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Enamelling exhibition at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham

11th November  - 13th December 2013

To all members

Just a reminder to all to submit your images for this exhibition as soon as possible - deadline Friday 23rd August 2013.

Please support this joint venture, the principal at the school of jewellery has been very supportive and we have invited ten enamellers of note, plus a few well known commercial enamellers to enter one piece each. We are also relying on our members to submit their work for selection so that a true representation of the range and diversity of our wonderful medium will be shown. It is not a selling exhibition but we are hoping that talks and demonstrations will be given during this period. There are plenty of well lit and secure show cases to be filled!

Don’t worry if you do not have new work to show, you may send images of existing pieces that you are proud of; work can be in any material but must include vitreous enamel.

Please note there will be a charge of £30.00 per person if your piece(s) is selected for the exhibition. We intend to publish a catalogue and this contribution will help to cover the costs of photography, printing and insurance. Each exhibitor will be represented in the catalogue with one professional image of one of their pieces. You will also receive a free catalogue, plus the opportunity to buy a professional image of your work. Copies of the catalogue will be on sale to help cover the cost of production.


Please obtain an entry form from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then submit the form and images of up to five pieces of work. Attach images in jpg format of the actual work to be sent. Ideally they should be close ups of the piece and of the largest possible size and/or highest possible picture quality and at least 1024x768 pixels. Please also note that this advice about image files is an update which replaces the original information on the form. (If you've already submitted images of lower quality do not worry: David will already have been in touch).  




Please think about your entry now!

The deadline is 23rd August 2013. (Selected pieces are to be delivered to the collection point by 14th October 2013).



Joint Guild/BSoE Exhibition

Joint Guild/BSOE Exhibition – Birmingham School of Jewellery: 11th November -13th December 2013


The Guild has been invited to exhibit in the atrium of the Birmingham School of Jewellery together with members of the British Society of Enamellers from 11th November to 13th December 2013. The Jewellery School is situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.

The display area atrium is a large airy space with well-lit, secure cabinets.  This will not be a selling exhibition but it provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce the wide variety of modern enamelling to both students and the public.  It  will be open weekdays only (not weekends).  We intend to hold a private view and are also considering the joint production of a high quality catalogue for sale to raise money for the organisations.

Please note there is no hanging space but pieces could be placed into horizontal (but not illuminated) cases.

This will be a two-stage selected exhibition, with the selection panel comprising two Guild members, two Society members and a member of the School staff.

Preliminary selection will be taken from jpegs, please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The deadline for receipt of images is Friday 23rd August 2013.   

You should include the dimensions and brief description of the techniques used for each piece.  Members can submit a maximum of five images (pieces) for consideration. 

Once images have been selected, final selection of the actual pieces will take place during the second week in October - (date to be advised) and the same panel will meet again to select the final pieces to be exhibited.

If anyone is prepared to volunteer time to be at the venue during the exhibition, giving information and explanations to visitors please, contact Jackie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Penny (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  There will also be the opportunity for talks and demonstrations within the School during the period of the exhibition; again please let either Jackie or Penny know if you are interested in doing one.

Enamelling workshops with Carol Griffin

Decals & Transfers                           24-25 May

2 Day course suitable for beginners or those with some experience. Using a variety of commercial transfers, you will be shown how to prepare copper blanks ready to apply the transfers/decals. Once fired, you can then add another layer of enamel, or use screens & stencils to create a truly unique piece of art work to take away with you. All materials (up to 8 copper blanks), tools and equipment included in course fee, £85

Introduction to Enamelling: 2 separate one day courses        26 May and 27th May

Working with powdered enamels, this introductory day will include a taster selection of enamel techniques suitable for beginners or those with some experience. You will complete up to 4 pieces which could include brooches, small wall panels, pendants etc. All materials, tools and equipment included in workshop fee, £45.

Venue: Cinnamon Studio, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge  DY8 4HF

For more details or a booking form, please contact Carol Griffin 01384 392963 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2013 Conference Report

What a fantastic conference: huge thanks to Chairman Jane Ball and our conference secretary Jane Sheppard and also to all the rest of the exec for all their effort. We were really impressed by the enamels exhibited by our members and I'll be adding pictures of the awards winners and some of the entries in the galleries soon. In the meantime, there's lots of post conference celebration going on, on our facebook page: just click through on the right. 

We were also delighted to award Honorary Membership to both Gerry Lomax and Lynne Glazzard and full details of all the awards will be in the next journal. 


The full list of awards can also be found here (but you will have to log in first).