Guild News

New Designers 2017

As a member of the Guild of Enamellers, you are invited to attend New Designers 2017 this summer as a complimentary guest.

New Designers is the UK’s leading exhibition for emerging design, bringing 3,000 of the year’s most promising graduates together from over 180 of the country’s best craft and design courses. Based at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the show offers a unique opportunity to meet and recruit the best new designers, discover new talent, and see new products and emerging trends first hand.

Your complimentary invitation will be issued as an eticket, which will give you one time access to the show on any one of the following days:

Part 1: 29 June – 01 July
Disciplines presented: Textiles, fashion, jewellery & contemporary design crafts.

Part 2: 06 – 08 July 2017
Disciplines presented: Furniture, product, interiors, illustration, animation & graphic design.

To register for your complimentary invitation, just visit and enter unique code NDGUEST69
Capacity is limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Best wishes,

Alex Blelloch

Marketing Assistant

New Designers

+44 (0)20 7688 6829

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Lead in Jewellery Enamel: exemption review

Lead In Jewellery - European (ECHA) Directive, entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH

Some of you may recall that in 2011 the EU issued a directive banning lead in jewellery and it's coatings.  A five year exemption was made for lead in jewellery enamel and that period has ended so the exemptions are now being reviewed.

The review will look at whether the current exemptions, ie lead in enamel, are still justified.  They have launched a call for evidence and we have a short time to assemble a suitable response.  We will be contacting those who contributed to the last submission.

If any members who were not contacted last time have any strong evidence in support of continuing the exemption, particularly about the impact of a ban on leaded enamel in jewellery, to their business, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (This is Lynne Glazzard's email but set up separate from my personal email address and any information is only for the purposes of this response).

It would be useful if anyone has any evidence of comparative testing they have done using leaded and lead free enamels in their work? 

David Bainbridge of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd and Lynne Glazzard will be co-ordinating a response.

Thanks for all your help


Theme for 2018: VIKINGS

Get your helmets on. And no, they didn't have horns!

This is at the Roskilde museum in Denmark and is the reconstruction of the 30 metre warship, Skuldelev 2, built near Dublin in 1042 by Scandinavian boatbuilders.

WG Ball Conference discount

W G Ball's are offering a 15% discount to members (except kilns and controllers) on all orders from now up to the conference and taken during the conference, normal carriage will be charged on orders unless collecting from the conference which is free.  

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