Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award for 2013


Congratulations to the winner of the Guild of Enamellers annual Bursary Award – Scarlett Cohen-French, who has recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art, where she successfully gained a BA Hons in Silversmithing & Jewellery. It was during her final year she became fascinated with enamel, experimenting with copper and liquid (industrial) enamels.


The Selectors for the Award were particularly impressed by Scarlett’s strong sense of style and use of liquid enamels, creating very textural pieces. During her BA, she worked along the theme of spontaneous colour and pattern derived from her experimental film work. Movement, pattern and colour were her main concerns when trying to find solutions to her degree show work.


Scarlett will be artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art from September and exhibiting with Dazzle and DJG (Designer Jewellers Group) at the Barbican over Christmas.

The Guild of Enamellers is proud to support Scarlett’s ambition to further develop her enamel skills.


The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors - W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine & Vitrum Signum for continuing to fund the Bursary Award and we look forward to introducing Scarlett at the 2013 Guild Spring Conference where she will have the opportunity to exhibit her enamel pieces, assist a workshop tutor, attend lectures and the master class.   In addition to a free place at the popular annual conference, Scarlett will immediately benefit from free membership of the Guild and the opportunity to join any of the workshops in her region and around the UK in the course of the coming year.   A programme of events and interesting contributions from enamellers are regularly advertised and reviewed in the Guild’s quarterly journal and on the website.   She will also receive a set of Guild teaching DVD’s to help develop her enamel skills & knowledge.

Another award benefit is free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a one year’s subscription and a one to one business mentoring session with Rachel Chambers, along with £275 vouchers from Vitrum Signum for enamel equipment and supplies.


Runners-up, Sophie Bonakdar, Helen Hulbert & Bryony Gill have also been awarded free membership of the Guild of Enamellers for one year, along with a set of Guild teaching DVD’s and a voucher from Vitrum Signum.  


With 24 applicants for the Bursary it was a very challenging role to select one winner, but by having 3 runners-up we hope to share the awards to enable as many of the applicants as possible the opportunity to explore and develop their enamelling skills further.


Such enthusiasm for enamelling expressed by all entrants for the Bursary Award gave pleasure to the judges on the selection panel who meticulously examined each application followed by close discussion.   All those who were disappointed not to win the Bursary should not lose heart but continue their personal journey with enamelling and possibly consider re-applying in the future. Thanks to our generous sponsors this year, we are able to award each applicant a one year free subscription to the Guild of Enamellers which we hope will help them continue their exploration of enamelling, in every way possible.


Bursary applications for the 2014 Award will be available on line from next Easter, and the closing date will be 31st July 2013.  


Carol Griffin

Bursary Secretary