Nike de Bellaigue’s 2015 AGM Report

Read Nike de Bellaigue’s 2015 AGM report that was held at the Art Workers Guild

View or download the report on AWG pdf

More information about the Stefan Knapp Collection and the Mid Wales Arts Centre can be found at

Craft & Design Awards 2016

We are now inviting applications from professional designer makers working in Britain or Ireland for Selected, our online gallery. A Standard page featuring images, contact details and some descriptive text is free of charge, whilst there is a small annual fee for a Premier page.

And everyone with a page on Selected is automatically entered for our 2016 Craft & Design Selected Maker Awards , where the top prize for our 2016 Selected Maker of the Year includes a front cover feature, a year’s promotion and a nice fat cheque for £1,000!

There are lots of other prizes too of course, with 6 Gold awards and 12 Silver awards being given. We’re closing for applications at the end of November, well ahead of the online vote opening on 1st January, so designer makers who would like to be considered for Selected and also have a chance to become our 2016 Selected Maker of the Year, should please submit their application before then.

The Practice of Painting in Enamel

British Society member Gillie Hoye Byrom would like to share details of her e-book, e­-course and videos about enamel painting.

Vitreous enamel painting has been neglected over the years.  Now for the first  time there is a book on the subject.   Gillie Hoyte Byrom who has over 35  years experience, has written her treatise ­ “The Practice of Painting in  Enamel.”  She fully describes all the methods she was taught when she  trained in Barcelona in 1990, besides giving comprehensive instruction in  enamel painting techniques she has developed in creating miniatures to  commission. Read more


British Society of Enamellers exhibit in Northampton 4th October – 14 December 2014

This multi- award winning venue deserves a brief introduction since it attracts a large number of visitors and is situated in the recently designated Culture Quarter of Northampton. 78 Derngate was a small Georgian terrace house dramatically remodelled by the Glasgow designer and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916/17.

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Handmade at Kew

Handmade in Britain and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are pleased to announce the launch of a new international craft show, Handmade at Kew. Taking place in October 2015 this is an exciting new consumer event for Contemporary Crafts at the prestigious UNESCO world heritage site, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The show offers individual designers alongside groups, galleries and organisations an inspiring location to exhibit exquisite work of high quality, tradition and heritage to a discerning audience.

This unique collaboration between Handmade in Britain and Kew supported by CRAFTS Magazine draws on a wealth of event experience within the sector and an extended network of supporters, advisors and partnerships to deliver an exciting new addition to the craft calendar.We are inviting your organisation to apply to take a stand at the show.

Please do visit our website

The deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 30th April 2015.


As an organisation with an interest in contemporary crafts we would like to introduce SITselect to you and a new initiative that we are launching in October 2015.

SITselect is an established and highly acclaimed arts organisation based in Stroud in The Cotswolds and we organise year round events that attract visitors to the region from all over the UK, supporting and profiling artists nationally and internationally. We love everything to do with contemporary crafts and the applied arts and we like to inspire surprise and excite audiences through showcasing the very best work from applied artists, makers, designers

The Select Showcase is a new 3 day event in our annual calendar. The Select Showcase will be an inspiring three days, showcasing the best in British contemporary craft and design, in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in the heart of the Cotswolds. Part of this major new event will be exhibitor stands where designer makers can exhibit and sell work, meet future clients. In addition there will be talks, demonstrations, workshops, bookshop and book signings and our renowned conference.

To find out more and register for the showcase please go to sitselect/showcase

Closing date for applications is April 30 2015.

If you feel passionately about making and fine craft then SITselect is for you. We would love you to join our creative network of designers, artists and craftsmen.

To find out more about us click on the link to our website here;

or if you would simply like to sign up for our newsletter please click here newsletter

Many Thanks

Sarah Condie, SITselect Showcase,

Creative Kreis International 2015

You are invited to participate in Creative Kreis International Exhibition in Florence Italy from 22 may until 28 may 2015 from Mary Mulder president of Creativ Kreis International which was founded by Gertrude Rittman-Fischer in Germany in the 60’s.

CKI Members fill in the form to participate in this very important and special CKI-exhibition in Florence, we already have contact with EMA REIZEN. Members of CKI and Friends (non members) are invited to take a bus journey from the Netherlands Valkenswaard via Germany to Florence from 22 may until 28 may.

For further information contact:

Link to application forms and more info as downloads

Enamel At 78 Dec 2014 exhibition

Work for our forthcoming exhibition is coming in – really beautiful pieces. The gallery is at 78 Derngate,  an exciting venue, winner of the 2009 Excellence Award for Best Small Visitor Centre and incorporating the Charles Rennie Mackintosh House. Enamel At 78 will include a range of enameling styles and techniques, including contemporary jewellery and spoons, handsome copper bowls and small beautiful wall panels. Bought pieces can be taken away, to be replaced with another example of the artist’s work.

The exhibition opened on Friday Oct 3 –  and will close Dec 23rd

Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award 2015

The British Society of Enamellers is pleased to be one of the sponsors of the annual bursary awarded by our sister organization, the Guild of Enamellers. The bursary encourages new enamellers who show talent and innovation in their work and a commitment to including enamelling in their professional practice. This year’s bursary attracted a large number of applicants, all of whom will benefit from a year’s membership of both organizations.

There was a very high standard of work, many candidates having developed their own methods and techniques, and it was heartening to find that many colleges are now introducing enamelling to their students with particularly strong entries from some of the Scottish colleges. After much discussion, the bursary was awarded to Josephine Conkie, for her ability to use traditional enamelling techniques in an experimental, creative and contemporary way. Four runners-up were also selected: Galit Barak, Kathryn Partington, Katie Petrie and Maria Torres who all showed innovation and determination to continue to develop the use of enamel in their work.

For more information, please visit


The Young Designer Silversmith Competition has now ceased and in its place Funded Master Craftsmen Internships are now available to selected students and career silversmiths.
Dates Ongoing
Prize A funded internship with a relevant Master Craftsperson.
How to apply Please contact the Curator’s department at the Goldsmiths’ Company for a brochure about Master Craftsmen Hosted Workshops and how to apply. For further information visit the Goldsmiths’ Company website Curator & Collections section.