The first few months of 2016 have been full and productive. In addition to ongoing studio projects, I have had the pleasure of working with some new students and visiting one of my favorite industry fairs.
sanding bole
Sanding Bole
In mid-January, I was honored to welcome two students to the shop for a 5-day Introduction to the Traditional Materials & Techniques of Water Gilding course.

Both students – each of them Decorative Painters working in New York City – came to the studio with the aim of adding traditional gilding techniques to their cache of skills.

It was an honor to work with these applied artists and introduce them to the materials and techniques of water gilding; gesso, bole, precious and semi-precious leaf and the tools that facilitate the process.

We worked on many objects, some of which they brought, some I supplied to broaden their exposure to technical challenges.



One of the artists – a Decorative Painter with over 30 years experience -aim was to study water gilding on furniture and sculpted objects for new body of work she has been developing. For her the workshop was an investigation into classical use of water gilding on furniture and exploratory use of water gilding on sculptural form. We were able to work on these in tandem successfully.

Gilding while Lola the dog watches
Gilding while Lola the dog watches

The other artist intent was to take in all the fundamentals of water gilding preparation and application of gold leaf. Her focus and level of detail were successfully channeled into panels, chair rail moc-ups, and a kinetic piece I designed.

It was a cold wintery time of it outside but we (including Laura’s dog Lola) were cranking here in the shop all 5 days. It was an intensive experience; they went away heads spinning with new knowledge and possibilities.


Independent Study and Workshops are ongoing from novice beginner to skilled artisan.

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LineappleNYIn early February I attended Lineapelle New York, which showcases leading European and International wholesale producers of leather and textiles.

Lineapelle offers designers a preview of the latest trends and highlights presented at the world renowned LINEAPELLE MILAN – the largest of leather shows.

I go to the New York show to source leather, parchment and vellum. There is one exhibitor, Bodin-Joyeux that sells beautiful goatskin and lambskin parchment, calfskin vellum and amazing lambskin plongé leather.

Other leather exhibitor favorites are Degermann S.A. for fine calfskin leather, Alran and Jullien for goatskin and HCP LOUISIANE for crocodile, alligator, lizard, snake, and stingray skins.

Lineapelle New York happens twice a year, February and July and is open To the Trade with a pass obtained through online pre-registration. Learn more at

Late Winter 2016 Updates from the Studio