The Athenian Pottery project sought to understand, at a fundamental level, the materials and techniques employed by ancient artisans to create the iconic red and black figure pottery of ancient Athens. Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, scientists from the GCI, together with conservators and curators from the J. Paul Getty Museum, are partnered with The Aerospace Corporation and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to conduct detailed studies on these important ancient artifacts. By analyzing examples of pottery produced by different artists and over a broad time period, the project team is sought to better understand the relationships between ceramic technology, artistic expression and workshop practice. Read More

Selection of Study Set

Selecting pottery sherds for study

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