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July 11 - July 18,2010 July 18 - July 25, 2010

"China Mending and Restoration" is an intensive course in English and American methods. Its purpose is to teach the ethical restoration of damaged pottery and porcelain to original appearance in keeping with museum principles of reversibility and respect for the integrity of old ceramics.

Instruction is by lecture, demonstration and practice. The course is taught as a craft so that art training, however useful, is unnecessary. the most important requirements are patience, persistence and good use of hand and hand tools. The goal of the course is to learn many procedures for a variety of problems, rather than to finish one restoration. The principles learned in one week can, with practice, lead to competence.

Now in it's 33rd year, this course developed by Morla W. Tjossem is the only one of its kind in the U.S. It is taught by Gerlinde Kornmesser, Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and practicing restorer. It is offered only in summer. Besides museum ethics, what distinguishes it from any other course is the low fee and the use of commonly available and inexpensive materials, all identified. Its careful instruction is not associated with the sales of secret substances. It enjoys an impeccable reputation and attracts discriminating collectors from all over the U.S. and Canada.

Lodging and meals are provided on campus, with single rooms, unless otherwise requested.


The cost of the course is $1800. This includes tuition, all supplies and tools, printed materials, meals and lodging.


To secure your place on the course, a non-refundable deposit of $500, towards the fee, along with the completed form is required. The deadline for the balance of $1300 is June 1, 2010.

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the course, you can arrange with us to count it towards a future class.

Early registration is desirable because materials are specially ordered and prepared for each person.

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Enrollment is limited.

Accommodation at the cost of room and board is available for spouses and friends not taking the course.

Check-in is Sunday afternoon after 2:00pm, dinner is 6:00pm. Check-out is after breakfast, the following Sunday.

Please make check payable to Gerlinde Kornmesser, and send it with the completed registration form to:


Gerlinde Kornmesser
1705 Glenview Road
Glenview, IL 60025
Tel: (847) 724-3059, or (847) 867-2054

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