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Sophie Croft, 2016/17

Postgraduate Diploma Conservation of Ceramics, West Dean College

My studies at West Dean College have been a wonderful opportunity to develop my practical skills conserving ceramics and related materials. The course focuses on the refinement of specialist techniques, underpinned by scientific and ethical conservation knowledge. This year I have treated a number of glass and ceramic objects, gaining confidence in bonding and filling with a variety of conservation materials alongside the development of my MA project.

I am currently undertaking a six-week work experience placement at the Royal Collection Trust as part of the course, conserving exquisite porcelain and bone china objects in their collection. This has been a fascinating experience to apply my acquired skills in a unique working environment. I have also participated in a joint project for the National Trust at Knole House, assessing and packing ceramic objects.

The Anna Plowden Trust’s support has enabled me to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma at West Dean College and gain the experience required to become a professional ceramics conservator within a museum collection or a private workshop. 

Sophie is a decorative arts intern at the Royal Collections Trust