The Maureen Carswell Award

eguild208This award goes automatically to the entrant for selection gaining the highest marks at Craftsman level.

Maureen Carswell is a founder member of the Guild and an enameller of international repute. She personally made the trophy, which she presented to the Guild for this award

 

The Hans Theilade Memorial Award

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The award is available to adult members of the Guild with less than three years Enamelling experience. It is assessed by the Chairman's Committee, which consists of the vice chairman, retiring chairman and present chairman.

The requirement for entry is three pieces of work showing three techniques; brief notes to accompany each piece and a personal statement. Guild members are only eligible to enter Hans Theilade once. Special provisions are made for disabled enamellers.

Work submitted cannot be used for any further Selection application.

 

Hans Theilade was a founder member of the Guild who worked tirelessly to introduce the delights of enamelling, in its simplest forms, to as many people as possible. He is remembered for "his sense of fun, experimentation and love of enamelling".

 

Applying for the award

To apply for the Hans Theilade award please log into the site and complete an application form.

Your entries (including your notes) should only be identified by your Guild Number so please ensure that your name does not appear in any of your notes or on your work. You will be sent 3 tags to attach to each of your pieces; show this number on one side and your Guild Number on the reverse. Also write these numbers on the appropriate notes.

Your pieces will be considered for all other annual Guild Awards during the Conference.

The Fred Barnes Memorial Award

This will be presented for the Selectors' choice of the best work on precious metals using the Champlevé, Plique-a-Jour or Basse-Taille techniques.

Charles Frank Barnes, better known as Fred, was an original promoter of the Guild and an early Selector. He was probably best known for his fine champlevé work. As a senior part time teacher at the Sir John Cass School of Art & Design, in London, he encouraged students to learn and use traditional skills of enamelling, to explore their own ideas and to share their new found knowledge with others. Several Guild members were taught by Fred and continue to recycle his learning and determination to achieve excellence by care and control, through Guild workshops. After he died in 1989 his son Phil , another master enameller, donated a trophy in his memory.

 

The Peter Wolfe Cloisonné Cup

 This cup is for the best example of Cloisonné enamelling on show - chosen by the Selectors.

Peter Wolfe was also a Founding Member of the Guild and a teacher of enamelling. He presented this cup to promote his favourite technique.

The Kenneth Benton Award

eguild201 This award is to honour the memory of Kenneth Benton who died in 1999 and is for the piece of enamel showing the most original and innovative use of enamelling in any technique. It is chosen by the Selectors.

Kenneth Benton came to enamelling late in life, having carved out a successful career with MI6 during the war. He and his wife worked together for MI6 and you can read about their activities on Wikipedia! He discovered enamelling as an octogenarian and donated money to the Guild's reserves. Some of this was used to buy the glass paperweight trophy to be awarded in his name.

The Painting Award

This award is for the Selectors' choice of the best exhibited enamel displaying painting techniques using vitreous onglaze pigments. It is chosen by the Selectors.

This trophy was made and presented by Gillie Hoyte Byrom.

The Chairman's Rose Bowl

The Present, Past and Vice Chairmen have a free choice of whose work they consider should win them the Rose Bowl, but excluding anyone already selected for another award at the same conference. The three Chairmen may also award up to two additional Rose Bowl Certificates of Merit to members who were close runners up to the winner.

The bowl was presented by Dorothy Budd to mark the Guild's tenth anniversary, a year in which she was chairman.

The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award

This award is for the three Chairmens’choice of the best exhibited enamel displaying high quality finish. It is open to all exhibitors, except selectors and tutors. The Chairmen will consider the quality and clarity of enamel along with the finish and polish of the supporting metal.

Rachel Gogerly was Guild Chairman in its 30th year and was passionate about producing a high quality of finish to her work. She was keen to pass on her skills and knowledge and ran a conference workshop and masterclass in finishing and polishing. This trophy was made by Rachel and donated to the Guild by her family.

The Judith Harris Memorial Awards for Young Enamellers

   

These awards were introduced in 2010 to encourage younger members of the Guild to submit work for exhibition at Conference. Any member under the age of 18 may submit work into one of the following categories; U11, U16, U18.

There are three trophies, one for each age group, which were designed and made by Laura Ball, our first under 18 winner from 2010. Judith Harris was a long standing member of the Guild and Conference Secretary for many years. The trophies were funded by her husband, Douglas Harris.

The May Yarker Enameller Elect Award

This is the members' choice and selected by ballot. It is for the work of any member attending conference (other than invited selectors, tutors etc., or the winner for the two previous years). A cash prize of £100 is awarded.    

This trophy was made by May Yarker, a dedicated long-standing member of the Guild, and was donated by her family.