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 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.
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.
Attending members at Conference vote for the enamel considered the best illustration of the annually nominated and published special theme.
For 2013 the theme was "All the Fun of the Fair". And for 2014, Retiring Chair Jane Ball wants you to think about "Communication"