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Subject: Course on ceramics conservation

Course on ceramics conservation

From: Hazel Botha <conservation>
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2002
Remedial Conservation Practices for Ceramics and Glass
Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
Mt. Carroll IL
Oct 5, 2002

Leading Tutor: Hazel Botha
Assisting Tutor: Joy van den Berg

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

    *   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.

Prerequisites for enrollment: 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

Course content and scope: This is a hands-on, practical course,
teaching current conservation skills appropriate to fine
earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and glass. Besides bench work,
demonstrations and set exercises will also serve to familiarize the
participant with current conservation materials and practices.
Principles and techniques of cleaning, consolidation, adhesion and
gap filling will be taught, and will allow the participant to
achieve a high and knowledgeable standard at these tasks. Gap
filling will be undertaken employing both opaque media and color
fills. The replication of larger areas of missing material and the
freehand modeling of lost features are also covered.

Additionally, objects of the participant's choice (ceramic or glass)
may be brought to class. Guided conservation will be undertaken by
the participant on such objects under the supportive direction and
oversight of the tutor. Certain sub-topics, such as advanced
principles of color matching and light behavior, additionally
benefit from a lecture and visual aids format. (Where relevant,
prevailing interpretations of fundamental conservation ethics will
also be critically examined to re-affirm or--alternatively--to
advance its current translation into studio practice.)

Qualification: An individually graded certificate of skill is issued

Class hours: 8:30am - 5pm
(break for lunch, as well as morning and afternoon tea)

Course fee: $1,275 including accommodations, breakfast and lunch

Registration deadline: August 28, 2002

A deposit of $600 secures enrollment--balance upon start of course
Class size: Please note that class size will be strictly
limited--early booking is strongly recommended.

To register: Contact

    Wendy Isenhart or Kathy Cyr
    Program Office
    The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
    Mt Carroll IL USA
    Fax: 815-244-1619

Transport: Prepare to fly into Chicago's O'Hare International--the
Campbell Center's program office will both guide and assist
participants with regard to ground transport to the campus.

Enquiries: Administrative and general enquiries may be directed to
The Campbell Center's program office--see above. Questions relating
to course content, preparation, prerequisites and so forth, may be
directed to your course tutor, Hazel Botha
<conservation [at] eastcape__net>, who will be pleased to respond to you

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