Gold Leaf Gilding and the Dignity of Craftsmanship
September 19–22, 2013
Spend three days learning the centuries old techniques of applying gold leaf through hands-on work, demonstrations and experimentation. In the inspiring environs of the Great Stupa and its art studio we will incorporate a variety of historical and modern techniques for working with metal leaf for art, frames, furniture, and architectural elements. We will work with mindfulness practices and the principles of the Four Dignities of Shambhala to help us notice how they facilitate the craft and how the craft encourages mindfulness. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the techniques used in gilding the Stupa, and to explore and develop practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to your artistic repertoire as well as everyday life.
Note: Limited to 12 participants. Program tuition includes a $50 material fee.
John Perkins has been gilding since 1992. He worked as museum conservator for the National Historic Parks Service in Canada and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, John worked on gilding in the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya and has returned in subsequent years.