Contemporary Gilding for Designers and Makers

Level Beginners
What you'll make Gilded wood and metal swatch boards
Skills you'll learn How to handle loose gold leaf, use of mordants, sizes, gelatine and application
Duration 2-4pm
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Gilding with gold leaf is a technique in danger according to the Heritage Crafts Association’s Red List of Endangered crafts. In a bid to save it from peril, we’ll be hosting a special half day contemporary gilding workshop with master gilder Rian Kanduth aimed at designers and makers interested in applying it to wood and metal for this year’s London Design Festival.

You’ll create two sample boards using loose leaf 23.5 ct triple thick gold, one applying gilding to wood and the other to metal – exploring the different possible effects. Following the session, you’ll be able to:
–    Recognise the differences of texture when gilding on a substrate with mordant only/ mordant and primer, and the relevant time frames for application.

–    Understand the types of mordant available and how they behave, application of and time frame needed.

–    Know the recipe for gelatine size water and application.

–    Know how to correctly handle loose gold leaf – cutting laying and application.

–    Have a basic knowledge of gilding tools and equipment.


Rian Kanduth is a master gilder of over 25 years in the field. Specialising in all aspects of gilding water, oil and Verre Eglomise. Graduating from the City & Guilds of London Art School in 1997 attaining a degree in Conservation & Restoration. She has since returned to the City & Guilds as the gilding tutor for both the Historical Carving and Conservation courses at the art school. Productively supervising and involved in distinguished projects for private and public sectors. Including  The National Trust, English Heritage, The Mercers Company, Merton College, Victoria & Albert Museum, St Georges, Bloomsbury, St Alfreges, Greenwich, The Seven Dials, Covent Garden, Stoke Park, Chateau De Moncla, France and ICON. Her career has covered Europe, South Korea, Georgia, Turkey and Japan.Invited lecturer on gilding at The Tokyo University of the Arts. A Brother of the Art Workers Guild, affiliated with ICON, Society of Gilders, ICON and Museums Association.

Please note that refunds and/or changes to ticket are available up to 7 days before course start date.