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Workshop on terracotta

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot>
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2006
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works presents

"Inpainting of Glaze Spalls on Architectural Terra Cotta and Tiles"
Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E. 11th Street
New York City
November 10-12, 2006
(Veteran's Day weekend)

Instructors: Judy Jacob and Vicki Parry; with Susan Tunick, Friends
of Terra Cotta

Course Fee: $350 AIC members; $450 non-members
Enrollment Limit: 12
Registration Deadline: September 30, 2006 (if space remains)

This program is designed for mid-career conservators.  Participants
may be selected based on order of receipt of registration, training,
experience, balance of institutional and private practice
conservators, number of registrants from a single organization, and
geography.  Early registration is advised.

Although a relatively durable building material, historic glazed
architectural terra cotta and tiles installed have suffered from
damage and deterioration over the years. One of the common problems
faced by conservators working with glazed architectural terra cotta
is glaze spalling, where the glaze has become detached from the
terra cotta body and fallen off, or is in the process of doing so,
leaving surfaces pocked with these losses.  In order to
aesthetically reintegrate the color of the architectural ensemble,
glaze spalls are filled (or not) and painted to match the appearance
of the surrounding glaze.  A variety of fill and paint types can be

The goal of this three-day workshop is to enhance the knowledge and
skills of conservators working with glazed architectural terra cotta
and tile projects, and especially those materials used on building
exteriors in the last 150 years.  The focus of the workshop will be
the practical sessions. Through trial and practice, using different
fill materials and paints (both organic and inorganic), participants
will gain an understanding of performance and aesthetic properties
of the various materials currently available to replicate glazes.
Solvent-based materials will not be used in the practical sessions
but will be discussed.  Brief presentations will cover the history
of terra cotta and tile manufacture, construction details,
deterioration and failure mechanisms, considerations for repairs and
aesthetic reintegration, and fill and paint types and properties.

Standard conservation treatments for glazed ceramic objects often
fall short in solving the problems associated with glazed terra
cotta in an outdoor environment or as part of an architectural
ensemble.  This workshop will provide conservators with information
on a very specific form of terra cotta and tile deterioration, on a
variety of fills and paints, and on strategies for working in an
architectural setting.


    Judy Jacob is a Senior Conservator with the National Park
    Service, Northeast Regional Office, Architectural Preservation
    Division, in New York City.  She received a MS in Historic
    Preservation from Columbia University and studied stone
    conservation and mural painting conservation at ICCROM.  She
    works primarily on stone and masonry buildings and monuments.

    Vicki Parry is an Assistant Conservator of objects at the
    Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her Masters in
    Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from University College
    London, Institute of Archaeology.  She has worked at the
    Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago and was an intern in
    Turkey, Crete, and the U.K., where she worked on ethnographic
    and archaeological collections.

    Susan Tunick, founder and President of Friends of Terra Cotta,
    is a ceramic artist, consultant, and author.  Recent
    installations include work at the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
    Station, Bayonne, NJ, and in PS 222, Queens, NY, and recent
    books include Terra-Cotta Skyline and Terra Cotta: Don't Take It
    for Granite.

Housing and Transportation: The Neighborhood Preservation Center is
located in downtown Manhattan, and is easily reached by public
transportation.  Participants are encouraged to stay at Club
Quarters, which offers special rates to AIC members.

This program is funded by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by contributions from  members and friends of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Without
this funding, the registration fee for this workshop would be
approximately $675.00

Registration forms can be found at <URL:>
under "education"

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Professional Development Director
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
    Washington DC 20036
    202-452-9545, ext. 12
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot [at] aic-faic__org

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Received on Tuesday, 6 June, 2006

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