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Joint Guild/BSoE Exhibition

Joint Guild/BSOE Exhibition – Birmingham School of Jewellery: 11th November -13th December 2013


The Guild has been invited to exhibit in the atrium of the Birmingham School of Jewellery together with members of the British Society of Enamellers from 11th November to 13th December 2013. The Jewellery School is situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The display area atrium is a large airy space with well-lit, secure cabinets.  This will not be a selling exhibition but it provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce the wide variety of modern enamelling to both students and the public.  It  will be open weekdays only (not weekends).  We intend to hold a private view and are also considering the joint production of a high quality catalogue for sale to raise money for the organisations.

Please note there is no hanging space but pieces could be placed into horizontal (but not illuminated) cases.

This will be a two-stage selected exhibition, with the selection panel comprising two Guild members, two Society members and a member of the School staff.

Preliminary selection will be taken from jpegs, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for receipt of images is Friday 23rd August 2013.   

You should include the dimensions and brief description of the techniques used for each piece.  Members can submit a maximum of five images (pieces) for consideration. 

Once images have been selected, final selection of the actual pieces will take place during the second week in October - (date to be advised) and the same panel will meet again to select the final pieces to be exhibited.

If anyone is prepared to volunteer time to be at the venue during the exhibition, giving information and explanations to visitors please, contact Jackie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Penny (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  There will also be the opportunity for talks and demonstrations within the School during the period of the exhibition; again please let either Jackie or Penny know if you are interested in doing one.

Enamelling workshops with Carol Griffin

Decals & Transfers                           24-25 May

2 Day course suitable for beginners or those with some experience. Using a variety of commercial transfers, you will be shown how to prepare copper blanks ready to apply the transfers/decals. Once fired, you can then add another layer of enamel, or use screens & stencils to create a truly unique piece of art work to take away with you. All materials (up to 8 copper blanks), tools and equipment included in course fee, £85

Introduction to Enamelling: 2 separate one day courses        26 May and 27th May

Working with powdered enamels, this introductory day will include a taster selection of enamel techniques suitable for beginners or those with some experience. You will complete up to 4 pieces which could include brooches, small wall panels, pendants etc. All materials, tools and equipment included in workshop fee, £45.

Venue: Cinnamon Studio, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge  DY8 4HF

For more details or a booking form, please contact Carol Griffin 01384 392963 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2013 Conference Report

What a fantastic conference: huge thanks to Chairman Jane Ball and our conference secretary Jane Sheppard and also to all the rest of the exec for all their effort. We were really impressed by the enamels exhibited by our members and I'll be adding pictures of the awards winners and some of the entries in the galleries soon. In the meantime, there's lots of post conference celebration going on, on our facebook page: just click through on the right. 

We were also delighted to award Honorary Membership to both Gerry Lomax and Lynne Glazzard and full details of all the awards will be in the next journal. 


The full list of awards can also be found here (but you will have to log in first).

Hobbycrafts Show 2013

The Guild of Enamellers stand is all set up at the Hobbycrafts exhibition in Birmingham NEC.  Members of Region 4 will spend the next 4 days demonstrating to the public.  Call in and chat to us if you're there.


Thanks to Jill Leventon for the photo.