In 2013 applications came in quickly and some workshops were fully booked very early in the process. This led to some members, who were away when the journal came out, being disappointed. To try and avoid this in 2014 (and help if there are postal delays) details of the workshops and conference cost will be available on the website from the same time as the journal should be received (Dec 28th).

I hope that the majority of applications will still be submitted by post accompanied by a cheque (or cheques). However, I will accept e-mail notification of workshop preferences and, if necessary, payment can be made by direct transfer (not paypal) to the Guild’s bank account after emailing me for the necessary details.

To try and keep allocation as fair as possible and avoid timing discrepancies, I will not ‘open‘ for applications until Tuesday 31st December and although workshop places will then be provisionally allocated, these will not be confirmed unless payment has been received and will not be held for more than 7 days. If by any chance a workshop is over-subscribed on the 31st then a ballot will be held.

Jane Sheppard

Conference Secretary




“Anything with enamel has a type of magic or mystery about it. The lustre and quality of colour is just not possible with any other medium” - Fred Rich British enameller   


The Goldsmiths’ Company is sponsoring a major exhibition showcasing the work of Britain’s leading enamellers. Entitled Heart of the Heat this stunning and fascinating exhibition is on view at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham from Monday 11 November to Friday 13 December 2013.
A joint initiative between the British Society of Enamellers and the Guild of Enamellers, the first in a 30 year history, the exhibition features prominent, influential and innovative contemporary enamellers from both associations.

The list of enamellers featured reads like the Who’s Who of British enamellists. Most notable are Jane Short and Fred Rich, both Liverymen of the Goldsmiths’ Company, together with Phil Barnes, Vladimir Böhm, Stephen Bottomley, Gillie Hoyte Byrom, Pat Johnson, Joan Mackarell, Liana Pattihis, Elizabeth Turrell, Jessica Turrell, Tamar de Vries Winter, Ruth Ball, Sheila Macdonald, Jenny Edge, Penny Gildea and Evangeline Long to name but a few, as well as other skilled members of both organisations.