Glass and stained glass laboratory

Throughout history, glass has travelled a long way, both in the way it is produced and the way it is used. Glass is made by fusing, at a high temperature, sand, alkali and quicklime. There is a wide variety of glass depending on the origin of raw materials and the different proportions of the components. In addition, by adding small quantities of metal oxides, we achieve an infinite amount of colored glass. With the development of glass painting (grisaille, enamel, etc.) glass is also the support of decorative creations.

This laboratory focuses on the analytical study of objects made from glass or stained glass, which in turn means the study of the following aspects:
- all kinds of glass composition since Ancient Times to Modern Times;
- the exam of the techniques and materials of the decorative layer;
- the chemical processes of deterioration: cause, condition, treatment, conservation.

Enamel was also applied to metal, according to the cloisonné and champlevé techniques. The laboratory studies the composition, the adhesion and the deterioration of enamel and its support. In other words, we are carrying out a vast study on the techniques and materials in order to compare the Rheno-Mosan and Limoges enamels.

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Contact person :
Helena Wouters -