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Course on ceramics conservation

From: Hazel Botha <conservation>
Date: Friday, February 21, 2003
Remedial Conservation Practices for Ceramics and Glass--Session 2
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
Mt. Carroll, IL.
May 5, 2010
<URL:http://www.campbellcenter.org>

Remedial Conservation Practices for Ceramics and Glass--Session 2

This curriculum has been developed for, and will benefit:

    *   conservation professionals already engaged in the remedial
        treatment of cultural or archaeological objects of ceramic
        and glass

    *   curators responsible for the remedial treatment of
        collections

    *   conservators from other conservation disciplines who wish to
        extend their skills to include siliceous materials

    *   persons engaged or schooled in the broader cultural
        preservation profession, and who wish to enter conservation
        practice in a private or institutional capacity.

Course content and scope: This is a hands-on, practical course,
teaching current conservation skills appropriate to fine
earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and glass. This session will major
on hand retouching and finishing skills, as well as judicious
airbrushing. Gilding methods, matte finishes and other challenges
facing the conservator in the completion stages of conserving an
object also feature prominently in this session. Topics originally
dealt with in Session 1, including cleaning, consolidation,
adhesion, gap filling and freehand modeling will be revisited by the
tutor, as required, to ensure continuity. Specific topics include
the introduction to airbrushing, retouching, polishing and special
finishes. This takes account of the choice of airbrushes, mediums
for airbrushing, including glazes and pigments, ethics of
airbrushing in conservation, exercises in airbrushing and the
maintenance of airbrushes.

Further topics include the matching of ground colors for airbrushing
ceramics--pigment and glaze choices, mixing procedure, spraying
procedure and the application of clear glazes, as well as
retouching--whether by hand or airbrush. Finishing includes special
finishes such as matte/eggshell glazes, imitation metallic finishes
including gilding and lustres, as well as polishing for high gloss
finishes.

Prerequisites for enrollment: Participation in Session 1, or by
special consideration of the tutor. Although it may prove helpful,
actual experience or prior training in practical restorative
conservation skills are not a prerequisite. However, the suitable
candidate will already possess well-developed conservation
sensibilities. This also implies a general appreciation and grasp of
the ethics and values that govern modern conservation practices.
(The 6-day format of the course does not permit opportunity to
revisit this foundation, and will therefore assume that it
constitutes familiar ground to the participant...)

Course Tutor:
    Hazel Botha
        The South African Academy of Ceramics Conservation
        <URL:http://www.acadceram.com>

Enrollment limit: 12
Course fee: $1,275 (including accommodations)
Registration deadline: March 28, 2003

All enquiries relating to registrations, scholarships, transport and
accommodations may be directed to

    Elizabeth Hough
    Administrative Assistant
    Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
    203 E. Seminary Street
    PO. Box 66
    Mt. Carroll, IL  61053
    USA
    815-244-1173
    Fax: 815-244-1619
    campbellcenter [at] internetni__com

Enquiries regarding course content and related matters will gladly
be responded to by the course tutor, Hazel Botha, and may be
directed for her attention to conservation [at] eastcape__net

Hazel Botha


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