Art & Archaeology

Exploring characteristics of bronze-casting molds: Novel FTIR-based approach estimates ceramic firing temperatures

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2021

Ceramic molds used to cast bronze pieces during the Bronze Age offer one way to understand diachronic change and regional variation in metallurgical industries during that period. Researchers developed a novel FTIR-based approach for estimating the firing temperatures of these molds.

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Video: Glass reality show blows away the competition

By Lisa McDonald / February 10, 2021

Reality competition shows exist on almost every topic. In 2019, glassblowing entered the fold with “Blown Away,” a Canadian series available on Netflix. Learn more about the show and the Corning Museum of Glass, where winners take part in a weeklong guest residency.

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Video: Glass flowers bloom in nail art

By Lisa McDonald / January 27, 2021

Cosmetic nail treatments have existed for thousands of years, but the wild nail art designs seen today only really became popular in the past decade. We take a brief look at this history and highlight one nail artist whose designs are inspired by nature.

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Asking big questions of a microscopic particle: Scientists probe secrets of ancient mummy painting

By April Gocha / December 15, 2020

Ancient mummy portraits that were buried with mummies in Roman Egypt still hold many secrets about how and why they were created. A new study takes a deep dive into the materials secrets hiding in an ancient pigment particle and discovers some interesting insights into the people who created these unique works of art.

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Video: Another way to grieve—Oregon artist creates unique glass pieces from ash

By Lisa McDonald / November 4, 2020

In a year rocked by intense natural disasters and a pandemic, grieving for lost lives and property is difficult when many traditional ways of recognizing loss are not possible. Oregon-based glass artist Kelly Howard offers one alternative by turning ashes into unique glass pieces.

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From mechanical behaviors to coloring mechanisms, modeling illuminates properties of ancient ceramics

By Jonathon Foreman / September 22, 2020

Modeling offers a way to learn about ancient ceramics without damaging the priceless items. Two recent articles in International Journal of Ceramic Engineering & Science illustrate how modeling provides insights into myriad properties, including mechanical behaviors and coloring mechanisms.

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Video: The hidden history of Vietnamese ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / August 12, 2020

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the village of Chu Dau in Hải Dương Province, Vietnam, produced unique ceramic pieces that were shipped throughout the world before war put an end to the practice. This history was only recently uncovered in the 1980s, and a recent documentary details the story.

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Video: Vitrification of human tissue

By Lisa McDonald / July 22, 2020

Vitrification is the process through which a material turns into a glass or glasslike substance by undergoing rapid cooling. Though the discovery this year that a man’s brain vitrified during the Mount Vesuvius eruption surprised some people, vitrification of human tissue is actually a well-established practice in fertility treatment.

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Investigating historical artifacts with radiography, plus more inside June/July 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / June 4, 2020

The June/July 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring examination of cultural heritage objects with radiography—is now available online. Plus—annual student section and C&GM

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Video: Finding beauty in the cracks

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2020

The ability of laminated glass to hold together upon shattering is invaluable in safety and security applications—and art as well. Artist Simon Berger controls cracking in laminated glass to create portraits using the cracks.

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