The guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Jung-Hsuan Lin (Maggie) as the 2020 winner of their annual Bursary Award.
Lin recently completed a two year MA in Jewellery Design at Central St Martins University of Arts, London during which she researched enamel. She understands the heritage, the objects on the market, and the lacking element which stopped enamel being known by the larger audience. The enamel jewellery on the market is considered old fashioned for the current market based on Lin’s research and interviews. Therefore, Lin created her contemporary enamel jewellery collection. In the collection, she combines the dying craftsmanship from Japanese Shippo art, shades of colours to reflect femininity, and transformed curves from traditional architecture around the world.
Lin would like to push enamel jewellery into the full market and continue this extraordinary craftsmanship to the next generation. By winning the bursary, Lin will have the opportunity to expand her contacts and knowledge for enamel.
The Guild is extremely grateful to our joint sponsors, The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Limited, Proops Brothers Ltd, Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours and Vitrum Signum for their support of the Bursary Award. Thanks also to their generosity Morven Halliday, Yaroslava Kellerman and Ming Jui Tsai were awarded runner up prizes.
The selection panel was impressed by the quality and diversity of the applications and were delighted to see both excellence in traditional techniques and candidates who were taking the art of enamelling in new directions.
CGE and Maureen Carswell Award
Fred Barnes Memorial Trophy
Peter Wolfe Cloisonne Cup
The Painting Award
The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award
Chairman's Rose Bowl
May Yarker/Enameller Elect
Winner: Gillian Harkness
Runner up: Maggie Cundy
Winner: Lynette Charles
Runner up: Anne Halligan
Young Enamellers Awards
Under 18: Charlotte Ball
Under 16: Daniel Ball
The Goldsmiths’ Fair stand at Collect 2019, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, was a great success for our exhibitors and the Company this year. We made some exciting sales, not least one of Alexandra Raphael’s newest pieces, the Lace Bowl, an extraordinary feat of the plique-à-jour technique that she has been perfecting throughout her career. The piece was sold to a group of curators from the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum. We are thrilled that this fantastic piece will be entering the collection of the V&A.
We are delighted to announce our latest acquisition: an exquisite enamelled silver vase, Abstract Design No. 1, by Phil Barnes, mentor and tutor in the art of champlevé enamelling. The design has been drawn directly onto the piece, then engraved and keyed for the translucent enamel, which required up to 15 firings.
The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Valentina Boneva as the 2019 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Valentina recently completed the HND Jewellery at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow.
Valentina started working with enamels this year as a means to add colour to her work and to complement the use of gemstones in pieces. Valentina’s innovative selection pieces were complex and transformable pieces comprising an etched and enamelled boat “stand” that deconstructed into earrings, necklaces and a ring. Valentina is passionate about enamelling and wants to incorporate it into her future jewellery and silversmithing projects where it will complement traditional techniques such as etching, stone setting and fold forming. The Bursary Award package will allow Valentina, who is Edinburgh based, to experiment further with other techniques and to expand her enamelling knowledge. Sponsorship will allow Valentina to benefit from conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and online resources, Guild teaching DVDs, enamel tools, equipment and supplies vouchers, enamel sample sets and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.
The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, Proops Brothers Ltd, Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours and Vitrum Signum for supporting the Bursary Award.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Sarah Christian, Estelle Burton, Signe Sternum and Debbie King were awarded runner-up prizes. The prize packages will encourage Valentina and the runners-up to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered.
The selection panel was impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and were heartened to see the use of traditional techniques such as cloisonné, pliqué-à-jour and champlevé along with more contemporary approaches to enamelling. It was clear that the applicants had a real enthusiasm, passion and flare for enamelling. Both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers will offer support and networking opportunities to all the applicants as they pursue their enamelling journey.
Bursary application information for the 2020 Award will be available online (www.guildofenamellers.org) from April 2019.
Here at W.G Ball we would like to offer all members of the Guild of Enamellers a 10% discount on all Jewellery enamels, Wet Process enamels and leadfree painting colours. In the past we have offered discount to members on an ad hoc basis but we will now offer a constant, year round discount. When you get to the checkout point on our website you will notice that there is an area where you can input a coupon code, if members of the Guild input the code "guild", the discount will automatically be deducted.