Anyone can join the Guild, even without any previous enamelling experience or qualifications. However it is hoped that a simple interest or the aim of extending one’s knowledge will lead to an aspiration to gain new enamelling skills. To encourage this the Guild offers incentives with awards for work, both simple and advanced. These can also give tangible recognition of each member’s enamelling achievements, and there is something to suit everyone.
The assessments are not very daunting although standards are maintained. Selection for the Guild’s Craftsman and Associate Craftsman, and most of the other awards, are judged over the annual April conference weekend.
Only the major awards of CGE, ACGE, Hans Theilade and Research Fellowship need to be entered for in advance, but none of these requires the candidate to be attending conference in person. All other awards are chosen from among the pieces exhibited that weekend by eligible members.
Winners will receive a certificate and some prizes also have monetary value. Any trophies won are held for a year but they remain Guild property; the recipient is responsible for them and they must be returned at the next conference. They cannot be taken out of the UK.
Awards may be withheld if the standard of work is insufficient. Also no piece will be eligible for awards on more than one occasion.