Preservation and Mending of Low-Fired Ceramics
Instructor: Michele Greenan and Gaby Kienitz
Early-Bird Registration Fee: $700 (Before TBA)
Regular Registration: $750 (After TBA)
Caring for low-fired ceramic vessels or vessel portions can be tricky. Nearly all Midwestern prehistoric ceramics fall into this category and many of these are vital components in exhibitry and research. This workshop focuses on the care and potential treatment of these low-fired ceramics and what currently serves as ‘best practice’ solutions in the world of conservation. Attendees will be instructed through the process of assessing material, preparing solutions, consolidating, and adhering low-fired ceramic shards. Releasing joins and making plaster fills will also be addressed. This is a hands-on class during which students practice skills on modern low-fired flower pots. Students will walk away with their mended pot (which they initially break!), reference articles, and lists of supply vendors.
Michele Greenan... detailed bio coming soon.
Gaby Kienitz is the Head Conservator at the Indiana State Museum (ISMHS). Principally specialized and accredited in textile conservation, she received additional training through internships in Native American ethnographic objects, as well as, archaeological ceramics and glass. She has worked in labs throughout Canada, the US and Turkey over the past 20 years. She graduated from the University of Alberta.
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