In Norwich

£ 455 VAT inc.


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    5 Days

Learn to apply different gilding systems. Participants will learn: How to make and apply gesso and poliment. The application of loose leaf gold and other materials to correctly prepared surfaces, including glass. Suitable for beginners or those wanting to hone their skills.



Start date

Norwich (Norfolk)
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Hall Farm Cottage, Easthill Lane, Kirby Bedon, NR14 7DZ

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On request

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Teachers and trainers (1)

Philip Hodge

Philip Hodge

Furniture Restorer, Cabinet Maker and Gilder

Philip trained in all these disciplines in 1992, and also passed with distinction City & guilds Part 2 in Furniture Craft Subjects and Advanced Furniture Studies. Since then, Philip has been in business as a furniture restorer, gilder and furniture maker. He is an experienced teacher, having taught a variety of furniture related courses over the past fifteen years. In addition to private courses Philip has also worked extensively for the Norfolk Local Education Authority and the Workers Education Authority.

Course programme

Course review:

All courses will be taught personally by Philip Hodge and comprehensive notes will be given to each student.

Gilding has a long and rich history and we will be spending a little time looking at the background to gilding. However we will be concentrating largely on the practical application of different gilding theories and methods, including; traditional oil gilding, traditional water gilding, modern materials and techniques, and gilding on glass. The biggest part of the course is "hands on", with students working on gilding projects.

All materials will be provided as part of the course fee. This includes a personal gilding kit for you to use on the course and then take home to use afterwards. The personal gilding kit includes 3 different brushes, a gilders cushion, gilders knife, gilders tip, squirrel mop, agate burnisher and 2 books of gold leaf. Comprehensive course notes will be supplied

You will work on 7 different supplied projects.

Within the course you will learn to apply different gilding systems, and you should be able to finish all of your projects. If not, you will of course be able to finish them in your own time at home.

Along the way you will be shown the value of choosing both the right materials and good quality products and attention to detail.

By the end of the course you should have acquired enough information and practical skills to be able to successfully complete your own gilding projects at home.

I would recommend that you wear an apron or other protective clothing.

The course will run from 10 am to approximately 4.30 pm on each day. There will be a break during the morning and afternoon sessions for tea/coffee. The lunch break will be 3/4 - 1 hour long. Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided within the course fee but students should bring their own packed lunch on each day.

Additional information

Payment options: (£100 deposit + £310 balance)
Students per class: 8


£ 455 VAT inc.