Gilding Education Scholarship Fund

$7,250 goal

Campaign created 3 months ago
Charles Douglas  SEATTLE, WA
Gold leaf gilding, an art and craft with an incredibly long history dating to approximately 3500 BC. has been mostly remembered through its impact during the French and Italian Renaissance periods. Gilding, however, is also deeply rooted in history throughout Europe and Asia, from Germany, Sweden, and Russia to India, Japan, China and beyond. And yet, all one needs to do is look up while walking the streets of New York City to see the continued use of this elegant artform on the tallest of buildings while lending a spiritual grounding in Churches, Cathedrals, Mosques and Temples throughout the world.

During the 32 years of my career as a gold leaf gilder I have felt drawn to the teaching of this art and craft and have been doing so throughout most of this time. I began an informal apprenticeship during the early 1980's at Saks Fifth Avenue where I began as a glass gilder, traveling the country gilding hundreds of Saks logos on entranceway doors in many of this country's major cities. It was this experience that led me to the beauty of Verre Églomisé, gilding on the back of glass.

From there I learned oil gilding on wood and shortly thereafter traditional water gilding for frames, furniture, and architectural gilding.

Today I have a private gilding practice in Seattle, WA where I hold workshops throughout the year in glass, oil, and water gilding as well as restoration of gilded antiques and a new workshop designed to assist Fine artists who wish to incorporate gilding in their works of art. During the last two years I have been able to build upon this through the sponsorship of Sepp Leaf Products, in New York where I have expanded teaching these gilding classes in their showroom studio in Manhattan.

It is a wonderful opportunity to help guide others who have such a passionate interest in this artform and allows me to contribute to keeping the art alive in this ever-changing world. There are, however, economic realities that must be faced in teaching, both as an instructor when I step away from ongoing projects in the studio and during times of travel; from the costs of gold leaf and materials to airfare, hotels, meals and transportation. Tuition fees are set competitively but due to the nature of the gold leaf gilding artform, travel expenses while in New York, and the desire to maintain relatively small classroom size of 8-10 students, tuition can be beyond the reach of some students who could otherwise greatly benefit from a focus study chosen from a variety of gold leaf gilding methods.

Go Fund Me seems to be perfectly suited to matching those who may have the capability and desire to help further the knowledge and practic of gold leaf gilding with those who have a desire to learn about gilding, for the sheer appreciation of it or even perhaps to create a career as a gilder and, if we're fortunate enough, to one day become a teacher of the gildingarts as well.

Therefore, I have created the Gilding Education Scholarship Fund and extend this opportunity for you to become a part of it! The intention is to offer a mix of Full and Partial Scholarships to those in need of financial assistance. The scholarships will be available in both the Seattle and New York studio locations with possibility for growth to other towns and cities and with an eventual hoped-for inclusion of Florence, Italy for an extended period of gilding and art study! An outreach program would also be enhanced to offer this opportunity to those who such a class may have previously been thought of as out of reach.

The funding received through the Gilding Education Scholarship Fund would be dedicated to classroom supplies, gold leaf, gilding tools as well as travel expenses, administrative and marketing support, and instructor fee. For those of you who are able to contribute to this extraordinary venture, a heartfelt thank you from me and from all those future gilders whose lives you will touch.

With peace, love, and clarity,

Charles Douglas
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Update 2
Posted by Charles Douglas
12 days ago
The Gilding Educational Scholarship Fund Campaign will be announced in the upcoming Winter issue of the Gilding Arts Newsletter now distributed to newsletter members in 15 different countries who share a love and passion for the Gilding Arts. Help support the next generation of gilders and the ongoing appreciation of this beautiful and ancient art. ~
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Update 1
Posted by Charles Douglas
3 months ago
The goal for the Gilding Education Scholarship Fund is to offer ten scholarships annually to allow these students to engage in hands-on intensive gilding workshops which are held throughout the year in Seattle and New York. Those who give will be able to read of the stories of those who are gaining knowledge and skill in the preservation of the beautiful art and craft of gold leaf gilding. ~
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Created December 20, 2016
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