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Venue: Burghley House

Deadline to apply: 31/05/2019

Dates: This workshop will run for five days from Monday 5th August until Friday 9th August 2019.

Workshop Information

Pastiglia, an Italian term meaning “pastework”, refers to the shaping and carving of gesso to add artistic decoration to objects. Most commonly identified with its use during the Italian Renaissance for the bas-relief ornament of furniture, the technique is also used to adorn frames, ornamental boxes, paintings and other works of art. The gesso is typically applied in layers before being molded, carved, and ultimately gilded. This workshop will provide students with the opportunity to learn the art of pastiglia. Students will begin by learning how to prepare the gesso. The gesso is then applied to a pre-lacquered wooden piece or box to a design of the student’s own choice, before the whole piece is then gilded and burnished to a lustrous finish. The programme will expand students’ knowledge of the whole process of pastiglia and of the various decorative surface techniques associated with gilding.

The workshop will be run by The Creative Dimension Trust Tutor and Master Gilder, Rian Kanduth. Rian has over thirty years’ practice and experience in the field of conservation and gilding, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding from water gilding to oil gilding and Verré Églomisé.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria, Selection, and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying


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