"Glass Ceiling" by Ashley English


“Surface Matters”

• What issues or information from a current, critical, cultural, social perspective prey on your mind
• Depth of the matter, how will it be presented—superficially or deeply?
• Commentary to what extent?
• Treatment regarding finish, or it can be a declarative phrase – surface does matter.

Surface becomes that final critical step in an effective and convincing concept. In recent years, enamelists have explored finish in more innovative and creative ways than was seen in the entire history of enameling. From cracks to underfired gritty surfaces, from matte to traditional highly finished gloss, the surface of an enamel is no longer a standard step, rather it is a conscious choice the artist makes.

“Grit or Gloss" explores two of the extremes available to enamelists. Any, all or somewhere between can and will be investigated for this exhibition call.

Artists may submit up to two entries. Submitted work must have been completed in the last two years and not have been accepted into previous Enamelist Society exhibitions. Students may be enrolled in ANY academic institution, art center, craft program, individual studio education program, or self-taught. For this exhibition, a student must not regularly sell their work. The deadline for submissions is 11:59:59 PM EST, June 2nd, 2020

The jurors for this exhibition will be Charity Hall, Anne Havel, and Barbara McFadyen.

The exhibition will travel to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA before making a stop at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. We are currently working on another venue for the exhibition.

Entry fees are $35 for members, $45 for non-members, and $15 for students. Please click the links below for the application:

Member Application - Non-member application - Student Application


Thank you to all of the students that submitted to the Online Student Exhibition! We had a great group of pieces this year. A special thank you goes to our jurors for this exhibition, Arthur Hash and Judy Stone! You can find the exhibition below.

Click here for the 2019 Online Student Exhibition


Thank you to all of our members that participated in the Instant Gallery at this past Conference! We had a great turnout of artists and pieces for this show. Without further ado, click here for the Instant Gallery Exhibition!

All of these pieces were made and brought by attendees to The Enamelist Society's Conference held in Eugene, OR. Thank you all again for your participation and we had a blast putting on the show for you!


Alchemy5 Registration is now closed. Thank you to everyone that submitted!!

"Alchemy," a term that refers to a seemingly magical power of transmutation as well as the ancient chemical philosophy of turning base metal into gold or silver, can apply to enamel as it is magically transformted by heat.

Alchemy5 is the 17th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and 13th International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition, sponsored by The Enamelist Society. The Exhibitions highlight the best in contemporary enamels produced in the last 2 years. The International Juried Exhibition showcases the work of enamelists that demonstrate aesthetic and technical expertise. The Student Exhibition, which is always very inspiring, features the work of students in accredited degree programs throughout the world. The Exhibitions will be hosted at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR from July 31-August 7, 2019.


We are please to announce the 2019 Collaborative Exhibition, Alliance/Reliance, to take place at the Conference in Eugene, OR. Please follow this link for more information on the exhibition.

To register for the exibition, please complete this form. If you have any questions please contact the Webmaster.


  • Conference attendees are also encouraged to take part in what is known as an "Instant Gallery", where they can show two pieces of work in a gallery setting free of charge. See previous examples.
  • Workshop presenters take part in a special invitational.


Purchase catalogs and CD's from previous Society Exhibitions.