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Palestra | For the Love of Glass: Care and Conservation of Glass Objects

“For the Love of Glass”: Care and Conservation of Glass Objects

Stephen Koob (Corning Museum of Glass | EUA) | 14 Nov | Auditório da Biblioteca | 14h

The Corning Museum of Glass, located in Corning, New York, has the largest collection of glass in the world, including archaeological glass from 3,500 years ago to modern and contemporary art glass.

Stephen Koob joined the Museum as Conservator in 1993, and recently retired as Chief Conservator Emeritus. His long career included care and cleaning of thousands of glass objects, as well as repair and re-repair of broken objects. He introduced new materials and techniques for repairing and restoring broken objects and presented these developments to the conservation world through lectures, teaching and publications. The Conservation Department expanded both in size and in staff, with two new conservators added, including one specializing in contemporary glass.

This lecture highlights some of the many challenges in the care and conservation of glass and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum’s fantastic collections. 

Short Biography

STEPHEN P. KOOB received an MA (1976) in Classical Archaeology from Indiana University, and a BSc (1980) in Archaeological Conservation and Materials Science from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. From 1986-1998 he worked as conservator, specializing in ceramics and glass, at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

In 1998 he went to The Corning Museum of Glass, from where he has recently retired, as Chief Conservator Emeritus. He has recently published a book, “Conservation and Care of Glass Objects”. He is a Fellow of IIC (International Institute for Conservation) and a Fellow of AIC (American Institute for Conservation). He has received the Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award from AIC (2014) and Honorary Membership from AIC (2017). In 2022 he received the Robert L. Feller Lifetime Achievement Award from AIC.