May 22nd 3pm EST – David Smith, MBE
David is a British designer, glass embosser, gilder, and signwriting artist based in Torquay, Devon (United Kingdom).
He started his own sign-writing company in 1990 and, after 13 years, sold the business in 2003 to concentrate more on hand-crafted lettering and glass gilding. His main techniques include water and oil gilding, verre églomisé, acid etching, brilliant cutting, French embossing, glue chipping, sandblasting, screen printing, and sign writing. In recent years David Smith has also focused on traditional, ornamental hand-drawn design. He teaches the craft of sign writing and reverse glass gilding all over the world. He was awarded an MBE for services to reverse glass ornamental artistry in the 2020 New Year Honours.
SESSION: I plan to show you preliminary drawings of my work, gilded glass in the studio, and current projects I’m working on. A tour of my studio and a general chat about current commissions and processes.
Michael Kramer is the founder and president of The Gilders’ Studio, Inc., an award-winning firm with prestigious projects across the US and overseas. Formed in 1985, the studio works on monumental sculpture, state capitols, government, and commercial buildings, as well as churches and private residences, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, New York Life, the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Since 1987 he has taught gilding and decorative painting at the Smithsonian, for the Society of Gilders, and at other venues. He has also written several articles on gilding and related fields. His chapter titled “Exterior Architectural Gilding” was included in the book Gilded Metals from Archetype Press. A longstanding member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Gilders, he served as President from 2006 to 2013.
SESSION: Safety and Due Diligence: What you don’t anticipate can really hurt you. This talk will cover several safety issues we run into during our work and due diligence with the priming and gilding systems we use.
Miriam’s incredible talk is over, but you can watch a video recording here.
Artist and designer specializing in Verre Églomisé, the technique of gilding precious metals on the reverse side of glass, etching in a design, and setting it off with color. She has exhibited her work at The Museum of Art and Design and is a recipient of the prestigious Arthur Ross Award. Miriam has collaborated worldwide with architects and designers on many public and private projects.
SESSION: Miriam will give a studio tour and discuss several projects.