Guild News

Warming Things Up- Enamel Fusion 2012

The Guild of Enamellers is making May 2012 Enamelling Month. If you have ever wondered what enamel is then now is your chance to find out, with members around the country hosting demonstrations and running various classes.

On 12th May Jill Leventon is running a workshop at Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire titled Beyond the Basics. This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Knowledge of basic decorative techniques will be expanded, as well as exploring more advanced methods for those who wish to, booking is through Westhope College   On 19th May she will be holding a workshop at English Bridge Workshops, Shrewsbury for those with a little experience of enamelling (ie not complete beginners). It will be on High Firing, to book contact Jill through her website

In the south east, the Guilds regional meeting on 13th May will be an open meeting so visitors can drop in and watch demonstrations of the enamelling process. This will be held at BP Hall, St Barnabas Church Hall, 69 Higher Drive, Purley, Surrey CR8 2HR.  Also in the south east Joy Funnell runs classes in enamelling on art clay silver. She has developed an innovative technique for creating enamelled accents using fine silver wires raised on the silver surface. Her classes are by arrangement, she is based in Hastings, East Sussex. Contact her on or 01424 432927.

On 21st May Tilly Wilkinson will be running a one day class: Stencilling Nature into Enamel, a "Quirky Workshop" at Greystoke near Penrith. These are popular classes in a stunning location. For details and bookings Tilly also runs one-to-one classes by arrangement, contact her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynne Glazzard will be running introductory level classes on 5th, 9th, 10th May in her beautiful studio in Glaisdale on the North Yorkshire Moors. Advanced booking required, details on her website or telephone 01947897788.

Carol Griffin will be demonstrating enamelling at the Living Crafts Fair, Hatfield, in the 'Craft & Design' tent from 10th to 13th May( and Gillie Hoyte Byrom runs one-to-one classes in vitreous enamel painting in her studio at Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EN. For more information contact her through her website at




Whitby Exhibition

Details of the Guild's Whitby exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery are in The "Guild Events and Meetings" section from the main menu and also in the Spring edition of the Journal. Please note that if you'd like to have work considered for selection, you need to submit images of your pieces by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. between 1st and 15th May.

Conference travel update

For those of you arriving by train at Crewe, there is an 8 seater minicab booked for 4pm to take you to Reaseheath. The cab will be in the bus lane outside the station with an orange square in the window with 3B's on it!

If you need any more information, please contact Liz Gilliland.

Conference News

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Everyone should have received their conference packs by now. If there are any problems, please contact Liz Gilliland: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This photo is of the Philip Leverhulme Centre where the classes are taking place. The end of the main accommodation block can also be seen in the background.



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Cloisonne Exhibition at the V and A

 A Report by Sue Kewley (Region 5):

There is a terrific exhibition on at the V&A until August. It is called "The Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonne Enamels" It is in Room 45 Japan. There are 3 cases of enamels from the golden age of Japanese enamelling- c1880-1910. Some of the most beautiful vases I have ever seen. If you can't get to the exhibition at least look at the V&A website to see a few photos. There is a book by Gregory Irvine called Japanese Cloisonne Enamels that has lots of pictures from the collection. £9.99 from the V&A but I got one cheaper from Amazon.


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