Laboratory for Ceramic Conservation and Restoration The Ceramics Conservation and Restoration Laboratory
Str. Aleea Cocorilor nr. 14B
Tel : 0339401004
which is part of Braila Museum, was established in 1980. It was initially installed in a building in 29, Calea Calarasilor and it functioned in there until 1987 when the laboratory was moved at the head office of Braila Museum in 3, Piata Traian. From 1990 it was moved again to the semi-basement belonging to the House of Arts Collections situated in 1, Belvedere Street. In 1998, the laboratory could be found in the building of ‘Nae Ionescu, Vasile Bancila, Anton Dumitriu’ Memorial Center, situated in 32, Caragiale Street. In May 2004, the Memorial Center was closed (the building was claimed by its former owners) and the laboratory was installed again in the building from 1, Belvedere Street, called ‘Nicapetre’ Cultural Center nowadays.
The Ceramics Conservation and Restoration Laboratory delivers specialised works of a great diversity for ancient, mediaeval and modern ceramic objects of several types such as: unfired clay, faience, grit stone and porcelain found at different stages of deterioration. The majority of these objects were found in eastern Wallachia, respectively the historical mediaeval area of Braila city and region.
Nearly 500 pieces were restored. The majority of them could be seen in the main exhibition found on the ground floor of Braila Museum head office. Technological methods and traditional solutions are used for the execution of restoration works. When these methods are inefficient from a technological point of view, the restorer uses new filling materials.
The restoration activity is of assistance in: the enrichment of the museum heritage, the publishing of studies about the conserved and restored archaeological material in national specialist reviews; the participation to specialised scientific sessions; the making of plaster replicas of the original exhibits, replicas which are for sale in the permanent exhibitions.
New restoration techniques are tried, tests and experiments are done with some resins for the assemblage of the ceramic fragments and to replace the polyvinyl acetate or the resins were tested as a new filling material in ceramic restoration and the replacement of plaster. We intend to realize a documentary film about the activity of this laboratory.
June -July 2001 – Saved Heritage – temporary exhibition dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the museum heritage, the House of Art Collections, Braila.
- She graduated the University College of Museography, Conservation and Restoration, the Faculty of Constructions, Architecture and Design, ‘Spiru Haret’ University, Bucharest
- Specialist in Museography, field of expertise: Museography, specialization: Techniques of Research and Conservation of the Archaeological and Museum Heritage
- Expert, field: ‘Ceramics Restoration’, specialisation – ‘Conservation and Restoration of the Ceramics Found in the Archaeological and Museum Heritage’, authorization no. 131 from 29/04/2004
- Participation to 5 sessions and conferences of conservation-restoration (papers delivered: ‘The Assessment of Ceramic Quality and the Causes of Its Deterioration’, ‘From Empiric to Scientific Restoration’,
- "The Analogy Conservation and Restoration of a 17th Century Mediaeval Store Tile Discovered in Braila”
- “The Conservation and the Restoration of a 14th Century Vessel Discovered in Braila”).
- and she published material in the following reviews: ‘Braila 630’, ‘Braila 633’, ‘Braila 635’, ‘Braila 636’, ‘Braila 637’, ‘Istros’/2005, issued by Braila Museum.