Rian Kanduth

With over 25 years experience, Rian's specialisms involve all aspects of gilding. Graduating in Conservation from the City and Guilds of London Art School, Rian now teaches gilding in the Conservation and Historical Carving departments at the art school. Rian also teaches, lectures and is employed by many institutions, private and public sectors in the UK, Italy, France, Japan and Georgia. Rian is a Brother of the Art Workers Guild, holding memberships with ICON, Society of Gilders, and Museums Association.

What is your approach to teaching?

The imparting of knowledge and transference of manual skills is an integral part of my teaching ethos. I have a passion for the rediscovery and preservation of ancient crafts and intangible cultural heritage which informs and enriches my practice. I am fortunate enough to have worked on many sites across the globe and each one has broadened my understanding.

What inspires your own work?

The people I have met across the world coming from different cultures and at times not even speaking the same language are still able to share their passion with enthusiasm and know how through the shared language of craft. The continued research into modern and tradition materials which informs my work is an endless source of motivation.

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