Guild News

How to Use the Photoarchive


During 2011 David Cowling edited and catalogued the, literally thousands, of photographs that Rob Griffin has taken at recent conferences. Along with other photos from Jock Miller etc this means we now have an archive going back to 2006. Julia Riddington has created the software for a database of these images and all guild members can now search though it by going into the members area of the website and clicking on “Archive” in the member’s menu.
The first time you do this a page will probably load that invites you to install Microsoft Silverlight. This is needed to run the software. Following the instructions to install it shouldn’t take long and the installation only needs to be done once. After that, on future visits to the archive, the start page should appear after a few seconds and you can then begin searching.
Details of how to search through and view both the images and the information we have about them can be found by clicking on the link below:
You may come across images where the maker is listed as unknown and also other gaps in the “Image Information” for each photo. This is where we hope you can help. For example, if it’s one of your own pieces in the photo please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and David will then be able to update the information. Please also let David know if you find separate images that should be grouped or linked together because they are all the same or are part of a set.

Website Update

The website has just had a major software update which has involved more or less a complete rebuild of each web page. Everything is up and running again and I take my hat off to Julia and Tom for managing it so well! There may be a few teething problems though, so please bear with us while we get them fixed and if you find any broken links or missing photos or whatever, then please let me know.


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Guild Demonstrations at Hobbycrafts Show



22 - 25 March 2012, NEC Birmingham

Open 09.30 - 17.30 (Sun 17.00)

The Guild will be demonstrating at the award winning Hobbycrafts show, which boasts the largest collection of creative craft supplies and more industry professionals than any other show of its kind in the UK. Advance tickets available online at or on 01425 277988. Full details can be found here: {docs}nec-hobbycrafts-show{/docs}



Stefan Knapp in Birkenhead

 A look again at The Stefan Knapp article first posted here in January 2012:


Enamelled steel panel by Stefan Knapp at Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.

At New Year, Tilly and I were looking at late 20th century abstract paintings at the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead. One large piece in particular caught our eye and took us by surprise as it wasn’t actually a painting at all but an enamelled steel panel about 1.3 metres square. Intrigued, we asked the curator if he could tell us more about it. The artist was Stefan Knapp 1921-1996 and this piece, produced in the 1960's is one of his Ariel Landscapes. The inspiration for these came from his time taking reconnaissance photos whilst an RAF fighter pilot during WWII.

Stefan Knapp was a Polish born artist who, returning to college in 1939 at a time when Poland was being divided into Russian and Nazi territories, was arrested and interred in Siberia. Knapp was released from the labour camp in 1941 having survived for two years and was able to make his way to the UK. Here, he volunteered to join the RAF and became a Spitfire pilot.
Post war, Knapp trained at the Central School of Arts in London and then at the Slade and discovered enamelling in the 1950’s. He was a successful artist by this time and able to set up a studio with a kiln capable of taking panels up to 10 feet in length and 4 feet wide. In 1958 he was commissioned to make 17 murals for Heathrow Airport and in 1960 a mural 200 feet by 50 for the façade of a new Alexander’s store in Paramus, New Jersey. This record breaking mural consisted of 280 individual panels with a combined weight of 250 tons and was constructed at West Drayton in an old aircraft hanger.
He was to surpass himself though in 1967 with the longest mural in the world for Alexander’s White Plains store. At 1500 yards long and comprising 450 panels, it had to be photographed by helicopter.
There is a brief biography of Stephan Knapp on Wikipedia. The information here comes from a very detailed article on him that appeared in Glass on Metal Vol 18, no.3, October 1999. The article is online at