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Dec. 21, 2018

West Dean conservation student restores Santa in time for Christmas

West DeanA conservation student from West Dean College of Arts & Conservation has been working hard to restore a broken Father Christmas for the residents of a local nursing home.

West Dean SantaStudent Andriani Maimaridou, who is currently studying the Graduate Diploma Conservation of Ceramics, was responsible for restoring the sentimental Santa. Speaking about her recent undertaking, she says, “Conserving Father Christmas has had its challenges as it is a very delicate object to handle and a difficult material to conserve due to its surfaces being sensitive to several conservation materials…  it’s a valued seasonal object and we knew we had a tight deadline to meet! The object is slip cast porcelain with bright coloured, matte surfaces and we had to test a range of materials and techniques away from the object before deciding on the best course of action.”

The ceramics students at West Dean learn skills to help them conserve a diverse range of fascinating objects, including Chinese ceramics and Saxon glass, as well as more contemporary items. Ceramics Subject Leader Lorna Calcutt explains, “Restoring ceramics like the Father Christmas is not a normal project for us, but he has such sentimental value to the resident of the nursing home, we were more than happy to help!”

Students studying conservation and ceramics at West Dean develop excellent practical skills, study ceramic technology, material culture and materials science, they also get the opportunity to work on artefacts from public and private collections.

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Content added on 21st December 2018. 

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