My thanks to all of you who responded to my request for post conference feedback. It was probably the last thing you needed to find time for after unpacking and deciding where to go next with any new skills developed in the workshops! I will not attempt to summarise here all the points made, but assure you they will all be reported either to the venue or the Exec committee, as appropriate. Your comments are valued in our aim to continue to improve the conference weekend.
The many compliments about the speakers, masterclass and tutors are much appreciated. The main consensus was that Reaseheath is worth returning to at some future date, despite the spread out nature of the site proving problematic for some (shame we cannnot guarantee dry weather). If we do return we will try to ensure: the heating is working effectively, formal meal service is quicker, we have some sort of weekend IT support to supplement the initial testing and run through that they did provide.
For future conferences I will be: looking at better supplier signage to supplement the supplier info in the packs, more detailed advice of what is and isn't provided in the accommodation, larger name badge font, providing accommodation block plans, checking Wi-fi limitations.
I hope to see many of you again next year at Newton Rigg.
The 2016 workshop programme may be of interest to members. It's a super place, with big kilns and they make their own enamels.
The studio website (English version) is at :http://enamel-art.hu/index.php?a=welcome&lang=eng
Call for applications
The Guild of Enamellers’ 2017 Bursary Award is now open for applications. This prestigious award strives to encourage, support and develop the skills of the next generation of enamellers, and thus exert a progressive influence on standards of workmanship and design in enamelling. The Award (worth over £1000) will allow new enamellers to further develop their enamelling skills and exploration of the medium within the supportive networks offered by the generous sponsorship package.
The Guild is extremely grateful to joint sponsors The British Society of Enamellers, W G Ball Ltd, craft&design Magazine, Vitrum Signum and Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Limited for supporting the Award. Sponsorship benefits include conference, workshop and masterclass attendance, printed and digital resources, Guild teaching DVDs, free editorial and promotion in craft&design Magazine, a year’s subscription to craft&design, one to one business mentoring, sample enamel sets, enamel equipment and supplies vouchers and one year’s membership of both the Guild of Enamellers and the British Society of Enamellers.
- Noreen Buckley
- Maggie Cundy
- Julie Rattray
- Carole Lockwood
Maureen Carswell Award:
Hans Theilade Memorial Bowl:
Fred Barnes Trophy:
Kenneth Benton Award:
Winner – Ulla Dalsgaard Graversen
Highly Commended – Natasha Burns (new member)
Peter Wolfe Cloisonne Cup:
Winner – Linda Connelly
Highly Commended – Tilly Wilkinson
The Painting Award:
The Rachel Gogerly Memorial Award:
Highly commended - Jennifer Gillam
The Chairman’s Rose Bowl:
Judith Harris Young People’s Award:
Under 16: Winner -Charlotte Ball Highly commended – Meghon Bainbridge
Under 11: Winner Daniel Ball Highly commended – Teddy Bainbridge