Guild News

Kirstie's Handmade Xmas

Message from Stacey Devlin, Casting Assistant Producer, RTPP Ltd:

We are looking for people of all crafts to appear on the third series of ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ with Kirstie Allsopp and compete for the coveted titles of ‘Best decorated Christmas Tree’, ‘Best Christmas Hamper’, ‘Best Christmas Wreath’, ‘Best Handmade Advent Calendar’, ‘Best Wrapping’, ‘Best handmade gift’ and ‘Best Christmas Stocking’ - and the standard for the competition gets better every year.

Enamelling is such a beautiful craft - I’m sure some of the best enamellers subscribe to your network and we would be grateful if you can help us reach out to those people.  The filming involves a background story of how the candidate began their craft and subsequently a day of filming the challenge where they compete and demonstrate their talent on camera. The winner is then decided by a prestigious judge.

I’ve attached our flyer giving more information on how to apply, would you be happy to circulate this amongst your organisation and social media platform?

This is a fantastic opportunity for amateur and professional crafters and designers to exhibit their body of work to a widespread audience.  



Bursary Award 2018: Call for Applications


Please also pass this information on to any colleagues who may be interested.

Applications are invited for The Guild of Enamellers 2018 Bursary Award. This prestigious award, which is now attracting record numbers of applicants, has a prize fund worth more than £1000 and is a wonderful opportunity for new enamellers to showcase their enamelling skills.

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2017 and all applications are made digitally through the website. (from the main menu on the left)

Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the Award winner will have a free place at the Guild of Enamellers Conference in April 2018 (sponsored by WG Ball Ltd.) with the opportunity to exhibit their work and enter for a range of awards. The prize fund also includes free editorial and promotion in craft&design online and the Guild’s journal and website; tools & equipment from Vitrum Signum and Proops Bros. Ltd; membership of both the Guild and the British Society of Enamellers; sample enamel sets courtesy of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd; access to the extensive Guild library and a set of Guild teaching DVDs. The award is worth in excess of £1,000.

We are grateful to craft&design online, WG Ball Ltd (enamel manufacturer & suppliers), Vitrum Signum (enamel suppliers), Proops Bros. Ltd (tools supplier), Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd (enamel manufacturers) and The British Society of Enamellers for sponsoring the 2018 award. Their sponsorship is pivotal in allowing the Guild to support up and coming enamellers and ensuring that young enamellers are nurtured and promoted in this challenging and demanding medium.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Bursary Secretary -
Julie Rattray
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New Designers 2017

As a member of the Guild of Enamellers, you are invited to attend New Designers 2017 this summer as a complimentary guest.

New Designers is the UK’s leading exhibition for emerging design, bringing 3,000 of the year’s most promising graduates together from over 180 of the country’s best craft and design courses. Based at the Business Design Centre in Islington, the show offers a unique opportunity to meet and recruit the best new designers, discover new talent, and see new products and emerging trends first hand.

Your complimentary invitation will be issued as an eticket, which will give you one time access to the show on any one of the following days:

Part 1: 29 June – 01 July
Disciplines presented: Textiles, fashion, jewellery & contemporary design crafts.

Part 2: 06 – 08 July 2017
Disciplines presented: Furniture, product, interiors, illustration, animation & graphic design.

To register for your complimentary invitation, just visit and enter unique code NDGUEST69
Capacity is limited, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Best wishes,

Alex Blelloch

Marketing Assistant

New Designers

+44 (0)20 7688 6829

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Lead in Jewellery Enamel: exemption review

Lead In Jewellery - European (ECHA) Directive, entry 63 of Annex XVII of REACH

Some of you may recall that in 2011 the EU issued a directive banning lead in jewellery and it's coatings.  A five year exemption was made for lead in jewellery enamel and that period has ended so the exemptions are now being reviewed.

The review will look at whether the current exemptions, ie lead in enamel, are still justified.  They have launched a call for evidence and we have a short time to assemble a suitable response.  We will be contacting those who contributed to the last submission.

If any members who were not contacted last time have any strong evidence in support of continuing the exemption, particularly about the impact of a ban on leaded enamel in jewellery, to their business, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  (This is Lynne Glazzard's email but set up separate from my personal email address and any information is only for the purposes of this response).

It would be useful if anyone has any evidence of comparative testing they have done using leaded and lead free enamels in their work? 

David Bainbridge of Milton Bridge Ceramic Colours Ltd and Lynne Glazzard will be co-ordinating a response.

Thanks for all your help


Theme for 2018: VIKINGS

Get your helmets on. And no, they didn't have horns!

This is at the Roskilde museum in Denmark and is the reconstruction of the 30 metre warship, Skuldelev 2, built near Dublin in 1042 by Scandinavian boatbuilders.