Pottery Conservation Project

Conservation work on this blackware plate from the Cleora Helbing collection involved soaking it in deionized water for a period of days.  Salt in the clay was leaching to the surface as white spots.  The simple soaking procedure was done by professional conservator, Thomas Braun, in 2005.  His full conservation report (5 pages) is very interesting and addressed a few other issues as well.  This plate is part of the Southwest Pottery exhibit case that was researched and updated by University of Minnesota, Morris intern, Amy Fox.  Amy had full and unprecedented access to some of the best pieces in our collection.  Her research has increased our knowledge and appreciation of Southwest pottery.  The exhibit labels she prepared set a new standard for all of our labeling.

Martinez Feather Pattern Plate

Martinez Feather Pattern Plate

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