Guild News

New courses running in 2013

Enamelling classes in North Yorkshire 2013 with Lynne Glazzard, Tilly Wilkinson, Joy Funnell and Anna Mazon.

 New classes with Ruth Ball in June in Birmingham

Classes with Jill Leventon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     07817517972

13th April       Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire: Basic Cloisonne

20th April       English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury: Raku Firing

 11th May       Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire: Raku Firing

18th May        English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury: Screen prints and other stencils

22nd June        English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury: Playing with Metal

6th & 7th July  Gleaning Study Centre, nr Minsterely, South Shropshire: The Art of Enamelling

17th – 19th July     Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire: Copper and enamel for the garden

3rd August            English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury: Pot Luck!

5th October           Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms: Enamelling on copper  

The Button Project

Each artist may submit ONE button only for the display.
We are looking for a special, showcase button that demonstrates your art and skill.
You may wish to explore ideas of silk, Macclesfield, Metamorphosis (the Barnaby theme), heritage, skills, among others.  We are looking for something that will be different from the other buttons in the show.
The button can be up to 1.5 - 3 cm wide x 1.5 - 3 cm high x 3cm thickness and can be made from any reasonably durable and safe-to-handle material.  They don’t have to be round.
The button must be functional as a button.
The button must have a loop on the back or 2 or more holes in the button itself to enable it to be fixed to a backing cloth.


Who can take part?

The Button Project is open to artists, designers, makers and craftspeople. All buttons received by the date below will be exhibited.


A highly engaging display for press and public alike

The Buttons will make a stunning display. We already have promises of over 100, ranging from fabric and thread, plastics and wood, precious metals and glass.  The collective display will be to die for, and the individual buttons highly collectible.  Not to mention an engaging story for press and public alike.


Want to make more?

You may submit ONE button only for the display.  However, depending on your technique, some of you may find that it is more economical to make a set. You may submit up to three additional buttons as a set, to be sold separately. The price of each of these buttons must be the same as your single display button.



Deadline for receipt of expressions of interest: 4 March 2013 (but earlier if possible)

Delivery of Buttons to the Heritage Centre: 29 April - 4 May 2013

Deadline for receipt of photographs of buttons: 4 May 2013 (but don’t delay, send one as soon as you have it!)

Dates of show: 14 June – 8 August 2013

Opening event: Friday 14 June 6-9pm 2013

Collection of unsold work:  26-30 August 2013


Conference and AGM 5th-7th April 2013

Queen Ethelburga’s College, Thorpe Underwood Estate, York. Y026 9SS


For 2013 we are returning to Queen Ethelburga’s College near York, which some of you will remember from the 2009 conference. The college is about 6 miles east of the A 1(M) and 12 miles west of York. For those travelling by train we hope to organise a coach to and from York railway station.

Queen Ethelburga’s is a well equipped school with a mixture of old and modern buildings. All our bedrooms will be en-suite (shower) and are near to all other facilities. The rooms can be configured as either singles or doubles as required (but with no cost benefit for doubles). Towels and tea and coffee making facilities and fresh milk will be provided, but please bring your own toiletries, T bags, coffee etc. Hair dryers are wired in to all rooms so no need to pack them. There is ample parking at the edge of the school site and we have been assured that golf style buggies will be available to transport people and luggage from the parking to the main buildings.

The tutorials will be held in the science labs so that sinks and water will be available. Unfortunately there are no lifts to the labs, if this is a problem for any delegates we can arrange for at least one tutorial to be held on the ground floor. Please add a note about any mobility or access requirements when completing the application form. We are fortunate to have a good range of tutorial topics to choose from, thanks to the continued support of our excellent tutors.

The suppliers will be in the Phoenix centre adjoining the main school building, which is also where the exhibitions, master class and speaker meetings will be held, so everything is quite close by. Please do bring work along to the exhibitions both themed and general, it is so wonderful to see the amazing range of work people have been doing.

This is my first year as conference secretary, so it would be a great help if you could send applications as soon as you can, you also have more chance of getting your first choice of tutorial if prompt. If you have any queries please do call me on 01900 823095, if I am out please leave a number and a message and I will call you back. Alternatively contact me on e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in April.
Jane Sheppard, Conference Secretary


Workshops at the 2013 Conference:

Experimenting on Steel with Lesley Miller
Techniques such as sgraffito, stencilling, riso, cloisonné, stamps, etc. are all possible when working on steel, but the effects can sometimes be quite different.
We will use pre-enamelled steel with either just a ground coat which is a dull grey or with a coat of white enamel over the ground coat. Tiles measuring lOOmm square or 100 x 60mm will be available and we can also experiment with thinner, white enamelled steel. This is thin enough to be cut by hand if you want.
Steel gives a more stable base than copper, but you will not get the some of effects obtained by the copper showing through or affecting the colour of the enamels. However, you will be able to obtain a range of different effects, particularly by under firing. Transparent or opaque enamels can be used, leaded or unleaded and even gold or silver foils.

Grisaille with a Twist with Bonnie Mackintosh
‘Grisaille’ is a traditional enamelling technique (from the French, meaning ‘greyish’) in which veils of white painting enamel are built up over a dark ground to emphasise highlight and shadow, often to dramatic effect.
My own method of execution is non-traditional and can employ both wet and powdered enamels, painted, splattered, stencilled, sgraffitoed, and screen printed. Added materials (the ‘twist’) might include glass millefiori, powdered lustres and firescsale.
Not being a painter, my subject matter- like my methods — is non traditional, allowing for the maximum of ‘play’.
For the Conference tutorial, I will suggest a choice of ‘theme’ around which to base the day’s experimental enamelling, but that will remain my secret for now...

Riso Screens from Image to Enamel with Dorothy Cockrell
We will cover suitable images, making and mounting screens; suitable enamels and various ways of using them; trouble shooting and how to prevent problems. I will bring a laptop, scanner and laser printer as well as the Guild Thermofax so that we can make some screens in the workshop if desired, also my own stock of existing screens. Participants can experiment with using screens on any shape of flat copper or prepared steel blank (up to 4” square).

Wireless Cloisonné on Silver with Jane Short
I was lucky enough to spend 5 days in a small cloisonné enamel factory in Japan this spring and was briefly shown a piece of wireless cloisonné work in progress. In this technique high cloisonné wires are glued onto a pre-enamelled background, a thickly laid enamel is packed around the wires, which are then deftly removed before firing. We will spend our time in the workshop experimenting with this technique on a small scale on silver to see what possibilities this might open up.

Non-traditional Mark Making for Enamelling with Jessica Turrell
During the day Jessica will discuss and demonstrate a number of non traditional mark making and patterning techniques in the context of her own practice. These will include wet-pen and stamp application, layering and abrasion plus techniques for altering the surface of the underlying metal and how this affects the subsequent layers of enamel. During the day attendees will have the opportunity to create their own samples of the techniques demonstrated.

Enamel Painting with Keith Seldon
A short demonstration on how to prepare and enamel a plate/link ready for painting and then how to put down an outline and paint something of your choice.
I will have silver links enamelled white ready for painting. If you want a different colour to paint onto I will bring blank pairs for you to use, but let me know, and this will cut down the time for painting. Or bring something of yours already prepared.
I will show you how to paint the links, or your choice of item, but please try and keep it simple, and if not, be prepared to work quickly on the day. The process takes time and patience.


All the Fun of the Fair

Time to get all your brightest enamels out and start working on your piece for the themed exhibition at this year's conference "All the fun of the fair"