Guild News

Exec Committee Vacancies

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.

Marion Edwards 

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We are also expecting to have a couple of other new vacancies on the executive committee in the near future. If any members are at all interested in getting involved in the running of the Guild in any capacity, please do get in touch with either David Cowling or your regional rep. and we can give more details. Also our next meeting is in February and if anyone would like to attend, just as an observer, to get to know us better and see how things are run, again please just get in touch.

Thermofax Summer 2018

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.



W G Ball discount offer

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.



Kirstie's Handmade Xmas

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.  



Bursary Award 2018: Call for Applications


Please also pass this information on to any colleagues who may be interested.

Applications are invited for The Guild of Enamellers 2018 Bursary Award. This prestigious award, which is now attracting record numbers of applicants, has a prize fund worth more than £1000 and is a wonderful opportunity for new enamellers to showcase their enamelling skills.

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2017 and all applications are made digitally through the website. (from the main menu on the left)

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the Award winner will have a free place at the Guild of Enamellers Conference in April 2018 (sponsored by WG Ball Ltd.) with the opportunity to exhibit their work and enter for a range of awards. The prize fund also includes free editorial and promotion in craft&design online and the Guild’s journal and website; tools & equipment from Vitrum Signum and Proops Bros. Ltd; membership of both the Guild and the British Society of Enamellers; sample enamel sets courtesy of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd; access to the extensive Guild library and a set of Guild teaching DVDs. The award is worth in excess of £1,000.

We are grateful to craft&design online, WG Ball Ltd (enamel manufacturer & suppliers), Vitrum Signum (enamel suppliers), Proops Bros. Ltd (tools supplier), Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd (enamel manufacturers) and The British Society of Enamellers for sponsoring the 2018 award. Their sponsorship is pivotal in allowing the Guild to support up and coming enamellers and ensuring that young enamellers are nurtured and promoted in this challenging and demanding medium.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Bursary Secretary -
Julie Rattray
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