Archive for June, 2010

Bird Deco

Gypsy Caravan Glass

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

This is one of four decorative cut glass beveled mirrors. These mirrors were made in 2008 for ornate fairground gypsy caravans. (more…)

Rose Water Glass

Monday, June 21st, 2010

The Rose Water glass panel was designed for a Gold Leaf workshop with my friend Gary Godby who came here from Virginia, USA in 2006. (more…)

Gold Leaf Workshop Techniques

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Gold Leaf Workshops. Limited to Two people per class or a one to one workshop. This usually is a 4 day workshop but sometimes it can go into 5 days. You will be taught the necessary processes and techniques to produce a beautiful decorative Victorian letter , selective  Design or an old Billhead design that can be found on the top of  Ephemera paper designs from the 1900’s . Once you complete the workshop you will take this home with you to hang on your wall.

The workshop will include the following:

Decorative Paint Effects, Brilliant Cutting to add details to letter centres and corners of panels. Abalone application, Damar Varnish textures, Split blended Shades, Gold Leaf blending in oil size and water size, Screen Printing, Pictorial painting, glazes and mica effects,acid etching.

White acid and toned embossing with Silver chemical deposition (mirror making) can also be taught but is a separate course. Angelgilding and Gun Metal blue deposition on glass is also available as a 2 day course.

Meals are included in the workshop. Guest houses and Travel Lodges are 5 minutes away.

These Gold Leaf workshops are, to my knowledge, the only place where you can cover ALL of the required disciplines to execute an authentic “Victorian” reverse glass sign.

You will leave the studio with a full palette of almost magical glass recipes, fully equipped to continue and develop this wonderful art form.

For all this information please contact for dates and fees.
[email protected]
Telephone: 01803 613753

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Gold Leaf Workshop

Gerald Whittaker Glass Sign

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

This glass sign was made as a birthday present for Gerald from his wife Sue. Gerald is also a traditional signwriter, but his main love and hobby is traction engines. He owns and operates a beautiful original traction engine called the Mistress. (more…)