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Venue: The City & Guilds of London

Deadline to apply: 17/08/2020

Dates: This workshop will run for five days from Monday 17th to Friday 21st August 2020.  

Workshop Information

Course Outline

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 Eglomisé. A graduate of the City and Guilds of London Art School with a degree in Conservation and Restoration, Rian is now the gilding tutor for both the Historical Carving and the Conservation courses at the school. Rian has managed and been involved in numerous prestigious projects in both the private and public sectors, including The National Trust, English Heritage, The Mercers Company, Merton College Cambridge, Victoria & Albert Museum, St Georges Bloomsbury, St Alfreges Greenwich, The Seven Dials Covent Garden, Stoke Park, Chateau De Moncla, France and ICON. Rian is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild and affiliated with ICON, Society of Gilders, and Museums Association.

Precious gold leaf can be found right across the country in many architectural forms and elements from external substrates and weathervanes to gilded lettering in carved stone plaques and statues. In this workshop, we will be gilding using a plaster cast. When sealed, even plaster may be oil gilded (though it should not be exposed to the elements). A gilding technique is used whereby gold leaf is adhered using an oil mordant. An enamel primer coat is applied initially which aids in the reflection of the gold. Once the correct drying timing is reached, gold leaf is then laid onto the surface, resulting in a beautiful solid gold look.

The ancient practice of gilding on glass (Verré Eglomisé) will also form part of this workshop. The earliest known examples date from 3rd to 5th centuries when the Egyptians and Romans decorated the bases of vessels with decorative motifs. Gilding onto the reverse side of glass creates a wonderful mirrored effect. You will learn the skill of how to cut, lay and apply delicate gold leaf sheets. Your own design or drawing is scored into the gold leaf and then sealed with a coloured lacquer.

Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range transferable skill. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: ArchitectureArt & Design, and Illustration.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 18 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas such as drawing, painting and fine art. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

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

Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


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