Dana Norris PhD ACR
I am an experienced conservator with advanced hand skills in the treatment of inorganic objects, a confidant user of XRF and ESEM-EDX analytical techniques, and an enthusiastic problem solver. I'm keen to pursue research projects and share knowledge through publications, presentations, and public outreach. I enjoy working alongside other conservators, historians, scientists, and technicians on team projects and exhibitions, but also capable of working independently on short term projects.
In the early stage of my career, I built experience in collections care working on two museum wide redevelopment projects, first at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, followed by the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford. These projects included facilitating temporary exhibitions, travelling exhibitions, loans, working on the permanent displays by treating objects, liaising with mountmakers, monitoring the environment and pests in stores and galleries, and setting target environmental conditions for displays in six galleries. After the Ashmolean Museum reopened in 2009, further projects involved store planning for the Antiquities department, packing and transport of approximately 70,000 pieces in the Eastern Art and Egyptian collections. In 2012-13 I surveyed the condition of 4,500 cuneiform objects, created a database to document the collection, put in place a treatment and rehousing programme, and facilitated access for imaging by the CDLI project team. We offer collection care services at Watt and Norris Conservation, working both locally with University of Oxford colleges and museums, and more widely with collectors, galleries, and museums in greater London and abroad.
As a materials specialist, I have expertise in the treatment of ceramics and related materials which include unfired clay, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, glass, and enamelled metals such as painted enamels, cloisonné, champlevé, and basse-taille. I work across periods and genres on contemporary, modern, and decorative arts, antiques, and archaeological objects in these mediums. I also have experience treating hardstones including jade and blue john, plaster, and lacquered porcelain. My appreciation for artworks in these mediums has enhanced over the last few years as I pursued a doctorate at Cranfield University's Forensic Institute. My research is based on the elemental analysis of Chinese painted enamels, study of their construction, manufacturing techniques, and degradation. The results have been used to identify technological links between enamelled metals, glass and ceramics in China and Europe during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). My research is ongoing as a Visiting Fellow in a team of scientists who study art and archaeology. Analytical services are available to outside organisations and individuals at the Forensic Institute for both inorganic and organic materials.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Cum Laude, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, USA. Major in Ceramic Art, minor in Jewellery & Metals.
Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), Distinction, Conservation and Restoration of Ceramics and Related Materials: West Dean College, West Sussex UK.
Doctorate (PhD), Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, Shrivenham Oxfordshire UK. Thesis: The Technology and Conservation of Chinese Painted Enamels.
Work Placement, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, USA. The Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation. Six weeks focusing on the conservation and restoration of Greek and Roman objects.
Objects Conservator, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Ohio, USA. Fixed term position working on the museum wide redevelopment project.
Conservator, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK. A series of fixed term contracts working on the museum wide redevelopment project, collection care, and loans.
Conservator and Business Partner, Watt and Norris Conservation, Oxford, UK. Lead conservator on a range of projects, business administration, and overall management.
Visiting Fellow, Cranfield Forensic Institute, Cranfield University, Shrivenham Oxfordshire UK. Scientific analysis of art and archaeological objects.