In undertaking restoration work one must respect an artist or
artisan who has passed on to us through their expertise an
object which has endured, sometimes for centuries.
It's fascinating to observe what an artist did in the past
with simple materials: rabbit skin glue and whiting (Blanc de
Meudon = chalk whiting) layered up and then moulded, engraved,
polished and often bearing the imprint of subtle emotions.
The mixture of glue and whiting make a paste which can be
modelled almost like clay and therefore it's possible to
create any shape or form before applying the red-bole
underglaze (a glue and clay mixture) onto which one then lays
sheets or “leaves” of noble metals – GOLD, SILVER, COPPER or
I hope through the use of these unique materials to imbue my
restorations and creations with feeling, poetry and humour
whilst still remaining modest.
Pablo Picasso said, “Since Lascaux we haven't managed to do
any better” a quote which speaks of the materials worked by
Early Man and of all the things we can feel when discovering