Essentials in the Care and Conservation of Historical Ceramic Objects

Victoria L. Oakley, Kamal K. Jain

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ISBN: 1873132735
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Pages: 127
Illustrations: 18 halftone, 15 line

Ceramic objects form a substantial part of museum collections world-wide. The survival of so many ceramic objects might suggest that they are relatively durable and do not demand the same level of care and conservation compared with other types of material. However, inappropriate environments, careless handling and unsuitable treatments can bring about the deterioration of these objects.

The last three decades have seen the growth of ceramics conservation as a specialised subject. It is now accepted that well-intended intervention by non-specialists with inadequate knowledge can often prove inappropriate and may lead to further problems. With greater awareness such situations can be avoided.

Essentials in the Care and Conservation of Historical Ceramic Objects aims to provide a basic methodology for the care and conservation of historical ceramics for professionals working on collections in relative isolation. The book explains how an awareness of the nature of the ceramic medium is core to an understanding of ceramics. The influence of their physical properties on the way in which ceramic objects deteriorate and are subsequently treated is explained. Guidance is also given on options for treatment and the use of appropriate materials and techniques.

While this text is is also succinct and complete...I recommend this book to anyone who needs a ready reference where the key facts are easily found.
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 43(1) (2004) 113-114

...the authors are to be commended for promoting the awareness of ceramics conservation by the publication of this compact and easily portable text. This book provides a wealth of information and illustrates the complexities of materials science and conservation of ceramics.
Studies in Conservation 50 (2005) 158-159