Final Call for Applications: Closing Date 31st July
Call for applications
The Guild of Enamellers’ 2017 Bursary Award is now open for applications. This prestigious award strives to encourage, support and develop the skills of the next generation of enamellers, and thus exert a progressive influence on standards of workmanship and design in enamelling. The Award (worth over £1000) will allow new enamellers to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered by the generous sponsorship package.
The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine, Vitrum Signum and Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Limited for supporting the Award. Sponsorship benefits include conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and digital resources, Guild teaching DVDs, free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a year’s subscription to craft&design, one to one business mentoring, sample enamel sets, enamel equipment and supplies vouchers and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.
A 2 day workshop 'Painting on Metal' - Approaches to Mural Making with Edward Heath at the Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April 2016. Home to the permanent collection of enamellist Stefan Knapp, in the heart of Mid Wales.
Edward Heath was Head of Enamelling at Kingston School of Art for many years. He was a principal assistant to Stefan Knapp and worked closely with him on many of the world's largest enamel murals. Edward has exhibited Internationally for many years. He has also worked in the commercial world, running a design company in London. His signature piece the pagoda on the banks of the Thames by the House of Lords, is testament to his skill and place in the world of enamelling.
This two day course, suitable for all abilities will give participants the chance to learn about the process of applying vitreous enamel onto a flat steel plate, ‘scraffito’ – drawing, design and shape-making before the firing process. This process can be repeated continuously to strengthen the initial image or to ‘float’ and create a mirage of shapes and line drawings on top of the existing picture. This is a truly unique form of creativity, where you will have the chance to begin to make a mural completely of your own design.
Cost :£160 to include tea, coffee and lunch, enamels used by the group and test pieces of ground-coated steel. Available from MWA: larger pieces of ground-coated steel (25cm x 25cm) at cost. Participants are advised to bring apron/overall, sketches and designs, small glass/plastic containers to contain wet enamel and any favourite tools you may already have.
To book, please visit the Mid Wales Arts Centre website and download a booking form. http://www.midwalesarts.org.uk/
We are delighted to announce that Jane Short has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours for services to the craft of enamelling. Unbeknownst to her, she had been nominated by the Heritage Crafts Association and although somewhat taken aback, she is really pleased that makers are being recognised.
There are only 22 workshop places left so anyone who hasn't already applied shouldn't wait too long. Cloisonne and Landscapes are already full.