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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

Glenn Gates

Conservation Scientist
Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Phone: (410) 547-9000 ext. 365




Vice Chair

Pamela B. 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




Darryl Butt

Distinguished Professor

Boise State University

1910 University Dr.

MS 2090, Materials Science

Boise, ID 83725-2090


Phone: (208)426-1054




John McCloy

Associate Professor

Washington State University

1700 NW Canyon View Dr.

Pullman, WA 99163


Phone: (509)372-4964





Katherine Faber

Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science
California Institute of Technology

Dept. of Applied Physics & Materials Science
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 138-78
Pasadena, CA 91125
Phone: (626)-395-4448

Chair of Nominations Committee

Lynnette Madsen

Program Director
National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Boulevard

Suite 1065 DMR

Arlington, VA 22230-0002
Phone: (703) 292-4936

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 & Reports

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


New Rules for AACS, March 2013


AACS Annual Report 2012-2013


AACS Annual Report 2013-2014



April 28 – 30

Ceramics Expo

Cleveland, Ohio USA


AACS Workshop

May 17, 2015, Miami, Florida, USA

Workshop focus: Ancient Glass: Composition, Technology and Deterioration


May 17 – 21, 2015

Glass & Optical Materials Division Annual Meeting and Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft Annual Meeting (GOMD-DGG 2015)

Hilton Miami Downtown

Miami, Florida USA


October 4 – 8, 2015

Materials Science & Technology 2015, combined with ACerS 117th Annual Meeting (MS&T15)
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio USA


All ACerS Meetings


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

Why National Science Foundation Funding — and Archaeology – Matters


The Mummy’s Face: Solving an Ancient Mystery


Sites of Interest

Art, science converge in identification of rare iron oxide in ancient Chinese ceramics Ceramic Tech Today article (May 2014)

American Institute for Conservation


Institute of Conservation – Glass and Ceramics Group


International Council of Museums – Committee for Conservation: Glass and Ceramics


Society for Archaeological Sciences


Ceramics Arts Daily


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

Ceramic Tile and Glazing video


Corning Museum of Glass’s Research Dept. offers Glass Database


Glass Art Society


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


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



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