About Gold Leaf Studio

Gold Leaf Studio is the architectural gilding business of Nancy Thorn, a master gilder who has served clientele worldwide since 1980. Based in Vancouver, Washington, Gold Leaf Studio has demonstrated the technical expertise, problem solving skills, and project management abilities to succeed on even the most challenging of projects.

Large scale projects are a particular specialty. From capitol domes to cruise ship sculptures, from statuary, historic mansions and large artistic pieces, Nancy Thorn and her team have helped make modern day gilding to be relevant, doable, and an exciting decorative element.

Nancy’s interest and background in gilding goes back decades. She was introduced to gilding via a student of Daniel Thompson Jr., who taught at Yale in the 1930s and translated several important tomes on medieval painting techniques. Soon after, Nancy trained under two of the East Coast’s foremost gilders, Boston’s Nils Johnson and Connecticut’s Bill Keck, spending several years under their tutelage.

In 2019, Nancy spun off Gold L eaf Studio from her previous company Gold Leaf Restoration, in order to focus solely on architectural work. Returning clients can expect the same level of quality and professionalism that has made Nancy Thorn’s work a watchword for excellence.

Larry Kirkland “Wisdom” Jacksonville, Fl Jacksonville Library 2005