5-day Short Course – An Introduction to Verre Églomisé (Reverse gilding of glass) – 4th-8th April 2022

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This is a fabulous opportunity to join a practical 5-day course that offers a comprehensive introduction to Verre Églomisé or reverse gilding on glass.

Gilding has always been regarded as one of the more beguiling and mysterious of crafts. The practice of reverse gilding on glass is ancient. Earliest known examples date from 3rd to 5th centuries when the Egyptians and Romans decorated the bases of vessels with decorative motifs. Often found in museums and galleries and employed by sign writers and artists.

During the 18th century reverse glass gilding became fashionable once again by a French artist/picture framer Jean Baptiste Glomy, hence the term Verre Eglomisé, even though the technique itself is far more antiquated than Monsieur Glomy.

Gilding onto the reverse side of glass creates a wonderful mirrored effect.


You will learn the skill of how to handle delicate loose gold leaf, cutting and applying. You will then transfer your own design or drawing onto the gilded surface, learn interesting techniques for etching in the design in the gold leaf and then seal with a coloured enamel and some interesting techniques for etching.

The overriding characteristic is that of reflectivity. Glass gilding utilises the brilliant lustre of a noble metal in a most striking way.



Tutor Rian Kanduth (pictured right):

A master gilder of over 30 years in the field, Rian specialises in all aspects of gilding – water, oil, cut gesso, pastiglia, sgrafettio and Verre Eglomisé. Graduating from the City & Guilds of London Art School in 1997 she attained a degree in Conservation & Restoration.

Currently tutor at the City & Guilds for the Historical Carving, Conservation Stone & Wood, Conservation Book & Paper courses at the art school. In private practice she supervises and is productively involved in distinguished projects for private and public sectors including: The National Trust; English Heritage; The Mercers Company; Merton College; Victoria & Albert Museum; St Georges, Bloomsbury; St Alfreges, Greenwich; The Seven Dials, Covent Garden; Stoke Park; Chateau De Moncla, France; and ICON.

Her career has covered Europe, South Korea, Georgia, Turkey and Japan. Kanduth is an invited lecturer on gilding at The Tokyo University of the Arts; is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild, affiliated with ICON; and a member of Society of Gilders, ICON and Museums Association.

To register your interest, please use our online form here

  • College certificate
  • Interest in design
  • No prior experience necessary

There are a number of tools and pieces of equipment necessary for the course. If you wish to purchase them yourself, please find a list below.  For courses taught in College, the tutor will provide this kit so no need for you to.


Above are suppliers of gold leaf, gilding tools and gilding materials. Prices will vary.

Loose gold leaf prices vary with suppliers
22ct loose gold leaf book of 25 leaves is required
£23 + approx

Gilding cushion bespoke from tutor £50.00 – please enquire via admissions@thebcc.ac.uk


Gilders knife carbon steel £16.10
stainless steel £20.55

Gilders tip either a 25mm or 40mm
25mm £10.58
40mm £14.76

Da Vinci Squirrel Hair Gilders Tips

Sable dome brush
5/8” £11.30
3/4’ £18.19
1/2” synthetic point any local art shop

Gelatine capsules
10 £0.38

De ionised water
Local hardware or garage
£2.50 – £4.00

Oil paint (small tube)
Any local art shop
£2.50 – £4.00

Pencil H / h2 / h4 (one of any)
Any local art shop
£.50 – £2.00

Tracedown (wax free transfer paper)
red £2.85 +

Kitchen roll
£3.00 approx

Cotton wool
Chemist / supermarket
nb must be 100% pure cotton
£2.00 approx

Enamel spray hardware
£6.00 approx

Bamboo skewer sticks
£1.00 approx

Vaseline or lip salve
Supermarket / chemist
£1.00 approx

Sandpaper grad 320 or 400
Hardware shop
£3.00 approx

Small bottle of gin



  • 5 day course class. 10am to 4pm with an hour’s break for lunch daily
  • £575.  Please apply via website to register your interest and we will contact you with further details. Non-refundable £100 deposit and £50 registration fee from the fee will secure your place.
  • N/A (college certification only)
  • Opportunity to gain material for portfolio or develop your experience in design
  • Other design mainstream programme