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Bursary Winners

Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award for 2013


Congratulations to the winner of the Guild of Enamellers annual Bursary Award – Scarlett Cohen-French, who has recently graduated from Glasgow School of Art, where she successfully gained a BA Hons in Silversmithing & Jewellery. It was during her final year she became fascinated with enamel, experimenting with copper and liquid (industrial) enamels.


The Selectors for the Award were particularly impressed by Scarlett’s strong sense of style and use of liquid enamels, creating very textural pieces. During her BA, she worked along the theme of spontaneous colour and pattern derived from her experimental film work. Movement, pattern and colour were her main concerns when trying to find solutions to her degree show work.


Scarlett will be artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art from September and exhibiting with Dazzle and DJG (Designer Jewellers Group) at the Barbican over Christmas.

The Guild of Enamellers is proud to support Scarlett’s ambition to further develop her enamel skills.


The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors - W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine & Vitrum Signum for continuing to fund the Bursary Award and we look forward to introducing Scarlett at the 2013 Guild Spring Conference where she will have the opportunity to exhibit her enamel pieces, assist a workshop tutor, attend lectures and the master class.   In addition to a free place at the popular annual conference, Scarlett will immediately benefit from free membership of the Guild and the opportunity to join any of the workshops in her region and around the UK in the course of the coming year.   A programme of events and interesting contributions from enamellers are regularly advertised and reviewed in the Guild’s quarterly journal and on the website.   She will also receive a set of Guild teaching DVD’s to help develop her enamel skills & knowledge.

Another award benefit is free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a one year’s subscription and a one to one business mentoring session with Rachel Chambers, along with £275 vouchers from Vitrum Signum for enamel equipment and supplies.


Runners-up, Sophie Bonakdar, Helen Hulbert & Bryony Gill have also been awarded free membership of the Guild of Enamellers for one year, along with a set of Guild teaching DVD’s and a voucher from Vitrum Signum.  


With 24 applicants for the Bursary it was a very challenging role to select one winner, but by having 3 runners-up we hope to share the awards to enable as many of the applicants as possible the opportunity to explore and develop their enamelling skills further.


Such enthusiasm for enamelling expressed by all entrants for the Bursary Award gave pleasure to the judges on the selection panel who meticulously examined each application followed by close discussion.   All those who were disappointed not to win the Bursary should not lose heart but continue their personal journey with enamelling and possibly consider re-applying in the future. Thanks to our generous sponsors this year, we are able to award each applicant a one year free subscription to the Guild of Enamellers which we hope will help them continue their exploration of enamelling, in every way possible.


Bursary applications for the 2014 Award will be available on line from next Easter, and the closing date will be 31st July 2013.  


Carol Griffin

Bursary Secretary


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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