Verre Eglomisé – Gilding and Reverse Painting on Glass in New Orleans

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Date(s) - 10/21/2013 - 10/23/2013
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Short Class Description: This class will cover both the basic steps of gilding and reversepainting on glass as well as more advanced églomisé skills. The use of multiple metals, along with more complex decorative paint finishes and techniques will be explored. An initial project will be given for teaching the technique, but students can bring their own design ideas to use towards a piece of work and exploration. Both beginners and studentswith some experience are welcome. Detailed notes including supply and vendor lists will be provided.

Materials: Includes several pieces of starphire glass, a shading brush, Japan paints and other studio materials.

Tool Kit Fee: $185.00 The following gilding supplies will be needed which you can either bring on your own or purchase in a kit that can be provided at the workshop. The kit includes a gilder’s pad, knife for cutting leaf, tip for applying leaf to glass, mop for tamping down the leaf, asingle sheet of gelatin glue, 12” strip of cotton for burnishing, Vaseline packet, 1 book ofMonarch 22-karat gold leaf and 1 book of Monarch silver leaf.

Please confirm at least 2 weeks prior to the conference if you would like to purchase a kit. 

There will be individual books of gold and silver leaf available for purchase during the class.

Instructors: Miriam Ellner & Wiley Kidd



Bio Miriam Ellner is a designer working in the unique field of Verre Eglomisé: the processof gilding precious metals on the reverse side of glass, etching in a design and setting itoff with color. She is one of the few artists who has mastered this rare art form, and hasbeen innovating and expanding upon it since 1990.

She began her formal study of decorative arts techniques at the Van der Kellen Atelier in Brussels and subsequently traveled to London to work in verre églomisé. Her study ofvarious glass techniques has continued at Pilchuck in Washington State, Urban Glass in New York City and The Studio in Corning, New York.

Miriam uses Eglomisé in a variety of ways, both modern and classic, with many diverseapplications including curved ceilings, rooms of glass, sandwich doors, tables, glasspaintings, powder rooms, chimneybreasts and laminated glass. As a designer, Miriam’s skills are widely recognized and have led to exceptional collaborations with world renowned interior designers and architects including Juan Pablo Molyneux, Tony Ingrao, Michael Simon, Brian McCarthy and Michael Smith. Her artistic integrity and unparalleled vision have enriched high profile projects from San Francisco to Moscow to Qatar, building an extensive body of work. Miriam is a recipient of a 2013 Arthur RossAward from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art for excellence in the classical tradition.

Class size: 15+

Cost: $605

You must first register for Gilding in New Orleans 2013