|The Ceramics Conservation Department|
The H.J.M. Mostert Building, on the Institute’s campus grounds, is home to the Ceramics Conservation Department’s training programme.
Ceramics conservation primarily engages with the restoration of decorative and collectible wares composed of ceramic and glass - although stone, plaster, and resin cast objects are also commonly encountered in the ceramics conservator’s studio.
The term “ceramics” is a broad one, and embraces all of the commonly used terms, including the categories of porcelain, bone china, stoneware, earthenware, pottery and others. Belonging to the most long-wearing category of man-made material, ceramic objects are capable of exceptional longevity, though breakage is very common. An immeasurably vast number of these prized and cherished objects already form part of mankind’s rich, cultural heritage.
The ceramics conservator fulfills an integral and valuable role in this continuum. The Ceramics Conservation Department gladly assists enquiries from the public, conservators and novices alike…