Many congratulations to Guild members Linda Connelly, Keith Seldon, Gillie Hoyte Byrom, Jean Wilkinson and Pat Johnson on their awards in the 2020 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards.
This was the first time Linda had entered, she has written about the experience in her blog - well worth reading for any other members who might consider entering in 2021. Linda would encourage other people to enter although she admits it was very scary! Let's hope it won't be so scary next year.
This piece was a long time in the making as Jean does all the silversmithing as well as the enamelling. Jean concentrated on silversmithing before moving to the UK where she met Phil Barnes and started on her Plique a jour journey. Phil encouraged her to finish this piece which she had been designing for some time and she was so delighted to win gold for him! Jean’s Facebook page (Jean Wilkinson Silversmith, Jeweller,Enameller) has some photos too and stage progress ones, including a short video of her piercing the dish.
Interestingly, the very first idea for this came to Jean when she was on the train going up to give the Master Class for the Guild at the conference on Plique a jour many years ago and that’s when she started the fish drawings. So in a way, the Guild is also linked to this piece.
Well known for her work on enamel portrait minatures, Gillie continues a long record of prize winning entries with these charming rings.
Keith is a long term Guild member. The winning (Gold) entry is a painted enamel trout - it's part of the lid of a wooden box.
Pat is an acknowleged expert in the art of producing beautiful, shimmering colour effects on copper bowls. These are two lovely examples!
It was an inspiration to see so many Guild members winning awards this year, a mixture of 'old hands' and a first time winner. It was also very pleasing to see the influence of Phil Barnes in at least one of the entries, I'm sure that he would have been very proud.
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