Simply Riveting: Broken and Mended Ceramics
Angelika Kuettner presents an illustrated talk entitled “Simply Riveting: Broken and Mended Ceramics”.
Ceramics were broken in transportation or everyday use and often these possessions were repaired rather than discarded, for both monetary and sentimental reasons. In Europe and America, in addition to a number of home remedies, glues and pastes were commercially available as early as the eighteenth-century. There were also professional china repairers, some using silver and other metals to bind the broken pieces. China and Japan also have a long history of ceramic repair, including the Japanese art of kintsugi—repairing ceramics with gold lacquer fill. Ms. Kuettner will discuss these methods, and show examples of the various types of repairs.
Angelika Kuettner, the associate curator of ceramics at Colonial Williamsburg, began her career there as a graduate student intern while enrolled in the American Studies program at the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg. She was previously the curatorial assistant at the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University, home of the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain.
Presented by the Pottery and Porcelain Club. Free and open to the public.