What a fantastic conference: huge thanks to Chairman Jane Ball and our conference secretary Jane Sheppard and also to all the rest of the exec for all their effort. We were really impressed by the enamels exhibited by our members and I'll be adding pictures of the awards winners and some of the entries in the galleries soon. In the meantime, there's lots of post conference celebration going on, on our facebook page: just click through on the right.
We were also delighted to award Honorary Membership to both Gerry Lomax and Lynne Glazzard and full details of all the awards will be in the next journal.
The full list of awards can also be found here (but you will have to log in first).
The Guild of Enamellers stand is all set up at the Hobbycrafts exhibition in Birmingham NEC. Members of Region 4 will spend the next 4 days demonstrating to the public. Call in and chat to us if you're there.
Thanks to Jill Leventon for the photo.
Fusion Open Day on 18th May: Too Hot to Handle
Members of Region 7 of The Guild of Enamellers will be demonstrating and discussing a range of techniques, with a special focus on those learned during tutorials at our recent Conference.
Visitors are invited to use simple enamelling techniques to produce work of their own in the form of a pendant necklace or keyring.
Venue: St Barnabas BP Hall, 69 Higher Drive, Purley, Surrey CR8 2HR
Date and time: Saturday 18th May, 10am to 4pm
ODAK Arts, Hobby and Crafts Ltd (www.proclays.com) have generously provided us with a number of sample packs containing 20g of their Prometheus copper clay and quantities of woodclay, moulding material and an instructional CD.
These are available free to Guild members if you fancy having a go and I will be bringing the packs to conference. Several guild members have already been trying the clay out with good results and are hoping to bring their pieces along to conference as well.
It can be fired conventionally, although ODAK recommend the carbon method where the piece is placed in activated carbon in a steel box. You will need a kiln with temperature control although torch firing is also possible.
This drawing is of three enamelled necklaces and earrings that were purchased at a craft stall at the London South Bank in the 1980's. The jewellery has been stolen and the owner would like to replace it. She realises there is little chance of having them replaced, but if anyone recognises the handy work or can put us in touch with the creator or someone who may be able to do similar, she would be very grateful.
If you have any information or ideas please contact the guild