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Courses on scagliola

From: Kathy Stayt <kathy.stayt>
Date: Friday, December 6, 2002
West Dean College
   February 10-14, 2003 and
   February 16-20, 2003
Course Code: 8D 076 (CC)
Cost:   UKP745 residential
        UKP665 non-residential

This is very much a hands-on course giving the students an
introduction to the making of the material called scagliola, often
used in place of marble for exotic surfaces for walls, floors,
table-tops and pedestals. While it has been found on artefacts of
ancient civilisations, it was especially popular in the eighteenth

Students will be introduced to the materials and tools used in its
manufacture, and then as a combined group, make a plain round
scagliola table-top using the traditional seventeenth century
techniques and encompassing the skills of the finishing and
polishing processes.

Students will then apply themselves to making their own recipes and
get a feel for the blending and mixing of different colours.  They
should be able to take home a selection of tiles, or simple picture
frames made in scagliola by themselves, as well as a general
knowledge of the possibilities of the material.

The course will include a short lecture and slide show on the
history and development of scagliola from the end of the sixteenth
century through to the period Baroque/Rococo of Bavaria to the
present time, including the conservation and restoration of
scagliola.  A short visit to view scagliola in situ at Goodwood
House may also be arranged (for which there may be a small entrance

Students will also be shown the Marezzo technique of scagliola, a
technique developed in the 19th Century and used largely in the
State Capitols of America.

David Hayles is one of the leading international experts on
scagliola and has taught the subject at the European School for
craft conservation in Venice and has been involved making scagliola
for many projects and been involved in its conservation/restoration
in this country, Australia and the U.S.. He is a partner in the
ornamental plastering company Hayles and Howe which was founded in
the 1970's.

The course will run for two four-day blocks with a weekend in
between. Students may stay on as residents in the College over this
weekend.  If you choose to do this please let us know in advance and
ask the College Office for the additional cost payable to cover your
accommodation and meals.

Cover Charge: There will be a basic cover charge for general
materials used by the group as a whole.  This will not be more than
UKP30 and is in addition to any items you may purchase individually.
These charges should be paid to the tutor before the end of the

Materials for the course. These items will be available for purchase
in the College Shop:

    Natural sponge
    Methylated spirits
    Flat surform blades
    Stanley knife and blades
    1 inch and 2 inch paintbrushes
    1/4 inch oil paint brush
    Wet and dry grit paper

Please bring any of the above, if you have them, and in addition:

    Good kitchen carving knife (not too good!)
    Apron or overall
    Cotton rags
    Hard point cross cut saw
    Pot of Vaseline (petroleum)

If you have any concerns regarding the above request, please do not
hesitate to contact me on the address/telephone number below.

    Kathy Stayt
    Marketing, West Dean College
    West Dean, Chichester
    West Sussex PO18 0QZ England
    +44 1243 811301
    Fax: +44 1243 811342

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:39
                Distributed: Tuesday, December 10, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-16-39-029
Received on Friday, 6 December, 2002

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