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This group was created in 2006 by the ICOM-CC WGs 'Metals' and 'Glass and Ceramics', after a first meeting in the Castle of Germolles (Burgundy, France). The group adopted the name ENAMEL without specifying the subject as 'Enamel on Metals'.
In spring 2008, the group organized the second meeting at the Villa Medici in Rome. The meeting was a great success, with more than eighty participants from ten different countries attending it (for abstracts, see the subsection ENAMEL in the WG documents). The meeting ended with a debate about objectives and the future of the Enamel Group. Gerhard Eggert, after two years of good and devoted services, quit his function as coordinator of the group and Agnès Gall-Ortlik agreed to coordinate the group after having been assistant coordinator for two years.
The third meeting took place on the 8th and 9th of October 2010 in New York City. The Frick Collection provided an exceptional venue. Thanks to Julia Day, assistant conservator at the Frick and in charge of the enamels collection, the organization was perfect. The two-day event with 13 talks and 2 posters covered issues related to the preservation of enamels, new scientific research, as well as technical and art historical studies. 67 professionals attended the conference from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA. The Extended Abstracts are available to download under the documents section of this web site.
ENAMEL meeting 2012
We are pleased to announce that the forth meeting will be held in Barcelona, at the Museud’Història de Catalunya (http://www.en.mhcat.net/), on 14th and 15th of June 2012. We received 17 abstracts, providing a good mixture of science, technology and conservation topics. The meeting is connected to a 3 days enamel master class, that will take place at the Artistic Fired Enamel on Metal workshop of the Llotja Advanced School of Art and Design in Barcelona. The aim of this master class is to experiment with historical techniques to evaluate interpretations of ancient technologies. For a detailed program and registration, please see www.corebarna. com.
A special Newsletter (see the document section of the WG website) was created to stimulate active participation in the life of the ENAMEL Group. Newsletter number 6 has been issued in December 2011!
Please note that the main purpose of the group is to facilitate the contact and the circulation of information between conservators, scientists, historians, curators and enamelers... “et qu’il en soit ainsi”!
If you wish to join the group and receive the Newsletter per e-mail, please send a message to Agnès Gall Ortlik (email@example.com) with your address and contacts.