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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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