Anyone can join the Guild, even without any previous enamelling experience or qualifications. However it is hoped that a simple interest or the aim of extending one’s knowledge will lead to an aspiration to gain new enamelling skills. To encourage this the Guild offers incentives with awards for work, both simple and advanced. These can also give tangible recognition of each member’s enamelling achievements, and there is something to suit everyone.
The assessments are not very daunting although standards are maintained. Selection for the Guild’s Craftsman and Associate Craftsman, and most of the other awards, are judged over the annual April conference weekend.
Only the major awards of CGE and ACGE need to be entered for in advance, but neither of these requires the candidate to be attending conference in person. All others awards are chosen from among the pieces exhibited that weekend by eligible members.
Winners will receive a certificate and some prizes also have monetary value. Any trophies won are held for a year but they remain Guild property; the recipient is responsible for them and they must be returned at the next conference. They cannot be taken out of the UK.
Awards may be withheld if the standard of work is insufficient. Also no piece will be eligible for awards on more than one occasion.
Selection and the Selectors Please note: Application must be made to the Awards and Selection Secretary in advance for Selection.
It is hoped that all members will aspire to become Associate Craftsman ACGE or the higher Craftsman Member CGE by offering their work for assessment:- by the three Selectors, who are appointed each year from among the best enamellers in the country. This only requires the submission of six different pieces, which may be in any technique and should be accompanied by the relevant notes. A 50% pass mark will secure Associate Craftsman status and Craftsman is gained with 75%. The full rules and additional notes of guidance are given in separate leaflets.
Anyone contemplating entry is strongly advised to request copies of these further details from the Awards and Selection Secretary at an early date, and advice will be given without any obligation. However formal entry will be required before final acceptance for actual selection.