Guild News

Advance Invitation

Have you considered entering your work for selection at next year's conference? Now is the time to be thinking about it as you will need to submit six pieces with accompaying notes. The selection panel of three professional enamellers will study your work and give invaluable feedback. if your work meets required standards, you could be awarded Associate Craftsman (ACGE) or Craftsman of the Guild of Enamellers (CGE) .

If you are new to the craft (three years experience or less), you can submit three or more pieces of your work, with notes, to be considered for the Hans Theilade Award.

Other awards include cloisonne technique, enamel painting and the innovative use of enamel. And for those of you who know any budding young members, please encourage them to enter the Young Enameller Awards.

The themed exhibition is "Jungle", so there really is something for everyone!

Full information on Awards and Selection at the 2012 conference will also be included in the Winter Journal but if you require further details now, please contact our guild Selection Secretary, Mary Ford.

Bursary Award

Applications for next year's Bursary Award need to be submitted by the end of September.

Check out the gallery for pictures of last year's winners and their work.

Autumn Events


Coming up in October and November.

10th October: Guild Enamelling Demonstration by Tilly Wilkinson. Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral.



15th October: Regions 1 and 2 Autumn Weekend meeting in Edinburgh

5th November: Region 3 workshop. Pressforming and corrugation with Jill Leventon.



Ravenstein Exhibition Opens

Ravenstein Exhibition Opens

John and Ellen Goldman accompanied by Sally Levell, of the British Club of The Hague, have just returned from the opening of the Guild Exhibition in Ravenstein. On arrival, they were met by Jan Klink, organiser of the exhibition, plus several of the museum's volunteers. Jan Klink spoke enthusiastically about the quality of the works on show, the majority of which are on the 4th floor where special exhibitions are displayed.

Panels line the walls and there is also a lot of work in the glass show cases within the exhibition space.
Naturally, everyone has their own favourites in a show of works made by so many different people. These include Jean Wilkinson and her Dragonfly Bowl which was looked at in amazement; Jeanne Crosse’s portrait of Martina, which was exhibited at Conference and some of Penny Gildea’s Penny Whistles.

In all around thirty members of the Guild have had work selected, all of which is for sale. The museum has lots to see and it is perfectly possible to spend hours there. Ravenstein itself is also very pretty, well worth a visit and not far from Arnhem.

The exhibition runs until 2nd October 2011. Full details are on the

Conference 2011

Canterbury Conference April 2011 by Dorothy Cockrell


All our conferences are successes, but this year’s held at the University of Canterbury must rank as one of the best. As usual we met old friends, made many new ones and the time passed all too quickly. The food was excellent, the views of the distant cathedral and surrounding countryside romantic and the sun shone. What more could be desired?
The  workshops were superb, proving that new systems of communication despite their sophistication cannot match the old fashioned ‘show, tell, do and question’. Let your computer see the piece you are working on and ask “is this right?” and all it will do (if you are lucky) is gurgle gently as it conducts a background scan. Comparing your work with an on-line video often leads to a decision to throw it away and go hide in a cupboard, but showing it to a live tutor produces immediate assistance, assessment and often praise. Also you have all your fellow students to share ideas. The Summer issue of our journal has reports and colour photographs of pieces made at two of the workshops and the others should follow in subsequent issues.
Everyone who attends one of our conferences returns home with a renewed sense of purpose; filled with plans to make a ‘masterpiece’ for next year and a bag of new materials from the tempting stands of our suppliers. Keep the weekend of 13th -15th April 2012 free for attending the next one.