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It started with an idea listed in a chapter of business ideas in a how-to-start-a-business book-learn how to gild with gold leaf. I had worked several years in retail custom framing primarily working in production cutting mats, mounting and framing art. The high-end 22kt gold leaf frames piqued my fascination. I knew nothing of how gold leaf was put on nor had I ever seen a sheet of gold leaf, but the seed was planted. I wanted to work with this beautiful medium.
An opportunity serendipitously came my way after being laid off. One day after two months of job hunting, I opened the want ad section in the Chicago Tribune-an ad for a company looking for a gilder or the right candidate to willing to learn. I called the phone number and learned the company was world renowned harp manufacturer Lyon&Healy Harps. They hired me and I learned how to gild harps in genuine gold leaf. It changed my life. I eventually ventured into self-employment specializing in restoring antique gold harps. Then I began writing about gilding and teaching. The experience has been surprisingly gratifying. The gilding arts has been my passion for over 25 years. I feel proud and grateful working with this medium.
By trade I am a gilder, frame maker, and gilded object conservator.
In my personal creative outlets I often incorporate the skills of my trade into the artwork I produce. I work in analog, alternative, and pinhole photography. And I work in egg tempera and carved and gilded surfaces.
Gilded surfaces were traditionally used to attract available light in pre-electricity times. Used to adorn picture frames, burnished gold leaf would bring any available light in to illuminate the artwork it housed.
In my work, I use gilded surfaces to create reflective surfaces. I have been exploring the use of reflective surfaces in abstract creations to attract light and to reflect pattern and texture to the viewer to create illusions
The P.H. Miller Studio specializes in fine historically influenced handmade frames with particular focus on the late 19th and 20th Century American frame-makers from Boston and Bucks County, PA. The P.H. Miller Studio also provides gilded surface restoration services for frames, objects and furniture. On site gilding is available as well.
Historically Inspired, Period Appropriate