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February 26th, 2009

Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division

Pre-Colombian Dog, Glenn Gates, Walters Art Museum

Pre-Colombian Dog, Glenn Gates, Walters Art Museum

Mission statement
: To advance the scientific understanding of the materials found in ceramic art, and to provide information that aids in the interpretation, and preservation of traditional ceramic art and artifacts, as well as the techniques and technologies used in their creation.






Division Chair

Lynnette Madsen
Program Director

National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 1065 DMR
Arlington, VA 22230-0002
Phone: (703) 292-4936


Vice Chair

Marc Walton
Getty Conservation Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Phone: (310) 440-7251




Glenn Gates
Walters Art Museum 
600 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 547-9000 ext. 365


Pamela Vandiver

Dept. of Mat. Sci. & Engr. 

Co-Director, Program in Heritage Conservation Science

University of Arizona

1235 E. James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721-0012

Phone: 520-400-2270


Katherine Faber
Dept. of Mat. Sci. & Engr. 
Northwestern University
2220 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Phone: (847) 491-2444



Attic Pottery, Marc Walton, Getty Conservation Institute

Attic Pottery, Marc Walton, Getty Conservation Institute















Vision statement: To help ACerS members better appreciate the artistic side of ceramics and to work cooperatively with others in the field (e.g., craftspeople, historians, archaeologists, curators, conservators, conservation scientists, etc.), to attract and train the future workforce in this area, to stimulate interest and foster interactions in this area, to reconstruct older ceramic technologies, and to improve the press and general public’s understanding and appreciation of ACerS and professional societies in general, as well as ceramists and ceramics (both artistic and industrial).


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AACS Rules   

Original Design/Art Division Rules from 1954, revised in 2000


Proposed New Rules for AACS, March 2013 



All ACerS Meetings


1st International School on the Characterization of Archaeological and Historical Mortars and Plasters. Archaeology, Archaeometry and Conservation (1st-ISCARM):June 3-7, 2013, Calabria, Italy

Ampere Summer School
: “Analyzing Cultural Heritage Using Portable Magnetic Resonance,” June 12-15, 2013, Volterra, Italy


12th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC2013): September 19-21, 2013, Padova, Italy


AACS Workshop: Using X-rays to Analyze Cultural Heritage: October 1-2, 2013, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University


Recent Advances in Glass, Stained Glass and Ceramics Conservation, October 7-10, 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


International Symposium on Archaeometry: May 19-23, 2014, Los Angeles, CA

Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research
 July 27-August 1, 2014, Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine


5th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC5): Aug. 17-21, 2014 in China


ACerS Publications and Other Reports of Interest   

All ACerS Publications

2009 NSF and Andrew W. Mellon Workshop Report

African Ceramics

Gayagama Kiln Build

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Museum Outreach

Nikos Rodios



Sites of Interest   

American Institute for Conservation 


Ceramics Arts Daily 


Ceramic Tech Today’s video and article (Feb. 2013) about this new division

Ceramic Tile and Glazing video


Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) 

NU-ACCESS Ceramics Tech Today article
(Feb. 2013)



Research Interests   

Analysis and Examination of Russian Enamel work: 1700CE-1917CE 


Athenian Pottery Research Project


Silver tarnish prevention using atomic layer deposited (ALD) ceramic barrier coatings (NSF Award DMR1041803) 



Funding Opportunities   

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training 


Digging into Data Challenge 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 

Kress Foundation 

Henry Luce Foundation 

Getty Foundation 


National Science Foundation Archaeology and Archaeometry Homepage


National Science Foundation Chemistry Division Homepage


National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research Homepage


Job Opportunities  

ACerS Job Board


University of Delaware: Art Conservation positions 


Chicago, IL: Northwestern University/Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS)


Washington, DC: Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute Fellowships and Internships

New Haven, CT: Conservation Scientist Position at Yale University (the STARS req ID for this position is 19826BR)

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