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Gold Leaf Workshops

In my desire to pass on this knowledge to other craftsmen, I regularly hold Gold Leaf workshops at my studio in Torquay, Devon where sometimes on a one to one basis & sometimes in groups I teach the techniques of glass decoration that I have researched over the last 37 years.

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. You will also leave with two beautifully framed mahogany glass signs that you will make on the course with a value of over £5000. I look forward to meeting and teaching you along with helping you to keep these crafts alive for generations to come. Thank you. David Smith MBE

I've had the most amazing time over the last four days. You're a serious wealth of knowledge and it's amazing that your willing to share it so generously.

- Craig Brown

... an incredible experience with gracious hosts. High value with insights gained that were so much more than expected and have had an immediate impact on my business.

- Scott Martin , Canada

I feel very privileged to have attended a Dave Smith workshop and learned from the master craftsman himself. An excellent teacher of glass work gilding with a fun sense of humour!

- Paul Walters , Christchurch , New Zealand

The skills and techniques that I've learned in Dave's workshops have empowered me to go out confidently into the world and craft long lasting, high quality signs. Ever genorous with his time and knowledge, the experience is 100% invaluable!

- Jack Hollands, London, England

A true master of his craft! Dave has an incredible depth of knowledge and an amazing skill set. It's rare in this day and age to find someone with such a skill set that crosses multi design disciplines and who's down to earth and willing to share his secrets.It's inspiring to watch his passion for the craft and highly recommend the course! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity

- Will Lynes, Sydney, Australia

Theses workshops will include the following processes:

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,Various stipples, Signwriting, Blended shadows both brush and finger blending.

White acid and toned embossing with Silver chemical deposition (mirror making) can also be taught but is a separate course.

Meals are included in the workshop. Guest houses , AirB&B , Hotels and Travel Lodges are all very close and within 5 minutes driving.

4 day Glass Gilding Workshop also suitable for Beginners

This Workshop is between 60 and 70 hours long. 

Over four days you will learn some of the most interesting old fashioned reverse glass processes. We will be covering many different gilding,

painting and embossing techniques to create two themed glass pieces. In the past such themes have been Confectionary, Whiskey, Art Nouveau

and Victorian to name but a few. This workshop is based on original Ephemera advertising designs and old fashioned gilded letters that have inspired me for many years.

The workshop will involve 12 – 15 hour long days, but they are fun days and at a nice steady pace.

Hours wise we are basically covering almost 5 days into 4 days!  nevertheless, this workshop is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding and you will be amazed with the finished results and the glass signs that you will be taking home with you. In this workshop the following techniques being taught are:

Glass Sign 1

  • Water Gilding (traditional gilding tip method and various other application techniques)
  • Oil Gilding,(matt finishes)
  • Blending of gradients of gold leaf both water gild and matt blends.
  • Sign writing
  • Screen printing
  • Wheel cutting and polishing (brilliant cutting)
  • Application of Abalone inlay (mother-of-pearl)
  • Shading and blending letters
  • Colour combinations, how to choose the right balance.
  • Drop Shadows
  • Mica colour shading into gold size
  • Marbling and finger blending
  • Acid etching
  • Water marbling
  • Transparent Glazes
  • Building the artwork, old and new techniques

The glass sign dimensions will change according to the themed project, but rough dimensions are 500 x 600mm. A beautiful handmade mahogany frame will be

provided upon completion of your sign.

As part of this workshop, you will also create a second glass sign to take home.

The techniques for this piece will consist of:

Glass Sign 2

  • Glass edge scalloping
    Sand blasting
    Glue chipping (1900 process) Amazing process to learn!
    Painted silvered background
    Brush blending and more.

The glass sign dimensions will change according to the themed project, but rough dimensions for this glass sign is 350 x 280. For both glass signs, a tough wooden MDF case with a handle will be provided for transport home including being handled for flights to all countries.

The finished pieces are heavily wrapped in bubblewrap for the interior of the cases.

Materials to bring

You will need to bring the following (LOOSE) gold leaf:

  • 4 books of 23 carat gold leaf
    2 book of 18 carat gold leaf. (Lemon or Green Gold)
    1 book of 12 carat gold leaf. (White Gold)

Glass, mother-of-pearl, paint, gilding tools and brushes will be provided, but if you would prefer to bring your own brushes and gilding tools you are more than welcome to do this.

2 Day Gold Leaf on Glass Workshops

 2 Day Workshop.  (24 hours long) 

During these two day courses, everything will be made by hand. These workshops will cover the traditional hand brush skills of painting letters in reverse on gold leaf. The classes are extremely rewarding, you will be making three 300 x 300 mm Victorian glass sign letters and learning many techniques throughout the day. I must stress that this course is suitable for any level of artistic ability, from beginner to experienced artist. Class sizes will be small in number to ensure that full attention is given to each student.

2 Day Workshop (24 hours)

We’ll be covering the following processes.

  • Water Gilding (traditional gilding tip and cushion method, other application techniques)
  • Oil Gilding
  • Sign writing in reverse
  • Glass edge scalloping
  • Brush control
  • Gold leaf blending ,water and oil (matt) finishes
  • Colour combinations
  • Mother of Pearl inlays
  • shading
  • blending
  • Screen Printing
  • and more…
  • Glass, mother-of-pearl, paint, gilding tools and brushes will be provided, but if you would prefer to bring your own brushes and gilding tools you are welcome to!

Materials to Bring.

  • You will need to bring the following LOOSE gold leaf:
    • 3 books of 23 carat gold leaf
    • 1 book of 18 carat gold leaf
    • 1 book of 12 carat gold leaf

 

A selection of photos from previous workshops.

These are my new Dates for the 2022 Glass Gilding Workshops at my studios in Torquay Devon.  The courses are for both Beginners and Advanced artists. Only 3 to 4 students per class.

Please email me for Prices and any other information needed at .  davidadriansmith@icloud.com

March 8th,9th,10th………………………..3 Day Silvering Workshop……….SOLD OUT

March 15th-16th…………………………….2 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

March 22nd 23rd 24th 25th ……………4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

April 2nd-3rd…………………………………2 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. 2 SPACES AVAILABLE

April 7th 8th 9th 10th……………………..4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

April 21st 22nd 23rd 24th………………..4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop 1 SPACES AVAILABLE

May 5th 6th 7th 8th………………………..4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

New Workshop Date

May 12th 13th 14th 15th………………….4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. 1 SPACE AVAILABLE

May19th 20th 21st 22nd………………….4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. SOLD OUT

June 19th 20th 21st 22nd………………..4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

June 30th – July 1st 2nd 3rd……………4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

July 5th – 6th………………………………….2 Day Glass Gilding workshop.  SOLD OUT

July 19TH – 20TH…………………………..2 Day Glass Gilding workshop.  SOLD OUT

August 4th 5th 6th 7th…………………….4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. SOLD OUT

September 1st 2nd 3rd 4th………………4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

September 16th – 17th……………………..2 Day Glass Gilding Workshop 1 SPACE AVAILABLE

Sept 29th 30th ,Oct 1st 2nd……………..4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop.  SOLD OUT

October 22nd – 23rd……………………….2 Day Glass Gilding Workshop 2 SPACES AVAILABLE

November 10th 11th 12th 13th………….4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. SOLD OUT

December 1st 2nd 3rd 4th……………….4 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. SOLD OUT

December 12th – 13th ……………………..2 Day Glass Gilding Workshop. 3 SPACES AVAILABLE

 

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