Class Details

Water Gilding Workshop: POSTPONED! Stay Tuned...


THIS CLASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO VIRUS CONCERNS.  There are still spaces left if you wish to sign up on a conditional basis.

Peter Miller's workshop provides the student with an immersion into the ancient decorative art of Traditional Water Gilding. Traditional Water Gilding is only achieved when the methods, types of materials and proper tools used by master gilders during the Italian Renaissance are used in water gilding today. This class provides each student with that foundation which will result in beautiful water gilded surfaces. This workshop teaches students how to make rabbit skin glue gesso, making bole (gilders clay with rabbit skin glue), preparing the wood surface for gilding, how to use specific gilders tools. Once the frames are prepared each student will learn how to apply gold leaf onto the frames and then learn how to burnish the water gilding, rendering highly reflective surfaces. As time allows the workshop always devotes a smaller but important block of time devoted to learning the basics of toning the gilded surfaces. This Workshop promises to be educational, informative and a hands on experience.
This class is suitable for the novice as well as for those gilders that are interested in improving techniques. Each student will be provided with a frame to work on and then take with them. Students should bring work clothes or aprons and comfortable shoes which will enable standing while working. If a student already has proper gilding tools they are encouraged to bring them.

What's included in the workshop?

Materials that will be supplied for use in the class and/or to take with them include 1 joined frame, gold leaf for the frame, the materials for the class to make gesso, bole and rabbit skin glue, sand paper and other abrasive materials, rolled cotton, polishing fabrics, materials for the class for toning, class syllabus including recipes, formulas, material resources and reading list.

The Tool Kit if ordered includes 1 dog tooth shaped agate burnisher, 1 gilders cushion, 2 bole brushes. 1 gilders knife, 1 gilder’s tip, 1 mop*

*Students may bring their own tools if they are traditional gilding tools. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can withstand art studio stuff.

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