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Letter from the Chair Summer 2013 Julie Rattray

The Guild of Enamellers yearly cycle culminates with the annual conference, a chance to meet members from across the UK (and beyond) and an opportunity to renew friendships established over the years. Conference is a unique event where enamellers, whether they are professional, teacher, hobbyist or enthusiast amateur, can meet to participate in and champion the craft of enamelling. For the executive committee, conference is the fruit of two years of planning; selecting and securing a venue, organising tutors, selectors and speakers, coordinating suppliers, and dealing with the unique practicalities of enamelling in conjunction with the conference venue. However conference is just one of the many activities that the Guild and its members participate in and the year ahead is full of opportunities to participate.

At a regional level the workshops and related activities encourage members to participate at a local level. Regional events are ideal occasions for member to develop their skills, explore new techniques, share their enamelling experiences and encourage grass roots participation. The  2013/2014 Guild regional events calendar is already well populated with innovative and diverse workshops where member participation is key to success. Media developed and distributed by Guild members such as the quarterly Journal, the library and the DVDs allows dissemination of the extensive technical knowledge and resources held by the Guild and its members, whilst the ever expanding website and Facebook pages allow members instant access and give the Guild outward visibility in an increasingly “mobile” world. All of these activities and resources enhance the
Guild’s ability to encourage and promote the craft of enamelling. However, they rely on member participation via contributions of articles, web posts, technical expertise, volunteering and attendance.

Guild members are instrumental in supporting public participation events such as Hobbycraft, Art in Action and Fusion Open Day, events that provide the Guild with opportunities to disseminate knowledge, demonstrate skills and interact with other similar organisations. Participation in exhibitions such as the Button Project, Heat is On in Whitby and the GOE exhibition in Ravenstein in Holland show the quality and diversity of enamelling produced by Guild members and again promote enamelling to a wider audience. The Bursary Award, supported by the Guild and its
sponsors, encourages young artists to specifically develop their enamelling skills and offers them unique participation opportunities to enhance their skills through mentoring and workshops, whilst the Young Enamellers award scheme has encouraged participation from younger members. By nurturing these new generations of enamellers and encouraging their participation in Guild activities we are securing the future of the Guild.

As I embark on my year as Chair, I am looking forward to participating and engaging with Guild members across the country and hopefully getting a chance to share some enamelling at the regional workshops. This year I hope Guild members will be inspired to volunteer for the Guild- supported public events such as Hobbycraft, Art in Action and Fusion and that members will consider submitting work for the planned joint exhibition with the British Society of Enamellers. I am honoured to be guiding the Guild through its diverse range of activities in 2013/2014, activities which culminate in Leicester for Conference 2014. But please remember that whilst conference may be the culmination of the Guild’s year, the year ahead is full of opportunities to participate (fill details of all these activities are posted regularly on the Guild website and in the Journal).

So on that thought let’s all participate in the diverse and unique opportunities that the Guild has to offer, let’s get enamelling and let’s get
enamelling out there.

Region 3 goes large again!

What a great turnout for our A4 panels workshop at M&CT in St. Helens on Saturday. Our chair Julie Rattray was visiting too along with several other members from both Regions 1 and 2 and Region 4.

On 26th October we'll be back at the factory again for our next workshop: High Firing with Jill Leventon.

Lots more photos on facebook

 

 

 

 

 

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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.