Courses - Introduction to Ceramics and Glazes for Art Conservation
August 13-15, 2012 (2.5 days)
The course will introduce traditional (clay-based) ceramic materials and glazes within the context of ancient ceramics but also an overview of ceramic materials that are commonly used for functional ware and sculpture in contemporary ceramics. Raw materials (as available historically and today), processing and forming techniques, firing processes, firing temperature and time, and methods for determining the firing conditions, and the affect of firing on the properties of the body. The evolution of microstructure in the ceramic body, the affect of heat on glazes, the interaction of the body and the glaze (it is likely much more extensive that is commonly thought), and glaze "defects" (crazing, delayed crazing, crawling, shivering, chipping, etc.). Also to be discussed is the environmental factors that can degrade ceramics (both ancient specimens and contemporary ceramics). Specimens are welcome and there is the potential for some analysis to be conducted during the course.
Dr. William M. Carty is a Professor of Ceramic Engineering, in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Dr. Carty teaches both engineering courses in ceramic processing and whitewares and teaches Ceramic Science for the Artist. His research interests are in ceramic processing of traditional and advanced ceramic materials, microstructure tailoring and evolution, and the identification of defects and their elimination. He received the B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle). He joined the faculty at Alfred University in 1993.