Ceramic Conservation Workshop


SATURDAY, February 22, 2014, 9:00AM – 4:00PM

Lecture ONLY: $45 Members, $65 Non-Members (100 spaces available)
Complete Workshop: $65 Members, $85 Non-Members (50 spaces available)

Participants: Eric Doehne, Amy Green, Alice Paterakis

Call: 909.865.3146
E-Mail: vcrosetti@amoca.org


9:00AM – 9:50AM Breakfast and Introductions

10:00AM – 12:00PM Lectures

Eric Doehne:

Intro to Ceramic Materials and Technology

Intro to Ceramics Conservation: the range of risks

Case Study: Coral Red slip on Ancient Greek pots-conservation and technology

Amy Green:

Caring for and Repurposing Architectural Tile Finishes

Recommendations for Cleaning and Repairing Integrated Tile Finishes such as Fireplace Surrounds, Fountains and Murals
Examples will include Batchelder and Malibu tile installations and public art tile murals by artists such as Jay Rivkin, Elaine Katzer, Dora de Lauria and Frank Matregna

Alice Boccia Paterakis:

Recommended Practices and Conservation Materials for Ceramics Conservation

Examples of Poor Practice in the Conservation & Restoration of Ceramics

Hazards to avoid in the Storage of Ceramics

12:10PM – 12:50PM Lunch on your own

1:00PM – 3:15PM Hands on experience learning basic conservation skills
Pottery Reconstruction- Ceramic Conservation, Restoration and Documentation

3:20PM – 4:00PM Questions


Eric Doehne

Eric Doehne is a heritage scientist specializing in historic materials, such as pigments, ceramics and stone. He holds a B.S. in geology from Haverford College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Davis. A staff scientist and consultant for the Getty for many years, Eric teaches Art Conservation at Scripps College, in Claremont, California as part of a new major. He has coauthored the book “Stone Conservation:  An Overview of Current Research, 2nd Edition” with Clifford Price at University College London and was the 2012 International Chair for cultural heritage preservation at the University of Cergy Pontoise for the French national PATRIMA project. Trained in geology, geochemistry, and microscopy, Eric has analyzed the Dead Sea scrolls, the Sistine Chapel, Laetoli Footprints (3.6 mya), and the First Photograph (1826) using environmental electron microscopes and other imaging tools. His current research is focused on crowd-sourced monitoring of heritage sites and computational imaging.


Amy Green

Amy Green has a broad range of experience in the conservation of a variety of materials including ceramics, glass, metal, stone, concrete, and modern materials. Amy came to the field of conservation as a ceramic artist with a strong working knowledge of clay and glaze chemistry and she has gravitated towards the treatment of historic tile and architectural terra cotta. Amy has a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California and a Master’s of Art in Tile Conservation from Antioch University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Amy Green is a principal of Silverlake Conservation, a full-service conservation firm specializing in the assessment and treatment of sculpture and architectural materials. Amy Green and her Associate, Linnaea Dix Dawson, have extensive knowledge and many years of experience in the care and treatment of a wide variety of materials including metal, stone, ceramics, tiles, plaster, glass, and painted surface finishes. Both partners are Professional Associates of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and adhere to the AIC’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Silverlake Conservation is on the City of Los Angeles’ list of pre-approved conservators.

“We are particularly proud of the projects we have done in public spaces because such projects allow us to see how much people care about the art in their community. We love sharing information with onlookers about the conservation field and its importance in preserving our cultural heritage. We have worked on large outdoor sculptures, monuments, and historic artifacts doing both specialized treatments and performing regular maintenance.”

Silverlake Conservation’s public sector clients that have included the cities of Los Angeles, Santa Fe Springs in California; Dallas, TX; the Los Angeles County Art Commission; the State of Hawaii; the General Services Administration; and the California State Parks. They have also worked on Dodger Stadium, the Griffith Observatory,  Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the Japanese American National Museum, the Broad Art Foundation, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.


Alice Boccia Paterakis

Alice Boccia Paterakis has served as Director of Conservation for the Kaman-Kalehöyük, Yassihöyük, and Büklükale excavations in Central Anatolia, Turkey, for the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology since 2008. Prior to this, she served as Head of Conservation for the Ancient Agora Excavation and Museum in Athens, Greece, for the American School of Classical Studies from 1986 until 2004. In 2007 she contributed to the University of Pennsylvania’s Gordion Furniture Project in Ankara, Turkey. She has also served as a Contractor for the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles since 2009.  She has served on the Directory Board of the International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) and on the AIA’s Conservation & Heritage Management Committee. She is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in London and the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) in Washington, D.C.

Alice currently teaches Archeological Conservation in the new Art Conservation Program at Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

Alice holds a MA in Conservation from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a PhD in Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Alice is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in London, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in Washington, D.C., and the American Academy in Rome.