March 18 – 22, 2019
The Conservation Center, Chicago, IL
Instructor: Stephen Koob
Organizers: Heather MacGregor and Joshua McCauley
Learn about the materials science of ceramics and glass and gain understanding in loss compensation, cleaning methods, and adhesives used for these materials. Participants will engage in a series of lectures and increase skills through practical lab work in each of these areas. The workshop will also include a discussion on proper storage, highlighting temperature, humidity, and climate controls, as well as packing and handling techniques for glass and ceramic objects.
Participants will learn how to set up the lab for the conservation of glass and ceramics, choose appropriate adhesives and consolidants, and use B-72 and epoxy adhesives. Demonstrations on loss compensation (including direct fills, detachable restorations, casting, and gap-filling), assembly of ceramics and glass, finishing of plaster and epoxy surfaces, and mechanical and solvent cleaning will be conducted. Each participant will practice the demonstrated techniques on glass and ceramic objects in the lab.
This workshop is aimed at practicing conservators, specifically those with a background in ceramic and/or glass conservation.