Care of Metal, Glass, and Ceramic Objects
This introductory course highlights the care and preservation of ancient, historic, and contemporary objects made of metal (ferrous and non-ferrous), glass, and ceramic including composite objects. Each day includes both lectures and hands-on workshops using objects from the Logan Museum to illustrate key issues. Discussions for each material will include:
- what the material is and an overview of common manufacturing techniques,
- the main agents of deterioration and preservation strategies for storage and display,
- how to evaluate an object’s condition including how to identify and assess historic repairs,
- when conservation treatment may be necessary and how to protect the object until treatment can be performed.
Participants will be asked to fill out a survey prior to class so that topics can be tailored to their needs, as the care of metal, glass, and ceramic is a broad topic.
About the Instructor
Cricket Harbeck is an object conservator who runs a studio based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having formal training and a museum background, she specializes in preserving and treating fine art objects, historical materials, artifacts, and outdoor sculpture. She also offers expertise in a variety of materials including ceramic, glass, metal, plastics, leather and wood.