Isabella Kocum was born in Switzerland and trained as a gilder and graduated at the Art School in Bern. Motivated by her Dance teacher Alain Bernard she moved in 1982 to New York to train at the Alvin Ailey dance school. She won a scholarship for Dance with residency at The Cité International des Arts Paris in 1988. After a life in dance she moved to London and returned to her gilding career and started with a teaching position at the City Lit. In 1995 she took up employment as a frame conservator at the National Gallery. Isabella began to create her own work of polychrome wood sculptors and of print making. In 2008 she began to use clay in her figurative work and learned the lustre glaze technic at the Beatrice Wood Centre for the Arts in Ojai California.


ATTITUDE, Solo Exhibition, Art Worker’s Guild 2019

Gallery 525 Ojai, California 2016 and 2017 

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia 2015

Salon des Refusés, Space Gallery, London / Print 2015

Bar Gallery, London 2014

National Original Print Exhibition, London 2015


Attitude, Isabella Kocum published 2019

‘ A New Century for Frames ‘ in The Imaging Science Journal 2012 pp 647-50

Contributed to The Encyclopaedia of Picture Framing Technics by Robert Cumming  – 1993


Isabella Kocum in conservation with Roger Kneebone 19 February 2018,


Art Worker’s Guild



Amt für Kultur Bern,  scholarship for dance – 1988 at The Cité des Arts, Paris