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November 25th, 2013

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


Phone: (847) 491-2444

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



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

MS&T’14: Materials Science & Technology Conference and Exhibition, combined with ACerS 116th Annual Meeting

October 12-16, 2014, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Take note of the all-day symposium on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 on cultural heritage at MS&T’14! It’s titled Understanding the Engineering Design of Art Objects and Cultural Heritage, organized by AACS members: 

Glenn Gates, Walters Art Museum
Bruce Kaiser, Bruker Elemental
Pamela Vandiver, University of Arizona
Carlo Pantano, Penn State University
Nicholas P. Bigelow, University of Rochester


The symposium focuses on the intersection of art with science and engineering, specifically highlighting the latest approaches in reverse engineering the materials associated with art, archaeology and cultural heritage, including pigments, ceramics, glass, and metals. Emphasis will be placed on various approaches to replication studies intended to better understand the fabrication of art objects or to develop the next generation of materials for art conservation and cultural heritage preservation. The symposium will feature scientific research funded by the National Science Foundation and is sponsored by the ACerS Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science Division.


You can click on the link above to see the many interesting presentations that will be given during the symposium. Please plan to attend if you can. For those not planning to attend the full MS&T meeting, you can get a one day registration instead.


During the lunch break on Wednesday, the AACS Division will hold its annual business meeting from 12:00 – 1:00, so plan to attend that to get an update on Division plans, including the May 2015 AACS workshop in Miami, FL.



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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