Understanding how a bronze’s patina was first created is of essential value to conservators. There is no better way of learning the difference between original finish, naturally occurring patina and corrosion, than getting to grips with this technique. Only by working with bronze can an appreciation of its personality really be understood.

Lucy Branch MA ACR

Join us for an exciting day of hands-on-learning about how basic colours are created on bronze sculptures and have the support of a highly experienced tutor.

This course will teach you about original patination so that you can understand and identify how a finish might have been created, what chemicals are likely to have been used to achieve certain shades and the techniques applied to bring them about. This practical training will allow you to try out the methods involved in this craft so that you get a feeling for the unique personality of bronze.

The day will focus on how to patinate some basic colours on bronze achieved with the hot patination method. This is a technique commonly used to finish art bronzes involving the application of heat and chemicals to a cast bronze surface. We will be supplying all materials


Your Tutor – Paul Joyce

PAUL JOYCE  has over thirty years experience in the production of fine art bronze casting and patination.

He graduated from Goldsmiths Art College, in 1982 and set up Nautilus Art Foundry 1990. He went on to start Silverback Bronze as a solo practitioner in 2004 to the present day.

Paul has  worked on both large and small castings, most recently the life-size K9 Memorial in Chelmsford for the artist John Doubleday for whom he also cast and patinated the 9ft Sherlock Holmes sculpture in London, the life-size Gerald Durrell at Jersey zoo and the Herbert Columbine VC memorial on the seafront at Walton-on-the-Naze. Other artists he has worked with are: Christopher Marvell, for whom I am the exclusive founder; William Pye; Dorothy Brooks; Zadock Ben David; Glynis Barton; and numerous other contemporary artists.

He has specialised over the years in producing complex patinas for artists such as Robert Aberdein and Theo Gillick whose work demands the use of a large and complicated palette of colours and techniques. He has been employed by various foundries to train their patination teams including the Tate Modern Gallery Conservation Department

how to patinate bronze man patinating a bronze sculpture

Where and how much?

The Foundry is located to the delightful North Essex countryside and is based now on the site of a former US airfield in Tilbury-Juxta-Clare: one of the buildings has been refurbished and now houses the casting and patination studio.

The workspace is intimate and allows anyone visiting to be able, on a very human scale, to witness, enjoy, and better understand the bronze patination process.

The course can take a maximum of four students. You can be collected from Braintree station and brought to Paul’s foundry.

The training starts from 10am and ends at 5pm

Tea/Coffee and home-made snack will be provided 

Book Now £230 + VAT


If you already have a bit of experience with patination but would like to learn how to create a specific colour or finish, you can book a private day’s course to concentrate completely on developing your skills in that area. This is useful for those who want a more in depth day tailored to their own needs. 

We have flexibility on dates so we should be able to accommodate your schedule. We will be in touch with you when you book to understand what you want to achieve and plan to make that happen. This is particularly useful for artists and professionals who want to go that much further than a foundation level course can take them. 


BOOK NOW £375.00 + VAT


When Are The Course Dates ?
When you book with us we will send you our next available date and future  dates to choose from

What Do You Learn On The Day? 
You will spend the day familiarising yourself with the basics of hot patination. Hot patination is a technique used particularly on fine art bronzes, large and small, to achieve a rich range of shades. You will have a chance to work on three basic shades during the day including black, brown and green. 

Is This A Practical Course?
Yes, this is a hands-on course. You’ll be learning by practicing, but we also offer an online course if you’d like a wider curriculum about bronze conservation. 

Do I Have To Be Artistic?
Not at all. Learning how to patinate is a unique skill – it has no correlation to how well you can draw or paint. 

What Clothing Should I Wear? 
Wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty – Jeans are fine. Shoes should be closed so boots ideally. 

How Do I Get The 50% Discount For The Online Course? 
Once you register for our patination course, we will send you a confirmation with a discount code for our online course

Will I receive a CPD Certificate? 
Yes! You will be able to download the CPD Certificate once you have completed your day of training.

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