CONSERVATION OF CERAMICS IN OPEN AIR
15th April 2021
The second edition of the annual event, organized at the International Ceramics Museum in Faenza (MIC) on the topic of conservation and restoration of ceramics, will concern the works placed outdoors.
Since ancient times, ceramic material has been used outdoors for architectural and decorative purposes, becoming more recently a vehicle for artistic expressions characterizing the urban layout and also aimed at its re-evaluation. Many Italian centers, such as Faenza, are characterized by a widespread ceramic heritage, which very often ends up being indiscriminately absorbed in the generalized perception of the city, at the expense of its knowledge and conservation. The open air location also subjects the works to the aggressive action of environmental, atmospheric and anthropic factors. It follows the need to protect and preserve this multifaceted heritage, the vulnerability of which only emerges when the manifestations of degradation become so evident as to require complex and costly restorations or the movement of the ceramics in a confined environment. Many conservative interventions could be avoided or reduced in their extent, if more frequent maintenance of the maintenance of the deterioration could occur, which could be carried out before the onset of degradation, could contribute to prolonging and improving the permanence of the products in the external environment.
Submit your abstract by September 14, 2020
The topic of the study day will be deepened through four thematic areas:
Study, analysis and monitoring of the state of conservation
Understanding conservation issues and their progression over time is the preliminary aspect for the preparation of safeguard actions and consequently for the correct use and enhancement of the works. The aid of laboratory investigations is fundamental for the study of degradation and the planning of interventions.
Intervention solutions for restoration
The aggressiveness of environmental and atmospheric factors affects the planning of the restoration interventions, which in this session are presented and discussed on the basis of the operational solutions adopted, also through the critical comparison between different choices in terms of materials and methodologies.
In this area, interventions on ceramic decorated architectural surfaces will also be considered.
Solutions for outdoor ceramic maintenance
Preventive actions and timely and repeated maintenance over time can in many cases prolong and improve the permanence of the artifacts outdoors and avoid reaching degradation situations such as to require complex restoration interventions up to hospitalization of the works in a confined environment.
New materials and intervention methods
The conservation problems of cultural heritage, which can take on particular relevance in the external environment, represent a stimulus for the search for new materials and methodologies. Technological development can significantly contribute to prolonging the permanence of the works of art in open air, allowing to activate innovative and more performing conservation solutions, based on a precise control of scientific results, which stimulates critical reflections on the cases treated.
To actively participate, send your abstract by 14 September 2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full fee € 50 (IGIIC 2021 members €40)
Student fee € 30 (IGIIC 2021 members € 25)
* The participation fee also includes the printing of the documents, a free guided tour at the end of the event, a free entrance to the Museum, coffee breaks and lunch.
Registrations will be accepted as long as seats are exhausted.
! IMP: in addition to filling in the form with all the data, we also ask you to send the Tax Code and, if you have it, the VAT number and the unique Code (or PEC address), directly to the address
email@example.com, Giada Garavini, who will prepare and send the invoice for the payment.
To reach the MIC: Viale Baccarini 19, 48018 Faenza (RA)
from Faenza station> 6 minutes on foot
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