& The Phil Barnes Bursary


The Brief

Any design-led enamelled jewellery, objects and silversmithing using traditional/or non-traditional enamelling techniques may be submitted. 
Entries will be primarily judged on creative ideas and design merit, with due consideration given to the standard of craftsmanship.

Judges Comments 2019/20

A very encouraging and diverse set of entries where some made conscious efforts to make design statements that enabled the enamel to be a creative tool resulting in contemporary statements. Judges were most encouraged.

Phil Barnes - Engraved & Enamelled Silver Vase 2017
Phil Barnes - Engraved & Enamelled Silver Vase 2017

The Phil Barnes Enamelling Bursary

This new annual bursary has been established in memory of master enameller Phil Barnes by his wife Linda. Phil was a lifetime entrant to the competition during his long and illustrious career, promoting and encouraging the highest standards of traditional enamelling skills and techniques. This bursary and legacy will positively support the next generation of enamellers by offering work experience with an established master enameller.

All entries in the enamelling sections will be considered for this bursary using the following rationale/criteria:

  • An award for a workshop training bursary dedicated to the enamelling sections
  • It is specifically for the development and advancement of enamelling technical skills through work experience with an established/experienced enameller
  • The bursary will be open to any entrant showing promise in their competition submission/s, and this doesn’t have to be a Gold, Silver or Bronze winner.
  • There is no age restriction

This bursary provides an excellent incentive for all aspiring enamellers to participate in the competition.  Everyone who enters work into either of the enamelling sections will automatically be considered for the bursary, which offers a marvellous opportunity to learn alongside a master enameller.


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