The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Yasmin Belkhayat as the 2018 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Yasmin recently completed the Diploma in Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design run by the Crafts Council of Ireland based at Kilkenny Campus, University of Maynooth, Ireland.
Yasmin initially started working with enamels as part of the Holts Apprenticeship course where she was introduced to a wide range of techniques. During her Diploma Yasmin further developed her champlevé and cloisonné skills and spent considerable time testing fluxes and enamels before completing her application pieces. The Bursary Award package will allow Yasmin, who is London based, to experiment further with other techniques such as painting and plique-à-jour and to expand her knowledge of fluxes and finishes. Yasmin is passionate about enamelling and wants to incorporate it into her future jewellery and silversmithing projects.
The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Online, Proops Brothers Ltd, Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours and Vitrum Signum for supporting the Bursary Award. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Leanne McCormack and Mahroz Hekmati were awarded runner-up prizes.The selection panel was impressed by the quality and diversity of the submissions, and were heartened to see a resurgence in the use of traditional techniques such as cloisonné, plique-à-jour and champlevé among applicants. It was clear that the applicants had a real enthusiasm, passion and flare for enamelling.
Click below to download a pdf showing the work of all the entrants.
Position of Librarian
Since my appointment as vice chair of the guild, I have decided to step down from my position as librarian. Therefore I am asking members of the guild to consider taking my place. Any member who would like to fill this role will enjoy being surrounded by a wonderful selection of books and DVDs collected since the foundation of the guild in the 1970s. As librarian you will become a member of the executive committee and will therefore be involved in decision making and planning which is fun and very rewarding.
If possible I would like to hand over the library at the next conference in April 2018.
Please get in touch with me if you are interested and wish to discuss the position in more detail.
For anyone wanting to have Riso screens made, our Thermofax machine is now with Region 4 until October 2018.
Please note that the price of the screening material has risen significantly this year and so we have had to raise our charge to £5.00 per A4 sheet.
Here at W.G Ball we would like to offer all members of the Guild of Enamellers a 10% discount on all Jewellery enamels, Wet Process enamels and leadfree painting colours. In the past we have offered discount to members on an ad hoc basis but we will now offer a constant, year round discount. When you get to the checkout point on our website you will notice that there is an area where you can input a coupon code, if members of the Guild input the code "guild", the discount will automatically be deducted.
Message from Stacey Devlin, Casting Assistant Producer, RTPP Ltd:
We are looking for people of all crafts to appear on the third series of ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ with Kirstie Allsopp and compete for the coveted titles of ‘Best decorated Christmas Tree’, ‘Best Christmas Hamper’, ‘Best Christmas Wreath’, ‘Best Handmade Advent Calendar’, ‘Best Wrapping’, ‘Best handmade gift’ and ‘Best Christmas Stocking’ - and the standard for the competition gets better every year.
Enamelling is such a beautiful craft - I’m sure some of the best enamellers subscribe to your network and we would be grateful if you can help us reach out to those people. The filming involves a background story of how the candidate began their craft and subsequently a day of filming the challenge where they compete and demonstrate their talent on camera. The winner is then decided by a prestigious judge.
I’ve attached our flyer giving more information on how to apply, would you be happy to circulate this amongst your organisation and social media platform?
This is a fantastic opportunity for amateur and professional crafters and designers to exhibit their body of work to a widespread audience.