Guild News

Cloisonne Exhibition at the V and A

 A Report by Sue Kewley (Region 5):

There is a terrific exhibition on at the V&A until August. It is called "The Seven Treasures: Japanese Cloisonne Enamels" It is in Room 45 Japan. There are 3 cases of enamels from the golden age of Japanese enamelling- c1880-1910. Some of the most beautiful vases I have ever seen. If you can't get to the exhibition at least look at the V&A website to see a few photos. There is a book by Gregory Irvine called Japanese Cloisonne Enamels that has lots of pictures from the collection. £9.99 from the V&A but I got one cheaper from Amazon.


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Guild Library Catalogue

Marion has been updating the library catalogue and will, of course, be bringing at least a selection of books to conference.


The 2012 Catalogue can now be downloaded from the library page: go to Main Menu>About the Guild>The Library (in the subcategory list).



Art in Action 2012




Details below from showing the classes that the Guild will be running over the course of the show.


Practical Classes

With over 3000 places and 40 subjects to choose from the Practical Classes are your chance to have a go!

Tickets for practical classes will be available to buy online from April 1st 2012. Tickets will also be available to buy at the event from the Practical Classes Ticket Tent. Tickets are sold from 10:00am onwards, on a first come first serve basis, and can only be purchased on the day of the class.



The Practical Classes Teachers are all artists or art teachers. They have a joint exhibition and most of the works are for sale. It's a wonderful opportunity to see a wide variety of art created to a very high standard.

Online tickets for Practical Classes will be available for purchase from April 1st 2012. Use the drop down list below to select a place/s and add to your basket.

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Practical Class - Jewellery and Enamelling

How to Use the Photoarchive


During 2011 David Cowling edited and catalogued the, literally thousands, of photographs that Rob Griffin has taken at recent conferences. Along with other photos from Jock Miller etc this means we now have an archive going back to 2006. Julia Riddington has created the software for a database of these images and all guild members can now search though it by going into the members area of the website and clicking on “Archive” in the member’s menu.
The first time you do this a page will probably load that invites you to install Microsoft Silverlight. This is needed to run the software. Following the instructions to install it shouldn’t take long and the installation only needs to be done once. After that, on future visits to the archive, the start page should appear after a few seconds and you can then begin searching.
Details of how to search through and view both the images and the information we have about them can be found by clicking on the link below:
You may come across images where the maker is listed as unknown and also other gaps in the “Image Information” for each photo. This is where we hope you can help. For example, if it’s one of your own pieces in the photo please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-mce-href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and David will then be able to update the information. Please also let David know if you find separate images that should be grouped or linked together because they are all the same or are part of a set.

Website Update

The website has just had a major software update which has involved more or less a complete rebuild of each web page. Everything is up and running again and I take my hat off to Julia and Tom for managing it so well! There may be a few teething problems though, so please bear with us while we get them fixed and if you find any broken links or missing photos or whatever, then please let me know.


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