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Venue: Burghley House, Lincolnshire

Dates: This workshop ran for five days from Monday the 5th August until Friday the 9th August 2019.

Workshop Information

What is Pastiglia

Pastiglia is an Italian term meaning “pastework”. It refers to the shaping and carving of gesso (chalk) to add artistic decoration to objects. Most commonly known for its use during the Italian Renaissance, the technique is used today to adorn frames, ornamental boxes, paintings and other works of art. The gesso is typically applied in layers before being molded, carved, and ultimately gilded.

What to Expect

You will begin by learning how to prepare the gesso. The gesso is then applied to a pre-lacquered wooden piece or box (to a design of your own choice), before the whole piece is then gilded and burnished to a lustrous finish. The programme will expand your knowledge of the whole process of pastiglia and of the various decorative surface techniques associated with gilding.

The workshop will be run by The Creative Dimension Trust Tutor and Master Gilder, Rian Kanduth. Rian has over thirty years of experience in the field of conservation and gilding, with a special expertise in all aspects of gilding.

Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Professional Gilding, Product Design and Conservation.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be  14 – 18 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas such as 3-D design and fine art. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.

Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.

If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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