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  • Lime Plastering & Decorative Plasterwork Tutorial - 4th September 2015 Lime Plastering & Decorative Plasterwork Tutorial - 4th September 2015

Jeff Orton Masterclass in Lime Plastering & Decorative Plasterwork

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Full day masterclass with renowned Master Plasterer Jeff Orton covering lime plastering, decorative plasterwork and running moulds.

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Properties and Benefits: The day will be geared towards that of a tutorial with Jeff demonstrating various aspects of the craft he has spent his lifetime learning and practicing so passionately. On the day he will demonstrate various aspects of his craft including lime plaster in three coat work, with the emphasis on the “setting coat” (the finish). Also decorative plasterwork including running moulds. It is our intention to allow some participation throughout the demonstrations with opportunity to fully discuss the craft with Jeff. QUEEN MOTHER MEMORIAL MEDAL FOR MASTER PLASTERER JEFF ORTON Master plasterer Jeff Orton is the second person ever to receive SPAB’s (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) prestigious Queen Mother Memorial Medal to recognise outstanding and conspicuous contribution to heritage crafts. Mr Orton received the specially created silver medal at SPAB’s ceremony in Canterbury for the Society’s 2010 William Morris Craft Fellows. The presentation was made by the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, The Very Reverend Robert Willis. Jeff says. “I was very pleased to receive the award and it’s made me more determined than ever to pass my on skills. I feel as if I’ve only just begun and in the next few years I’ll do whatever I can to further people’s knowledge of traditional plasterwork. I just wish I had 500 years ahead of me to achieve it. I am also determined to enthuse young people and show them that working on old buildings can be a rewarding career. Far from sitting in front of a computer screen, the sheer job satisfaction of getting out there and working on site with your hands is something really important to pass on.” A highly skilled craftsman, Mr Orton is not only a master plasterer, but also a stuccoist specialising in traditional plasterwork repair. His long and varied career has seen him bring his expertise to significant historic buildings including, Hardwick Hall, Haddon Hall, Calke Abbey, Apethorpe Hall, Belton House, Shugborough Hall, Warwick Castle, Kedleston Hall and Waddesdon Manor – to name but a few. A committed SPAB member, Mr Orton has given numerous demonstrations and lectures for the Society as well as for organisations including The National Trust, English Heritage, Building Limes Forum, York University, The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum and West Dean College. He has also been actively involved with the National Heritage Training Group, part of Construction Skills. In addition he has taken the message of good craftsmanship and sensitive repair even further afield. At the beginning of 2009 he visited the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina and also worked at a training project on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic with his son Henry. Mr Orton is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Plasterers and a member and past chairman of the Plasterers Craft Guild, which was established to pursue the ideal of craft excellence within the plastering trade through education and the ongoing development skills in the industry. Following a fall from a scaffold in 2005, he has concentrated on passing his skills on to the next generation of skilled craft professionals, encouraging a better understanding of traditional plastering skills through lectures, demonstrations and training sessions – all undertaken on a voluntary basis. Philip Venning, SPAB’s Secretary says: “Jeff has been a true inspiration to the dozens of young craftsmen, architects, and other building professionals who have learned from him on SPAB training courses. He lives and breathes the very best of traditional lime plastering, which sadly so few practise today.” Dates for 2016 are 20th May and 9th September. Read More Details here

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