Museum Home Research and Conservation Professional Colloquium:
New Approaches to Understanding Athenian Pottery Production


Date: Friday, May 3, 2013
Time: 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. followed by reception
Location: Getty Villa, North Campus Meeting Room
Admission: Free; preregistration is required and attendance is extremely limited. To attend, please email by Friday, April 19.

This professional colloquium brings together an international group of art historians, archaeologists, conservators, and scientists to discuss issues related to the production of Attic black- and red-figure pottery. Speakers present the state of current research on this ancient technology and cover a variety of perspectives and scales: from the microscopic behavior of the component materials, to the manipulation techniques of artists, to the societal implications of organized workshops.

This colloquium is presented as part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted by the Getty Conservation Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with scientists from The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California and SLAC, Stanford University's National Accelerator Facility in Menlo Park, California. It will lay the foundation for a discussion of the implications of the new research being done into the production of Athenian pottery, and evaluate directions for future research.


  • Paula Artal-Isbrand, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Eleni Hasaki, Unversity of Arizona, Tucson
  • Jeffrey Maish, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • Yannis Maniatis, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos," Athens, Greece
  • Apurva Mehta, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • John Papadopoulos, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Philip Sapirstein, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel
  • David Saunders, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
  • Vladimir Stissi, Amsterdam Archeologisch Centrum, The Netherlands
  • Karen Trentelman, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • Marc Walton, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, California

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Hear how scientists, art historians, and conservators are working together to understand better the materials and techniques used by artisans to create the black- and red-figure pottery of ancient Athens. Project members discuss the application of high tech research methods to study ceramic technology, artistic expression, and workshop practice.

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