www.joyfunnell.co.uk or 01424 432927.
Lynne Glazzard will be running introductory level classes on 5th, 9th, 10th May in her beautiful studio in Glaisdale on the North Yorkshire Moors. Advanced booking required, details on her website http://lynne-glazzard.co.uk or telephone 01947897788.
Carol Griffin will be demonstrating enamelling at the Living Crafts Fair, Hatfield, in the 'Craft & Design' tent from 10th to 13th May(carolgriffinenamels.com) and Gillie Hoyte Byrom runs one-to-one classes in vitreous enamel painting in her studio at Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EN. For more information contact her through her website at http://www.enamelportraitminiatures.co.uk
For those of you arriving by train at Crewe, there is an 8 seater minicab booked for 4pm to take you to Reaseheath. The cab will be in the bus lane outside the station with an orange square in the window with 3B's on it!
If you need any more information, please contact Liz Gilliland.
This photo is of the Philip Leverhulme Centre where the classes are taking place. The end of the main accommodation block can also be seen in the background.
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Full details of how to get to the college including downloadable maps etc can be found on the college website:
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A Report by Sue Kewley (Region 5):
There is a terrific exhibition on at the V&A until August. It is called "The Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonne Enamels" It is in Room 45 Japan. There are 3 cases of enamels from the golden age of Japanese enamelling- c1880-1910. Some of the most beautiful vases I have ever seen. If you can't get to the exhibition at least look at the V&A website to see a few photos. There is a book by Gregory Irvine called Japanese Cloisonne Enamels that has lots of pictures from the collection. £9.99 from the V&A but I got one cheaper from Amazon.