Gilding Classes

Would you like to really enhance your gilding skills? Learn how to distress or antique gold? Is it glass, wood, photographs, art or furniture you want to gild? Never mind, because I am able to teach you the secrets of absolutely amazing gilding, no matter what area you are interested in!

I provide a wide range of classes or personal tuition for those who wish to experience gilding in a variety of formats and locations. It doesn’t matter what your experience or background, the courses can also be tailored to fully suit your personal needs. Over the years, I have worked with many different disciplines of artists, frame-makers, furniture restorers, interior designers, photographers and many more areas. But it's not just for professionals. I also specialise in developing the skills and confidence of complete beginners, so you’ll be in good hands, don’t worry!

I’m able to teach either in my own studio situated on the South of England or I can travel to you, no matter where you are - whether that’s the U.K., U.S. or Australia, it’s not a problem. For professional bodies, colleges and organisations, I offer my services for much larger classes, tailored to suit your needs. Great for wood-working groups, interior designers, artists and more whom wish to add something special to their work.

All the courses are fully tailored to the individual needs of you, the student. Before you arrive, a consultation about the desired outcome for you will be made and we'll discuss your required outcomes, so that everything is ready to go.


Thursday 1st - Friday 2nd February 2024.

Two days is an ideal introduction to the mystery and fascination of gilding and the correct techniques of handling the gold, correct surface preparation and more. It can cover the basics of oil gilding, water gilding or glass gilding. Or even a taste of all three if you're really keen!

Whether you have a professional interest in gilding, would like to restore or renovate home items or just fancy developing a new skill, the gilding experience is guaranteed to provide fun and stimulation, whatever your age, background and interests. You will learn the processes developed over thousands of years and transform almost any surface into a precious metal. Gilding itself, has a long and interesting history that dates back to over 4,500 years ago with the Egyptians. Since then gilding has changed very little.



This course will introduce you to creating special effects on leaf using different chemicals and techniques. This will be achieved through a series of online exercises conducted with the teacher directly from his studio in England.
There are many ways of gilding with the heavier metals such as composite gold, copper, silver and aluminium. This class seeks to elevate your understanding of the se processes by inviting you to use a selection of chemicals upon the surfaces to create a wide range of special effects, including verdigris, antique brass, patinated silver and more.

This one day course will use a range of readily available chemicals upon a selection of different metals to achieve a range of effects. The exercise is conducted upon aluminium panels allowing a catalogue of finishes to be nicely portrayed for your future experimentation.

On participation, you will receive a box of materials that contains all you need to complete the exercises from the comfort of your own home or studio. It contain samples of the chemicals themselves, as well as composite aluminium panels upon which the gilding and chemical action takes place. The kit will also contain brushes, sponges a mixture of composite leaf (including copper, schlag and silver) and pure gold-leaf needed for the exercises. Please note, the photographs show the possibilities of the system and do not represent the exercises to be conducted in the class environment, although you may also choose to use the products on something of your own choosing if you so wish to in consultation with the tutor.

The lesson will be conducted over Zoom Conferencing, with direct access to the tutor for the day, which will run for approximately 7 hours, including a break for lunch.


April 2024

Kintsugi (golden joinery) started in Japan around 500 years ago. When a clay, porcelain or glass item was broken, instead of hiding any repairs, the art (and idea) of Kintsugi is to celebrate the damage as part of the life journey and history of a piece. This philosophy is a great idea to carry forward today in the ecologically aware conditions that we are exercising on the earth.

Using contemporary materials, this Kintsugi class is a chance to explore the potential of this craft with your own items. Whether you have cracked, broken or smashed vessels that need repairing, or wish to break something anew within the class in order to repair it, any cracks, gaps or chips can be repaired using pure gold-leaf to turn those imperfections into something beautiful.

Vases, plates, bowls and many more things can be explored. However, the Kintsugi process is for decoration only, and the utilitarian nature of the vessel may not be something that can be kept.

With broken pottery, the Japanese would accomplish this with the use of staples and natural resins mixed with powdered gold. In fact, people would sometimes deliberately smash precious family pottery and heirlooms in order to have them repaired by a Kintsugi craftsman and elevate the piece in the home!

For our class, we will be using modern water-based materials, as well as super glue and epoxy resins. The repairs can be completed in either pure yellow gold, or if you prefer white gold according to your taste.

You may work on as many pieces as you can find the time for. You also be invited to take home all the materials that you have been using, so you can carry on Kintsugi in the comfort of your own home.

For details of the above courses, please just email me and I will send you the information.


The Personal Class is for those who prefer a more home or studio based personal experience. I make myself available to you at your request. Again, these classes are tailored to your specifications and ensure undivided personal attention and development, and all tools and materials are brought to you. These sessions can be for yourself, or for more than one person, so you can share costs with a friend or two!

On any of these courses you can learn one, two or all three of the following:

OIL-GILDING Learn how to apply gold leaf and other precious metals to a variety of surfaces. Several different surfaces are explored, and a variety of leaf is used, including copper, silver, white gold and 23.5 karat gold. Lesser metals such as Copper, Bronze and Silver are frequently placed upon surfaces, such as picture frames and then tarnished to create a whole range of pleasing aesthetic effects. So you could produce a copper gilded panel, that is tarnished and then finished with a design on top in a precious metal of your choice.

Or, if you prefer, stick to the gold. Learn how to create a wide range of effects using different types of gold leaf on a variety of coloured backgrounds. Learn how to correctly distress and antique surfaces using different techniques.

Do you have something in mind that you want to gild? Great! Bring it along!

WATER-GILDING Learn the basics of water-gilding, the technique most commonly used to decorate picture frames and furniture. You will personally make up ancient recipes, apply gesso and bole to the surface and ensure a flawless finish followed by the experience of applying the gold itself. Burnishing skill is developed and so is antiquing finishes and more, including Granitto (incised or punched gesso) and Pastiglia (raised gesso) techniques. The final finish can be burnished, distressed or antiqued according to your taste.


Learn how to apply gold leaf and other metals to glass and manipulate it in different ways to produce different finishes. We can look at creating antique mirrors, creating decorative effects and blending colours on the surface or even drawing into the gold to create bespoke pieces of art. There is so much that you can do with glass gilding, so free your creativity and give it a go. Although Gold is the most commonly used metal in gilding, other precious metals such as Platinum, Palladium and Silver can also be used.

If needed, I can also provide details of accommodation for those who will be travelling.


If you have any questions regarding your learning requirements, please just drop me a line and I'll get straight back to you.