Although most object conservators are generalists, Preservation Arts is fortunate in having object conservators who also have distinct specialisms allowing us to provide a higher level of expertise in certain materials specifically ceramics and glass, wood and furniture, plastics, painted surfaces and metals, particularly bronze.
Typical treatments include reassembly of ceramics and modelling of replacement elements; polishing and fills for scratched and damaged plastics; surface cleaning, fills and structural repairs for marble, stone, ivory, wood, bone, concrete, and Asian lacquer; welding and other metal repairs for bronzes; consolidation, filling losses and surface integration of painted surfaces both on early polychrome sculpture and contemporary sculpture; repolishing and scratch removal from polished bronzes; stabilization of bronze disease for archaeological bronzes; reassembly and fills for glass; leather repairs and rehumidification; repair of mother of pearl inlay; stabilization of 3 dimensional paper objects.
Chloe Castro, Senior Objects Conservator
Chloe received her MFA in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art & Design. Since then she has had 8 years of experience working in objects conservation at various private practices in LA and SF, and has worked with institutions in both areas including The Getty Center, and SFMOMA. She specializes in ceramics and glass, but enjoys working with all types of objects, including metals and stone, and is always looking forward to treating the occasional piece of samurai armor.
Her experience also includes completing conditions assessments, collections surveys, etc.
Given the chance, she’ll happily talk about space archaeology or historic preservation on the moon.
One of the favorite projects that Chloe has worked on is a 1.5” tall (ivory or bone) netsuke of 2 grappling wrestlers that was missing a foot, and the piece couldn’t stand properly without it. She carved a new one and cast it out of a compatible material, which was painted to match.
Christine Haynes, Assistant Objects Conservator
Christine Haynes, Assistant Objects Conservator, received a Masters of Science in the Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works and a Masters of Arts in the History of Art from the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She has trained in a spectrum of time periods from the conservation of archeological materials at Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey to time based media art and sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Christine has experience with metals, stone, painted surfaces, wood, plaster, ceramics, plastics, animal materials, and mixed media. Her research interests focuses on modern and contemporary art, especially plastic polymers and composite objects. She has researched plastic identification and storage at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Christine also has experience with pest management, anoxic enclosures, environmental monitoring, and artist consultation.
Our Objects Conservators have experience treating artworks by a large number of artists with a wide varied of styles and mediums. Here is list of some of the artist’s works that we have treated.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
Sol De Witt
Mark di Suvero
Preservation Arts has expertise in the following areas:
Ceramic repair and reassembly
Modelling of missing ceramic elements and glaze integration
Salt reduction from archaeological ceramics
Repair of glass and filling of losses in glass
Reduction of corrosion from metals, including bronze disease
Welding and structural repairs of bronze and other metals
Repatination of metals and integration of deteriorated patinas
Application of protective coatings and removal of degraded coatings for metals.
Repolishing of silver and bronze
Structural repair of stone and modelling of missing elements
Stain reduction from marble
Treatment of fire damaged stone sculpture
Re-humidification and reshaping of leather, filling of leather losses
Repair of organic materials such as feathers
Replacement and repair of inlays made of mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and metals
Structural repair of wood, repair of wood joints, integration of wood finishes
Stabilization of painted wood, consolidation of polychromy, and removal of overpaint
Repair of damaged gilding and ingilding
Treatment of assemblage and mixed media
Surface cleaning, filling of losses and structural repair of Asian lacquer
Repolishing of plastics, repair of structural failures to plastics
Identification and storage recommendations for plastics
Reduction of weeping plasticizers from plastics
Structural repair of papier-mache and 3 dimensional paper objects
Documentation and preservation of conceptual art and installations
Expert collaboration with time-based media conservators