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Explore the craft of porcelain and pottery restoration


Years ago, the only answer for broken porcelain or pottery was either to throw it out, or hide it in a back corner of the china cabinet.  Now there is a third way, which is to carefully restore the objects and make them whole and beautiful once again.  That means, to reassemble the broken pieces with the utmost care, without changing, adding or subtracting anything.


After several years working some of the most respected English restorers, Morla Tjossem came home to find that American restoration, unless it was work done in museums, meant something totally different.  The use of secret materials, and the practice of grinding parts, desecrating the potter's original intent.


Thirty years ago, Morla began teaching a one-week intensive course for people who cherish the beauty of fine, and antique, pieces; those who wish to preserve the original integrity by careful restoration. Today, 31 years later, the course is still popular, and still held on the campus of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.


You can spend part of your summer vacation with Gerlinde Kornmesser, successor to Morla Tjossem, and learn the secrets so jealously guarded by others on the unique, week-long residential course "China Mending and Restoration" .


Choose from these course dates in 2010:


July 11-18, July 18-25


Remember...this course is unique. There is no other like it anywhere, and because of its commitment to improving the quality of restoration and providing instruction at low cost, both men and women of all ages, from all over the United States, have attended since 1977.


Central to the course is the identification of all materials by common, or generic, name to avoid the high cost of proprietary secret substances. Most materials are inexpensive and available locally; a good supply comes with the course.


Restoration, taught as a craft, makes it accessible to the adult learner without art training. Craftsmanship requires only patience and persistence. Techniques which are difficult to learn from books are demonstrated and practiced in class. Many of the principles which apply to all pottery, stoneware and porcelain, including dolls, are also applicable to glass.


Enrollment is limited to assure personal attention. Participants may learn in one intensive week, all they need to know for the practice that can lead to competence.


Your instructor is Gerlinde Kornmesser, practicing restorer and an associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She succeeds Morla Tjossem, founder and developer of the course.

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