Guerrilla Enamelling

Easy access techniques for enamelling. Bonnie Mackintosh will show 3 videos on torch-firing by Jill Leventon, sifting & stencilling. There will be samples to handle & your questions will be answered!

Entry is free but must be booked, please – click here to book

Wednesday 8th March 2017
14.00 – 16.00

Butcher Works Gallery
Academy of Makers
72 Arundel Street
Sheffield S1 2NS

Birmingham Assay Office Events Added

Enamoured – Events added to enamoured progamme at the Birmingham Assay Office

Enamelling Video Show with Question & Answer Session

Three videos of “Guerrilla” Enamelling followed by a question and answer session, presented by Jill Leventon and Bonnie Mackintosh. Jill and Bonnie will discuss ways to use enamel creatively and in a contemporary way.

Tue 24 January 2017
16:00 – 17:30 GMT
Tickets £3 – Purchase here

Rachel Butlin Selected for Hothouse

Rachel Butlin Selected for Hothouse – The Crafts Council has selected 35 maker businesses to take part in the six month Hothouse programme, delivered in partnership across the UK.

For 2017 makers cover a broad range of disciplines including nine jewellers, six ceramists, six textile makers, three glass makers, and five furniture makers. Hothouse has partners with a range of specialist gallery spaces, studio spaces and universities.

BSOE member, Rachel Butlin makes up one of the nine jewelers selected and states that she draws inspiration from Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Rachel uses a variety of techniques from enamelling to creating settings, to combine non traditional materials harmoniously together. See more of her work here.

Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2017

As one of the proud sponsors of the Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2017, we are excited to announce Emily Higham as this year’s winner along with runners up Hannah Duncan, Josefina Martinez and Leah Wadey.

The award aims to support the progression of enamellers at the start of their career, and extends memberships to the guild and the society as well as providing opportunities to develop technique and network within the field.

Read more about Emily Higham and her work here and find the full article in the current issue of Craft & Design magazine.

Bursary Award winner 2017 Emily Higham Hive Necklace

Emily Higham Hive Necklace

Enamelling on precious metal with Joan Mackarell

Enamelling on precious metal with Joan Mackarell

Goldsmiths Centres
13 and 14 February

10:00 – 4:30 GMT


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Enamoured News Update

Enamoured is now being hosted at the Birmingham Assay Office as the first exhibition to be held at their new facility in Birmingham’s Jewellery quarter.

We have four open days where you may book a free ticket to view the exhibition

10th and 17th January.

Free entry. Booking required.

For more information, contact details and booking click here.

Enamoured will be here until 3rd February. We are planning some events, please see our Facebook page.


The tour will then continue to:

Butcher Works Gallery, Academy of Makers, Ruskin Freeman College, Sheffield
Open 14th February – 10th March
Mid Wales Arts Centre
Open 19th March – 30th April 2017


Viewing is also available by prior appointment Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. To make appointments and for groups and students please contact

Assay Office Birmingham
Icknield Street
B18 6RZ


From Fulham to Faberge

From Fulham to Faberge by Phil Barnes of the British Society of Enamellers, part of the Enamoured season.

Tickets £5

Master Enameller Phil Barnes tells the story of the Barnes workshop from 1926 onwards.

Fred Barnes started in the trade aged 14 and became one of the leading enamellers of the 20th Century. His apprentice Phil will show the work produced by father and son over the last 90 years. A fascinating insight into trade and artist enamelling.

Tue 29 November 2016 15:30 – 17:00 GMT

Booking essential, buy tickets here

Assay Office Birmingham

Icknield Street


B18 6RZ


Purchase our publications

You can now purchase both our current exhibition catalogue ‘Enamoured’ and also our previous publication ‘The Heart of the Heat’ online.

Each is an elegantly curated representation of our exhibitions on paper, showing a diverse range of styles and techniques.

Buy here


Enamoured Exhibition Details


a major exhibition of contemporary techniques in glass on metal from the British Society of Enamellers.

Opens 10th October at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London.

Education programme events: Wednesdays 19th & 26th October, 2nd November.

From fine enamel on precious metals in traditional techniques such as basse-taille, champlevé and cloisonné, to experimental wet-process on copper and steel, via high-firing, sgraffito, stencilling and decals, this exhibition will show the wide range of styles in current practice from over 50 artists. Industrial large panels, car badges, regalia and medals from commercial companies contrast with sculptures, exquisite miniature paintings, jewellery and wall panels.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, London 12th October –18th November, Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm, free admission.



September 16th–17th, professional development course for college tutors & technicians, taught by Sheila McDonald & Elizabeth Turrell

Weds 19 October 6.00 – 8.00pm Jane Short & Elizabeth Campbell in conversation

Weds 26th October 2.00 – 4.30 Guerrilla Enamelling – easy techniques to get started, with films, talks & test pieces, with Jill Leventon

Weds 2 November 1.30 – 3.00pm Curator’s talk & handling session with Ruth Rushby & Penny Gildea

Tickets via the Goldsmiths’ Centre:

Enamoured will tour to Assay Office, Birmingham, 28th November to 3rd February 2017

Entry free, by appointment only 1 Moreton Street, Birmingham B1 3AX

Education programme to be announced

Academy of Makers, Sheffield 16th February to 10th March 2017

Butcher Works Gallery, 72 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NS Monday – Saturday, 10.00am to 3.00pm, free entry Mid-Wales Arts Centre April to June



Call out to exhibit at TOPDRAWER|CRAFT 15-17 JAN 2017

Be part of the beautifully curated world of Craft at Top Drawer, featuring a selection of handmade products from the finest contemporary makers. London’s international event for creative retailers from across the UK and beyond.

DEADLINE 20th Sept

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SS17 Craft Call for Entries