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Ceramic Restoration

The MIC has an in-house laboratory that deals exclusively with the preservation and restoration of ceramic materials. He holds restoration courses on behalf of the University of Bologna – Ravenna branch.

The Restoration Department

The Restoration Laboratory has been operating since the 1980s and employs a group of restorers who graduated from the “Ballardini” Institute in Faenza. the staff of the workshop deal exclusively with the restoration and care of ceramic materials of all technological types, from terracotta to porcelain, both of archaeological provenance and from collections, as well as works exhibited outdoors. The workshop also carries out commissioned work, mainly for public bodies.
Restorations carried out in recent years include: Maiolica from the Correr Collection in Venice, collections from the Museum of Ceramics in Deruta, museum collections from Gubbio and Fano, polychrome terracotta works from the Capuchin convent in Faenza and the Hermitage of Monte Paolo, lustre majolica panels by Lucio Fontana for the municipality of Albissola Marina, porcelain sets from the Giuseppucci Pharmacy in Fabriano, contemporary works by Leoncillo, Antonia Campi, Louise Nevelson, Aligi Sassu and Picasso from private collections.


The Museum has organised refresher courses for ceramic restorers in past years: 1997 “Biodeterioration of ceramic materials”; 1998 “Cleaning techniques applied to ancient ceramics”; 1999 “The restoration of porcelain”; 2000 “Recovery techniques in situ”; 2001 “Photographic and video documentation of the restoration work”, “The archaeological excavation. The conservation of architectural artefacts in the state of ruins in emergency conditions”; 2002 “Diagnostics for the conservation and restoration of ceramic materials”; 2003 “Restoration in architecture”; 2019 “The study of materials and forms of decay, design of restoration and conservation interventions”.
In addition, a specific section of publications related to restoration has been set up within the museum prestigious library.

He holds courses on ceramic restoration on behalf of the University of Bologna – Degree Course in Cultural Heritage of Ravenna and every year he organizes a Study Day on ceramic restoration in collaboration with IGIIC – Italian Group of the IIC.

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