Dana Norris ACR
In 2011, I opened a small conservation business with Kenneth Watt in East Oxford. At Watt and Norris Conservation, we work with a wide range of clients including museums, collectors, and art dealers. We also frequently work with individuals looking to care for family heirlooms, local galleries putting on exhibitions, and have close ties with University of Oxford Museums and Colleges.
I've had a lifelong interest in art and trained formally as a ceramic artist at Kent State University (1998-2002) and completed a two-year course on the Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials (2004-2006). After a six-week work placement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I worked on two major redevelopment projects, the first at the Cleveland Museum of Art (2006-2008), and the second at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (2008-2013). My interest in the technology of art and archaeological objects has grown throughout my career. After leaving the Ashmolean, I split my time between running the business and pursuing a research degree at Cranfield University (2014-2021). My PhD focused on the technology and conservation of Chinese painted enamels and related materials (including other types of enamelled metals, porcelain, and glass) using XRF and ESEM-EDX. I am currently a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University where my analytical research continues, and work part time at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a Senior Conservator of Ceramics and Glass.