Traditional Water Gilding – Peter Miller

Dates: August 5,6,7 – This is a 3 day class
Class Price: $805.00
Minimum 6 Student
Max. 10 Students

About the class:

This class is suitable for the novice as well as for those gilders who are interested in improving their skills and techniques. While we use the term introduction to… , this 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 as would have been used by master gilders during the Italian Renaissance are used in water gilding today. The class provides each student with a gilding foundation resulting in beautiful water gilded surfaces. This workshop teaches students how to make rabbit skin glue, gesso and bole (gilders clay with rabbit skin glue), preparing the wood surface for gilding and 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. This class promises to be educational, informative and hands-on. The three day class will be focused on process and not specifically project.

Traditional Water Gilding class is being offered as a 3 day class covering material preparation, gilding, burnishing.



Material included in price:
Students will each be supplied with 1 joined basswood frame and 1 book of 22kt Gold leaf along with the materials to make the recipes, a class handbook complete with instructions, recipes, sources, etc., abrasive materials, rolled cotton, polishing cloth, material for toning, assorted brushes, etc. I will bring material samples for students to return home with. Students will also keep the frames that they will be working on.

Materials not included in class: 

Gilder’s tool kit – fee $250.00 **
Traditional Water Gilder’s Tool kit includes:
1 gilder’s cushion
1 gilder’s tip
1 mop
1 gilder’s knife
2 bole brushes.

I have carefully sourced these tools over the years so that the student knows that they are receiving professional (but not the most costly) gilding tools which will last for years.



** Students with gilding experience may bring their own gilders tools. However the teacher requests that students registering for this class who have their own tools be in touch with the teacher prior to the conference.

Contact teacher with questions.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes along with a shop apron that can withstand art studio stuff.

Please contact instructor for details

About the teacher:

Peter Miller started in business with the opening of his framing business in CT in 1983. Peter was introduced to the Society of Gilders in 1989 and spent the next several years studying with Master Gilders including Marty Horowitz, Grace Baggott, Giovanni Bucchi, Ina Brosseau and Allen Marx, Jill London, Jeff Solomon, Sue Jackson and William Adair. Through Peter’s affiliation with the Society of Gilders and his deepening passion for the gilding arts, the studio fully transitioned from frame shop to frame maker’s atelier by 2012. P. H. Miller Studio period appropriate frames are around noted paintings and drawings by 19th and 20th century artists including Daniel Garber, Childe Hassam, Marsden Hartley, E. Irving Couse,Edward Potthast and N. C. Wyeth. The P. H. Miller Studio’s museum clients and associations include the G. W. Bush foundation and G.W. Bush Presidential Library, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Museum of the American Revolution Arlington House, National Gallery of Art, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Two Red Roses Foundation, Honolulu Academy of Art, Brandywine River Museum, The Kennedy Center, Chrysler Museum and Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. Peter is a past president of the Society of Gilders serving on the SOG board since 1998. Peter, through the Society, founded the Museum of the Gilding Arts in Pontiac, Illinois which opened in 2015. Peter teaches through the Society of Gilders in his studio, SOG Gilding Conferences and was a guest teacher at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He served on the management team of the Artisan Center of Virginia’s Top of Virginia Artisan Trail.