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Bursary Award 2015

Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2015.

The Guild of Enamellers is delighted to announce Josephine Conkie as the 2015 winner of their annual Bursary Award. Josephine, who recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing, drew inspiration from self-penned short stories and used her graphic design, enamelling and silversmithing skills to produce wearable art. The submitted pieces incorporated self-designed and existing artwork applied to enamelled steel. The imagery was enhanced using techniques such as sifting, sgraffito, enamel painting and matting, adding subtle colour, texture and depth to the pieces which were then silver mounted. Josephine’s application showed real depth of knowledge, a real passion for enamelling and an ability to use traditional enamelling techniques in an experimental, creative and contemporary way.

The Guild of Enamellers Bursary Award will allow Josephine to further refine and expand her enamelling skills as she continues her studies on the Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Edinburgh College of Art and as she sets up her studio space.

The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine and Vitrum Signum for continuing to fund the Bursary Award. Sponsorship will allow Josephine to benefit from conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and online resources, Guild teaching DVDs, free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a year’s subscription to craft&design, one to one business mentoring, enamel equipment and supplies vouchers from Vitrum Signum and the British Society of Enamellers and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.

The selection panel were heartened by the quality, standard and diversity of the work submitted and by the enthusiasm and innovation shown by the enamellers of the future. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors 4 runner-up prizes were awarded (Galit Barak, Kathryn Partington, Katie Petrie and Maria Torres), and all applicants were awarded one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers. The membership packages will encourage applicants to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered.

Bursary applications for the 2016 Award will be available online from April 2015, and the closing date will be 31st July 2015.  


Julie Rattray

Bursary Secretary




Dorothy Cockrell's Beginner's Guide: back by popular demand

Back by popular demand: Beginner's Guide to Enamelling (Search Press Classics).

Dorothy Cockrell encourages readers to enjoy the delights of this exciting and gratifying craft. Offering easy step-by-step photographs and instructions, she guides the reader through all the different techniques, illustrating how beautiful and unusual effects can be achieved once the basic principles have been learnt.

She discusses how to prepare the metal, choosing and mixing colours and firing methods. More advanced techniques are also included: stencilling, drawing on enamel, sgrafitto, using rubber stamps, working with gold and silver leaf, and more.

You can make jewellery, decorate boxes, create pictures, embellish bowls and produce many unique designs. The vibrant colours and wonderful textures will make you want to experiment and develop your own projects.

Packed with stimulating and innovative ideas, this book will appeal to beginners who want to start a fascinating new craft, and it will also inspire anyone interested in the art of enamelling.

New ISBN 9781782210863

Publication scheduled for 20th September 2014

Exhibition 2015 Ravenstein

Exhibition Invitation 2015 – Ravenstein Museum, Netherlands

The Museum voor Vlakglas- en Emaillekunst is celebrating its 10th anniversary and Jan Klink is planning a year ofcelebrations by organising 6 special exhibitions, two months each, of enamelled art works from various countries. The exhibition will be dedicated to the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and the exhibitions may be seen as forerunners or introductions to the Year of Hieronymus Bosch which will be celebrated in the Netherlands in 2016.

Jan Klink has invited British enamellers to show their art work from 1st July to 31st August  2015; there will be an exhibition of Dutch enamels inspired by Hieronymus Bosch in the main room. Please note it is requested that all work submitted for consideration should have relation to or be inspired by, the work of Hieronymus Bosch.

More information can be found on

The Museum would like you to submit images of the following types of work; wall panels, jewellery and 3D pieces (not be taller than 15cm high). Wall panels should have strong fixings of the screw hook and picture wire type. These should be set at least 3cm down from the top of the backing board so they are not seen whilst displayed.

Members may submit as many images as they wish.

Images must arrive at the museum no later than 1st June 2015, but if possible send your images in well before this date and include description of piece(s) and measurements.

The jury will make the selection and advise members before 8th June 2015.

Work will be for sale unless you state otherwise. It would be helpful to Mr Klink if you could state the price for pieces in Euros. The museum will then add commission of 25% (plus 21% VAT on commission) to calculate the sale price. The museum will contact you about this should your work be chosen.

All work should be received by the museum no later than 21st June 2015. This will allow members 2 weeks to arrange delivery of their work to the museum.

The opening of the exhibition will be Wednesday 1st July 2015.

The closing date of the exhibition is Monday 31st August  2015.

Ideally images should be sent by email, but DVD or CD is also acceptable if necessary. Include a covering letter with your name and contact details if sending a DVD or CD. Please mark your name clearly on the DVD or CD.

Images should be JPG and at least 1Mb in size. Please ensure all of the images have a title and your name on them.

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Postal address :

museum voor vlakglas- en emaillekunst

Marktstraat 22

5371 AD Ravenstein


Anyone submitting work must make arrangements to insure it whilst it is in transit to and from the museum. The museum’s insurance will cover all work whilst on display. The Guild cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to work submitted by members.

Lesley Miller has kindly offered to collect and transport all of the work at the end of the exhibition. Details for return of work to members will follow in a later edition of the Journal. It is likely that there will be a charge for each person submitting work, to cover transportation costs back to the UK.

We appreciate that this invitation might seem a little daunting to members who may not have exhibited before but the Executive Committee are keen to encourage all members to consider submitting work for this exhibition. If you require any more information contact either:

Lesley Miller - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel: 0208-660-7090

Jackie Phillips - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 01782 938566