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
Final Call for Applications: Closing Date 31st July
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.
A 2 day workshop 'Painting on Metal' - Approaches to Mural Making with Edward Heath at the Mid Wales Arts Centre, Caersws on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th April 2016. Home to the permanent collection of enamellist Stefan Knapp, in the heart of Mid Wales.
Edward Heath was Head of Enamelling at Kingston School of Art for many years. He was a principal assistant to Stefan Knapp and worked closely with him on many of the world's largest enamel murals. Edward has exhibited Internationally for many years. He has also worked in the commercial world, running a design company in London. His signature piece the pagoda on the banks of the Thames by the House of Lords, is testament to his skill and place in the world of enamelling.
This two day course, suitable for all abilities will give participants the chance to learn about the process of applying vitreous enamel onto a flat steel plate, ‘scraffito’ – drawing, design and shape-making before the firing process. This process can be repeated continuously to strengthen the initial image or to ‘float’ and create a mirage of shapes and line drawings on top of the existing picture. This is a truly unique form of creativity, where you will have the chance to begin to make a mural completely of your own design.
Cost :£160 to include tea, coffee and lunch, enamels used by the group and test pieces of ground-coated steel. Available from MWA: larger pieces of ground-coated steel (25cm x 25cm) at cost. Participants are advised to bring apron/overall, sketches and designs, small glass/plastic containers to contain wet enamel and any favourite tools you may already have.
To book, please visit the Mid Wales Arts Centre website and download a booking form. http://www.midwalesarts.org.uk/