About Us

What We Do

Crafting something truly unique and tailored to your specifications, our team can create the perfect furniture or decorative art finish to suit your individual tastes. This can be done using an existing sample, making subtle adjustments to the colour, depth and texture, or we can create a completely bespoke finish from scratch to bring your vision to life.

Luke Black Ltd has an established and diverse customer base, operating directly with the end client and in partnership with a wide variety of respected interior and furniture designers, architects and artists.

"My team of artisans and I are committed and passionate about our art. We pride ourselves in our assiduous attention to detail, creating sincere, elegant and striking surface designs with both practical beauty and pure, aesthetic gratification." - Luke Black


Our Specialist Finishing and Decorative Arts team is led by Luke Black, at our finishing studio in Shropshire.

Luke's story began under the guidance of a respected furniture maker and designer allowing him to gain a solid foundation of skills and knowledge in the furniture finishing industry. Luke’s exceptional finishing skills soon enabled him to work on numerous exciting projects both nationally and internationally. This included restoration and renovation projects in addition to work within new, luxury property developments.

As Luke thrives on the creation of new finishes, establishing his own company was a natural progression, – taking his skills and knowledge and applying them in his own unique way to create original, beautiful surfaces - Luke Black Ltd was established in 2011.

Our Team

As Luke Black Ltd has developed, so has its team: while Luke continues to create and innovate, Anthea Renshaw joined the team in 2021. With a background in decorative arts and gilding, Anthea brings a complementary skillset and an aesthetic that expands the company’s range. As Executive Decorative Artist, Anthea supports the growing range of finishes we have to offer.

 Elizabeth Black has been, from the company’s foundation, the backbone to the smooth running of all things administrative. Elizabeth provides quick and thorough estimates for work, promptly returned contracts and NDAs, production updates, and timely, clear and concise invoices and records.

 As a team, we strive to provide personal communication from the start, imaginative and creative solutions to briefs, and high quality finishes that push the industry in new directions.

Our Services Include

  • Cracked gesso
  • Artwork by commission
  • Glass finishes
  • Decorative paint effects
  • Gilding
  • Liquid Metal
  • Restoration
  • French Polishing
  • Lacquer Finishes

"Creating a new surface design is a delicate, organic and very personal process. So much energy and personality is channelled into each and every one. The finish of an object is the first thing that people perceive, so I appreciate the importance and impact that a beautiful surface can make." - Luke Black