The UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility also offers its services to the public with regards to advising on how best to clean and care for collectables as well as performing physical restoration of objects of earthenware, terracotta, fine porcelain, bone china, glass, stone, bone, resin, and plaster.
Conservation expertise covers objects of different periods, styles from various civilizations to vintages and antiques around the globe. Lamps, Bowls, chargers, cups, saucers, tea sets, vases, figurines, tiles and small statues as well. Almost every type of ceramic is conserved by the facility from Ardmore to Adderely, Royal Albert to Royal Doulton, Delft to Dresden to name just a few.Whether the piece was manufactured during the Chinese Ming Dynasty or is a modern creation has no bearing on the quality of the work; the UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility uses museum conservation materials and techniques to strengthen objects and remove accumulations of old repairs that may damage the object, working only with materials that won't damage the object's integrity, thus preserving it for future generations. As members of the South African Guild of Ceramic Restorers, the conservators abide by a code of ethics and principles of international standard.
So, what do you do if you want us to restore your object?
Step 1: Bring object to facility for initial inspection, noting the object’s condition and damage
Step 2:Treatment proposal & cost estimate is determined and accepted by client
Step 3: Specialist cleaning
Step 4: Adhesion of fragments
Step 5: Filling of missing material
Step 6: Visual integration using airbrushing and hand-painting
Step 7: Polishing & Waxing
Step 8: Packaging and return object to happy client
Most of the pieces brought into the Objects Conservation Facility are heirlooms, gifts, souvenirs from faraway places and their sentimental value is always priceless, the conservators of the UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility can offer various alternatives when delivering a restoration estimate on an object. Full restoration (or what some call “invisible restoration”) can make a broken object look as if it was never broken as the surface of the object is fully integrated. The client can also choose to have limited restoration carried out on the object. This could include adhesion of broken fragments and filling unsightly chips and missing material, but not painting. This limited restoration would cost less and yet the item would still be ready for invisible restoration at a later date. A customer may want a crack stabilized so it will not crack further, or a delicate object cleaned. The conservators will advise the customer of the many options available for each specific item, the quality and durability of the outcome.