“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. 







There were 19 entries for the Bursary award this year and our congratulations go to winner Elizabeth Campbell from Edinburgh and to runners up: Han-Chieh Chuang, Emma Campbell, Emma Stirling, Georgina Leung and Stephanie Glaves. 

Look and Draw part 2 “I CAN’T DRAW”

So many people say this in desperation that I’m going to try and instil a little courage!

Take a pencil.   Draw a line. This is a start.

Now find a small twig. Draw its stem. Is it straight, curved or does it zigzag?

Now look for where the buds grow and put these in. If you can do this you can draw.

Look at the twig and leaves closely and keep your drawing small and very simple.

Draw an outline of one or more of the leaves showing how they are arranged on the stalk. Don’t get discouraged but try again if the stalk goes wobbly or the leaves are not how you want them to be.

Start to look at various leaves and even make a collection of tiny leaves and stick them on a sheet pf paper for future reference. When you want to use them (and we will discuss design later) draw their outlines freehand.

I am frightened of large sheets of blank paper (in fact my mind becomes as blank as the paper) so I buy a small sketch book of good quality cartridge paper and cut it up even smaller. My present pieces are roughly 4” x 2½”.

The sketches/ideas that I want to keep are put into photo albums which have clear sheets of film under which I place them. They can be removed or rearranged as I wish. Don’t throw any away, but put the ‘duds’ in a box so that you can see your progress later on.

I was told to draw for half and hour a day by one of my teachers. I don’t and now when I pick up a pencil I realise how out of practice I have become. Perhaps writing this article will make me draw a little more often.