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Compo Workshop at The Conservation Studio, Knole

From: Monday 02.12.19
at 10:00am
To: Monday 02.12.19
at 4:00pm

The Conservation Studio



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Join our Senior Conservator (Frames & Furniture), Gerry Alabone, at Knole for a one-day practical workshop introducing the history and use of composition (compo) ornament. 

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The day will start with an introduction to the historical and technical development of compo in Britain between the eighteenth and twentieth centuries.  A large batch of compo will be made by the group from traditional ingredients of glue, oil, resin, chalk etc. – followed by participants using a variety of hand-carved intaglio moulds to press, trim and mount ornaments to take away. 

Handouts will be provided. Includes materials for workshop, tea/coffee, excludes lunch and entry to house.

10.00:                 Meet in the Hayloft Learning Centre for tea/coffee and introductions. 

10.15-11.15:       PowerPoint, table top handling session and discussion. 

11.15-12.45:       Making batch of composition and starting to press ornament. 

12.45-1.30:         Lunch (not provided) - participants to bring own lunch or food can be purchased in Brewhouse cafe.  Kitchen facilities available.

1.30-3.30:            Pressing and mounting ornament. 

3.30-4.00:           Tea/coffee & concluding group discussion.


If you’d like to take part please email – max. 9 places available, places allocated on a first come first serve basis. Application deadline Friday 1st November