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Charles Douglas, Seattle, WA

Charles Douglas has over 25 years experience as a gilder specializing in traditional water gilding, oil gilding, and glass gilding for custom gilded frames, furniture, and architectural elements. He is dedicated to the restoration and conservation of gilded antiques. A long time member of the Society of Gilders Charles was both a Board member and Editor of the society's bi-annual International Journal of the Society of Gilders from 2006-2009
Originally from New York, Charles traveled extensively for Saks Fifth Avenue, providing gilding in 28 cities nationwide. In 1988 he relocated to Seattle, accepting private gilding commissions while continuing to provide gilding for Saks until assuming the position as lead gilder for Artech Fine Art Services. After seven years he branched off on his own as owner of Charles Douglas Gilding Studio. His projects range from custom gilded frames for eigtheenth to twentieth century works of art and frame restoration to gilded period furnishings and verre églomisé mirrors.
Charles is a patient and thoughtful gilding instructor who teaches workshops in traditional water gilding in Seattle with an eye towards expanding his gilding workshops to other cities throughout the US. He has also conducted classes and demonstrations through various organizations including the Seattle Art Museum, Cornish College of the Arts, Bellevue Art Museum, the PPFA, Pacific Science Center, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and the 1999 Society of Gilder's Symposium in Lancaster, PA. 


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Calder Danz
Calder Danz: Gessoing a large, contemporary frame before it's gilded with 12kt White Gold

Calder Danz ~ Calder has worked as a gilding assistant from 2005-2010 with gilder Charles Douglas. Calder now runs his own creative fine woodworking venture: Calder Danz Woodwork and Design. Calder continues to provide his woodworking expertise to the gilding studio for joining frames and for detailed carving for restoration of gilded antiques. His strong creative sense and fine woodworking skills are often called upon for special custom gilding projects requiring fine wood detailing, joining, splining, and buildups for frames that demand greater depth for canvases. Calder is a graduate of the University of Washington. 

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Gasworks Gallery Building
3815 4th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(Corner of  4th and N. Northlake Way
across from Ivar's on the
northern end of Lake Union)
Phone: (206) 795-8376