technology of Ancient Greek Ceramics
From January to June 2017, I am at the Getty Conservation Institute as a Guest Scholar continuing my research on the manufacturing techniques used to fabricate, decorate and fire ancient red-figure Greek ceramics. This is the culmination of a two year project with potter collaborator Matthew Hyleck and materials scientist Patricia McGuiggan. Our work of replicating ancient Greek ceramics was supported by a Johns Hopkins University Discovery grant. In 2015-16, we investigated the materials characteristics and decoration on ancient examples in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum; considered the nature and working properties of slip used to paint ancient red-figure ceramics; and tested the hypothesis that these vases were fired multiple times to create their decorated surfaces by actually fabricating and firing vessels.
Facial Reconstruction of Egyptian Mummies
Supported by a Johns Hopkins University Arts Innovation Grant, this project attempts to digitally reconstruct the faces of two ancient Egyptian mummies in the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum by combining art conservation expertise with the expertise of a forensic artist and anthropologist, a facial prosthetist, radiologists andbiomedical engineers, an Egyptian archaeologist, and specialists in 3-D imaging and laser scanning. For more information, visit the project website.
conservation of South Indian Bronzes
Following on eight months of archival research and fieldwork in Chennai, India, that was completed as part of a Fulbright Award, I am currently working on several publications related to the early history of metals conservation in India. One article reveals community claims on, and demands for the restitution of ancient bronzes removed to the Madras Government Museum for conservation and display dating from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum History Project
I am currently carrying out archival research related to the history of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, This study aims to contextualize the collections acquired for the museum from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. The ways in which collections were historically used for teaching, research and display are of particular interest.