About Us

The Gilder's Studio is comprised of a core group of artisans with widely divergent backgrounds and training. When needed, we also draw from a pool of talented contract artisans across the country, many of whom have worked with us for more than 10 years. The skill set of our team includes fine art, graphic design, industrial painting, sculpture, tool making and many other skills which are necessary for very complex jobs.

We handle a variety of projects - large and small - ranging from fine art conservation in Canada to construction management of major projects in Manhattan as well as private residences and some of the largest gilded installations in the world.


Michael Kramer

Michael Kramer

Michael is the founder and President of the studio. He learn the trade from a master decorator while working his way through the University of Maryland in the late 1960s.  In1985 he formed the studio and has concentrated on broadening his horizons in decorative painting and all forms of gilding.  Michael is a noted educator and author in his field, teaching for the Smithsonian as well as the Society of Gilders and is a 2002 Recipient of the Washington Building Congress' Craftsmanship Award.


Lisa Dasilva

Lisa DaSilva

Lisa graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Advertising Design. After several years in that field, she joined the studio in 1988 as an apprentice and has since moved up to become Executive Director.  She is a master gilder and decorator with an extraordinary eye for detail. Lisa is a 2002 Recipient of the Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award.


William Hayden

William Hayden

William Hayden joined The Gilders' Studio in 2006 after several years working in the peacekeeping and democracy development fields. He was educated at The Evergreen State College, University of Toronto, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. William's gilding interests, aside from architectural gilding and sculpture conservation with TGS, include verre eglomise, furniture, and decorative objects.

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