Guild News

2016 Conference Feedback

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.

Jane Sheppard

International Enamel Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

The 2016 workshop programme may be of interest to members. It's a super place, with big kilns and they make their own enamels.

Maureen Carswell has details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The studio website (English version) is at :



2017 Bursary Award DEADLINE 31 JULY



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.

Digital applications can be submitted via the website HERE with a closing date for applications of 31st July 2016.   Full details, terms and conditions are also available here on the bursary pages. For any further information contact the Bursary Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Julie Rattray

Bursary Secretary

10% discount at HS Walsh

H S Walsh and Sons Ltd are offering a 10% dicount to members. Just use the code in online orders or mention it when ordering by post or phone.


The code may be found by clicking here (you will have to log in first as it is members only).



Painting on metal at Mid Wales Arts

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.