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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

Marc Walton
Senior Scientist


2145 Sheridan Road, Tech K111
Evanston, IL 60208 



Vice Chair

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

Phone: (410) 547-9000 ext. 365



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



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



International Symposium on Archaeometry
May 19-23, 2014, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gordon Research Conference on Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research

July 27-August 1, 2014, Newry, Maine, USA


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


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


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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