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 enamoured@enamellers.org

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: www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/

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

Entry free, by appointment only 1 Moreton Street, Birmingham B1 3AX assayofficebirmingham.co.uk

Education programme to be announced

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

Butcher Works Gallery, 72 Arundel Street, Sheffield S1 2NS

academyofmakers.co.uk Monday – Saturday, 10.00am to 3.00pm, free entry Mid-Wales Arts Centre April to June

Enquiries: enamoured@enamellers.org


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

Naomi Nevill honoured with an enamelling scholarship

Jewellery designer/maker and enameller Naomi Nevill has been honoured with an enamelling scholarship by the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, one of only 350 scholarships in the history of the trust.

QEST was created in 1990 in honour of the Queen Mother on her 90 th  birthday, this year on The Queens 90th  birthday she became patron of the Trust which funds training of the most innovative, talented and dedicated British craftspeople, specialising in many creative fields from stone carving to coach building and of course enamelling.

The scholarship will allow Naomi to visit and be taught by some of the best enamellers in the country, Phil Barnes is offering a long term training program and both Fred Rich and Jane short are helping with the training.

The scholarship winners were invited to the Royal Warrant Holder Association’s annual luncheon, to exhibit a range of work and be awarded their certificates. Naomi spoke with many people on the day including well-known enameller and QEST judge Fiona Rae, Jewellery designer Steven Webster and the team sponsoring her Dengie Crops.

Naomi says she hopes that this training will allow her to eventually become a master enameller, making unusual vibrant pieces and teaching others this extraordinary art.

Handmade Edinburgh

Handmade in Britain (Edinburgh)

Handmade Edinburgh is a three day selling event and will take place at The Hub from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2016 (Private View evening on Thursday 27th October 2016). Handmade Edinburgh sets very high standards, representing the finest contemporary craft makers from Scotland and beyond. Selected by an experienced team, Handmade Edinburgh is open to makers & artists resident in the UK working to the highest level in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, metal, wood, stone, mixed media, leather, furniture, paper, prints, fashion and sculpture. Makers don’t need to live in Scotland or be Scottish to take part in the event, although we would like to encourage applications from makers in Scotland.

Stands start from as little as £400+vat and will be allocated on an ongoing basis so we encourage makers to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Apply here: handmadeinbritain.co.uk/edinburgh or download an application pack here. The final deadline for applications is 31 May 2016.