The following is a small selection of photographs of students and their work that I have taught. Although I also work with well established gilders as well as beginners, all these students have not had any experience of gilding prior to my classes. Following these photos is a selection of testimonials from my students.


‘Thank you for a hugely enjoyable, informative and stimulating two days. Your tuition far exceeded my expectations and I left with skills beyond those I had anticipated. Furthermore, I really appreciated the way you were able to tailor your knowledge to my particular situation and interests, making the course wonderfully applicable to me. You removed the mists that seem to surround gilding, allowing me to learn in a supportive environment. I find a great test of any course is ones mind-set once it is over. So many times one is left feeling “I can’t”, but with your tuition, Richard, I very much left feeling that “I can”. I’d recommend your courses in a heartbeat!’

Clive Bryant – Artist

I work as a tactile artist and want to take my work in a new direction by brushing up on my long forgotten gilding skills. I chose the amazing Richard Walker who is based at Making Space in Havant because is expertise in the world of gilding is second to none and his knowledge on the subject knows no bounds. It is not often you come across such beautiful craftsmanship. He was informative, brilliant at sharing his knowledge, he made the day fun and threw in lunch and endless cups of tea and I will be the first to buy his book when it comes out.

Heather Bowring - Professional Artist

I had an awesome day with Richard, learning all things gilding both traditional and experimental. It will take my art to the next level. Richard is a master craftsman and a great teacher. Very enjoyable.
Dale Emmerson - Artist

Great day's tutorial from Richard- so much ground covered in just a few hours! Fantastic to learn some essential gilding skills from such a friendly, patient teacher. Thoroughly recommended. - J Rigler

A brilliant and enjoyable course covering a vast spectrum of techniques that I will inevitably incorporate into my new artworks! An incredibly productive 2 days. Thank you Richard!

Ewan David Eason - Artist

‘Hi Richard, just a line to thank you for a well-constructed and informal class. I now feel confident enough to attempt most projects. Regards’- Tony B.

‘Loved the workshop, the instructor was a nice chap who had time for everyone. He made it a fun experience and at the same time was able to show us different processes and techniques.’ - Mel.

‘Hi Richard, really enjoyed the course recently. I missed out on an old set of burnishers on eBay last week. 48 items went for £90... they would have been a really good buy!’- Rick K.

‘Dear Richard, I have been meaning to write for some time to say how much I enjoyed your couple of weeks teaching at Gifford. I know that everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.’ - Charlie C.