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.


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.


The 5 Day Masterclass provides a much, much deeper level of understanding of gilding. As well as covering the techniques of the 2-day taster, on this course students are encouraged to bring a piece of work that they are interested to work on and are provided tailored guidance on how to proceed. The main skills of oil gilding, water gilding and glass gilding are still used, but are much more developed. Further skills such as antiquing, staining and more are also looked at. This course is for those whom are looking to develop gilding as a serious hobby or career and want professional guidance, counselling and ongoing support.


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.