Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2015.

The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Josephine Conkie as the 2015 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Josephine, who recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, drew inspiration from self-penned short stories and used her graphic design, enamelling and silversmithing skills to produce wearable art. The submitted pieces incorporated self-designed and existing artwork applied to enamelled steel. The imagery was enhanced using techniques such as sifting, sgraffito, enamel painting and matting, adding subtle colour, texture and depth to the pieces which were then silver mounted. Josephine’s application showed real depth of knowledge, a real passion for enamelling and an ability to use traditional enamelling techniques in an experimental, creative and contemporary way.

The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award will allow Josephine to further refine and expand her enamelling skills as she continues her studies on the Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art and as she sets up her studio space.

The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine and Vitrum Signum for continuing to fund the Bursary Award. Sponsorship will allow Josephine to benefit from conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and online resources, Guild teaching DVDs, free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a year’s subscription to craft&design, one to one business mentoring, enamel equipment and supplies vouchers from Vitrum Signum and the British Society of Enamellers and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.

The selection panel were heartened by the quality, standard and diversity of the work submitted and by the enthusiasm and innovation shown by the enamellers of the future. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors 4 runner-up prizes were awarded (Galit Barak, Kathryn Partington, Katie Petrie and Maria Torres), and all applicants were awarded one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers. The membership packages will encourage applicants to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered.

Bursary applications for the 2016 Award will be available online from April 2015, and the closing date will be 31st July 2015.  


Julie Rattray

Bursary Secretary




Back by popular demand: Beginner's Guide to Enamelling (Search Press Classics).

Dorothy Cockrell encourages readers to enjoy the delights of this exciting and gratifying craft. Offering easy step-by-step photographs and instructions, she guides the reader through all the different techniques, illustrating how beautiful and unusual effects can be achieved once the basic principles have been learnt.

She discusses how to prepare the metal, choosing and mixing colours and firing methods. More advanced techniques are also included: stencilling, drawing on enamel, sgrafitto, using rubber stamps, working with gold and silver leaf, and more.

You can make jewellery, decorate boxes, create pictures, embellish bowls and produce many unique designs. The vibrant colours and wonderful textures will make you want to experiment and develop your own projects.

Packed with stimulating and innovative ideas, this book will appeal to beginners who want to start a fascinating new craft, and it will also inspire anyone interested in the art of enamelling.

New ISBN 9781782210863

Publication scheduled for 20th September 2014

Beryl Ball, who was a member of the Guild of Enamellers for quite some years is having an exhibition to celebrate her 90th birthday and would very much like to invite local enamellers to it.

The Exhibition is at The Hayloft Gallery, Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol

Saturday-Sunday, 12-13 July 2014, 10am-7pm

She will be showing enamels, paintings, drawings, ceramics, jewellery, and manuscripts in order to give an idea of what she has worked on in her long, busy, questing, life.

If you'd like to attend please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.








 A look again at The Stefan Knapp article first posted here in January 2012:


Enamelled steel panel by Stefan Knapp at Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.

At New Year, Tilly and I were looking at late 20th century abstract paintings at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. One large piece in particular caught our eye and took us by surprise as it wasn’t actually a painting at all but an enamelled steel panel about 1.3 metres square. Intrigued, we asked the curator if he could tell us more about it. The artist was Stefan Knapp 1921-1996 and this piece, produced in the 1960's is one of his Ariel Landscapes. The inspiration for these came from his time taking reconnaissance photos whilst an RAF fighter pilot during WWII.

Stefan Knapp was a Polish born artist who, returning to college in 1939 at a time when Poland was being divided into Russian and Nazi territories, was arrested and interred in Siberia. Knapp was released from the labour camp in 1941 having survived for two years and was able to make his way to the UK. Here, he volunteered to join the RAF and became a Spitfire pilot.
Post war, Knapp trained at the Central School of Arts in London and then at the Slade and discovered enamelling in the 1950’s. He was a successful artist by this time and able to set up a studio with a kiln capable of taking panels up to 10 feet in length and 4 feet wide. In 1958 he was commissioned to make 17 murals for Heathrow Airport and in 1960 a mural 200 feet by 50 for the façade of a new Alexander’s store in Paramus, New Jersey. This record breaking mural consisted of 280 individual panels with a combined weight of 250 tons and was constructed at West Drayton in an old aircraft hanger.
He was to surpass himself though in 1967 with the longest mural in the world for Alexander’s White Plains store. At 1500 yards long and comprising 450 panels, it had to be photographed by helicopter.
There is a brief biography of Stephan Knapp on Wikipedia. The information here comes from a very detailed article on him that appeared in Glass on Metal Vol 18, no.3, October 1999. The article is online at

Many congratulations to all our award winners who are as follows:


CGE: Frank Street, Mark Morris, Caroline Tetley, Lynette Williams.

ACGE: Michelle Griffiths, Ann Jones.


Maureen Carswell Award (top mark for Craftsman): Caroline Tetley

Hans Theilade (for new enamellers): Lynette Williams. (Highly commended: Ann Jones)

Fred Barnes Memorial Trophy (Champleve or Basse Taille): Charlotte Smith. (Highly commended: Frank Street)

Kenneth Benton Award (for innovation & originality): Gill Harkness

Peter Wolfe Cloisonné Cup: Melvyn Jennings. (Highly commended: Caroline Tetley)

The Painting Award (using vitreous onglaze pigments): Carmen Lombardi. (Highly commended: Susan Davies)

The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award (for best finish): Carmen Lombardi

The Chairmans’ Rose Bowl: Tilly Wilkinson

Enameller Elect (the May Yarker Award by Members’ vote): Gill Harkness

Themed Subject (Communication): Jane Sheppard

Judith Harris Young Enamellers Awards

Under 18 - Michael Cartwright

Under 16 - Emily Williams. (Highly commended: Xanthe Spence)

Under 11 - Charlotte Ball


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