Glass Science in Art and Conservation
Durham - 10th to 12th September
York - Saturday 13th September
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The glass community world wide embraces many diverse strands of glass expertise. This conference in September 2014 is designed to weave together those diverse strands to create a web of knowledge and experience which transcends barriers and divisions.
We are so different. Scientists and Art Historians, creative Artists and inspired Designers, Archaeologists and gritty Industrialists, Engineers and Conservators of historic glass artefacts - the list is seemingly endless. But we are united by our obsessive fascination with glass.
Sadly our community is blighted by the legendary Curse of Babel. Each strand of glass expertise develops its own jargon, method of speaking, circle of knowledge. Unconsciously we form inward-facing groups. It’s hard to cross over these artificial barriers and share our enthusiasms and perplexities with colleagues from other strands. All too often, we don’t understand one another. Our creativity and our achievements are thereby diminished.
This conference is designed specifically to allow us all to start talking to one another using the language we hold in common - that of enthusiasm!
Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk
is head of Glasmuseum Hentrich, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Previously at the Bröhan-Museum in Berlin, Dedo was for some years curator of European glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.
His publications include works on glass and the Alchemists.
At the Corning Museum of Glass, Stephen Koob is responsible for the care and preservation of all the collections.
This includes cleaning the glass and making recommendations for its handling, storage, display, and movement.
He is an expert in dealing with “crizzling,” a condition that affects unstable glass. Currently Stephen is the Chairman
of ICG Technical Committee 17, which studies the Archaeometry and Conservation of Glass.
He is the author of the book, Conservation and Care of Glass Objects
As well as being lecturer in art history and also course director of the University of York's MA in Stained Glass Conservation,
Sarah Brown is director of the York Glazier's Trust, Britain's oldest and largest stained glass conservation studio. Her team is currently working on the
conservation of York Minster's Great East Window.
Marco Verita has worked for over thirty years in the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro in Venice-Murano, performing research and assessments on glass materials, both modern and ancient,
the latter for archeometric purposes and also to assess issues relating to conservation and restoration.
Member of numerous international organizations, since 2009 Marco has been working with the Laboratory for the Assessment of Ancient Materials (LAMA) of the IUAV University of Venice.