Savannah Grieve

About

I am currently a final year student in BA in Conservation: Stone, Wood & Decorative Surfaces at City and Guilds of London Art School. Prior to this, I achieved a first-class degree in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts. Subsequently, I spent three years working at Arch Bronze Sculpture Casting Foundry, during which time I developed and honed my technical skills – which include gilding, object handling, clay modelling, mould making, resin and plaster casting

At City and Guilds, I’ve developed a range of historic craft skills—from japanning and verre eglomise to wood and stone carving, alongside laser cleaning and conservation science. I have independantly completed client-based treatments for wood, frame, stone, and plaster-cast objects, with projects involving institutions such as Eton College and Rochester Cathedral.

I have gained a thorough understanding of the theory and ethics involved within conservation practises and the documentation required to aid any practical work. I’m also trained in analytical techniques such as microscopy, pigment analysis, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and UV-Vis photography, using them to inform treatments.

My experience extends to on-site work, including environmental surveys at Southwark Cathedral and Condition Reporting for Westminster Abbey. I’ve also interned in private practices and at The British Museum, gaining valuable exposure to different conservation contexts.

Education

City and Guilds of London Art School: BA Conservation of Stone Wood and Decorative Surfaces. Graduating 2024

Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London: BA Fine Art. Graduated 2018