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, ACGE and Research Fellowship need to be entered for in advance, but none of these requires the candidate to be attending conference in person. All other 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.
Becoming a member of The Guild of Enamellers opens many opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and your own aspirations to improve your own enamelling techniques. At the Annual Guild Conference members can enter their work for assessment, by three selectors, who are appointed on a three year rolling programme from amongst the best known and experienced enamellers within the Guild.
On entering selection members are required to submit six pieces of their work, using at least three different techniques, along with accompanying notes for each piece. A 50% pass mark will secure Associated status and Craftsman is gained with a 75% pass mark.
However, a formal entry and entry fee is required before being accepted for selection. Upon achieving the Associate or Craftsman award, members have the privilege of using the letters ACGE and CGE.
This Research Award recognises a paper on any aspect of Enamelling which shows sufficient merit in meeting the following criteria:
- ● It should be an ordered, critical and reasoned statement of knowledge gained through the candidate's own efforts
- ● It should be worthy of a place in the Guild library for the benefit of all members
- ● It should show awareness of existing literature on the subject with acknowledgements where appropriate