Week 8–Slip-Painting Our Cups | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Week 8–Slip-Painting Our Cups By Gianna Puzzo Week 8–Slip-Painting Our Cups I am a senior History of Art major and Museums and Society minor. In past years, I have worked closely with objects by interning with the JHMI Department of Art as Applied to Medicine archiving medical illustrations, letters…
Museum Chat - Dr. Emily Anderson (Depts. of Classics and History)
"From the Bronze Age to the Jazz Age: Ornaments from a Minoan Palace in 20th c. Baltimore." On Friday, March 27th, Dr. Emily Anderson shed some light on painted reproductions of Minoan frescoes and vessels that are part of our collection. The fresco paintings are newly reunited with the JHUAM collection. While they serve as reproductions of antiquities, they are artifacts in themselves with an interesting history connected to early twentieth century excavations at Knosses and contemporary restorations done by E. Gillieron. Their story highlights what can become a blurry line between conservation, restoration and imagination - even leading into forgeries. Thanks to Dr. Anderson for an intriquing and informative chat!
Week 7–Choosing Our Cups | Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum
Week 7–Choosing Our Cups By Elizabeth Winkelhoff Week 7–Choosing Our Cups I am a Freshman Archaeology/Biology double major. I love art, but predominately work with acrylic paints but am excited to apprentice with master potters. I have taken an Archaeology course in which I worked with ancient objec…
Kilns in kilns and drinking dirt for slip
Our adventures in recreating ancient Greek ceramics continue. This time, we fired our replica kiln in the massive gas fired kiln at Baltimore Clayworks to ensure that they will survive our wood firing. And the students drank dirt to decant slip. And then we attempted to assemble cups from the parts that Matt Hyleck and Cami Ascher made for us. Potters make things look so easy.
In Spring 2015, Sanchita Balachandran, the Archaeological Museum’s Curator/Conservator will teach an interactive, hands on course titled “Recreating Ancient Greek Ceramics.” The course will bring together undergraduate and graduate students across disciplines to work closely with expert ceramics artists including Matthew Hyleck at Baltimore Clayworks and consult with art historians, archaeologists, art conservators and materials scientists to attempt to recreate similar vessels.
The progress will be reported on a weekly basis on the museum website.
The museum is undertaking several major projects to enhance the use and study of our collection in courses, student and faculty research, and for the enjoyment of the public. Some of our current endeavors include:
- Rehousing the entire museum collection. We are currently unpacking thousands of artifacts which were packed and moved from Gilman Hall prior to the building’s renovation. Our task is to unpack all of this material and have it rehoused in archival storage containers so that they can be moved into museum study drawers or our new storage area, and thus be made accessible for the first time in many years.
- Cataloging all objects in our collection. We are in the process of cataloging our entire collection so that it can be viewed as part of an online searchable database within the next two years. This challenging project includes extensive archival research; careful description and examination of each artifact; and high quality photography of each object. As part of this project, we developed a new database which will capture all of this information and include invaluable research information such as references, links to other objects within our collection which are relevant and information on the conservation of the artifacts.
- Conserving artifacts for display and study. As part of our mission to conserve and care for the museum collection, we are examining and conserving objects in need of conservation prior to their display or storage.
- Analytical research of museum objects. We are currently in the process of purchasing state of the art scientific equipment to better understand our museum collection. To this end, we will be purchasing a high quality microscope with digital photography and videography capabilities for examination of objects and for displaying this information to students within the classroom. We will also be acquiring a portable X-ray fluorescence instrument which will allow us to non-destructively analyze pigments, metal compositions, and other material characteristics.
Menit Counterpoises in the Eton College Myers Collection The menit was a necklace sacred to the goddess Hathor and symbolized rebirth and rejuvenation. It was not uncommon for the counterpoise from this necklace to be given as a votive object at sites sacred to the goddess. Courtesy of the loan of some 2,000 objects from Eton College [...]Read more