Conservation and Restoration of Ceramics and Glass
Pam Warner started life as a fashion designer, qualifying with a BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design at the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design in 1975. She then worked as a commercial fashion designer, her last employer receiving the Queens Award for Export. In 1983 she took the URBED Business course and ran her own business making individually-designed dresses while raising a family.
In 1991 she turned her artistic skills to ceramics restoration, training at the Old Bakehouse Studio. She then founded and renovated Addington Studio and now has an international reputation for conservation and restoration of ceramics and glass objects.
As well as carrying out the restoration work, Pam has played an active part in the professional bodies concerned with conservation and in passing on her skills through various training activities in the UK and abroad.
In 1993 she was elected to the Ceramics and Glass Conservation Group (CGCG) committee and served as Membership Secretary. The CGCG is a section of the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works (UKIC), the professional body for all conservators. She was elected to the UKIC Council, 1998-2001, and served on the Finance and General Planning Committee as well as playing an active role on the Council. During this time, the Council oversaw the implementation of the UKIC Fast-Track Accreditation scheme, which is continuing to develop as the standard route for accrediting conservators in professional practice. Council members are also trustees for the UKIC Charity. UKIC is now part of the Institute of Conservation (ICON).
From 1998-2002 Pam studied at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology for the City and Guilds Teaching 7307 Stage I and Stage II. She also obtained the Certificate in Education (post-compulsory Education and Training) from the University of Plymouth Faculty of Arts and Education School of Graduate Studies. During this time she taught ceramic conservation and restoration at Addington Studio and Urchfont Manor College.
Since 1998 Pam has also worked with the Diana Centre for Conservation at the National Museum of Belgrade, developing an international training facility for conservators which continues to grow despite the difficult conditions. She founded the glass conservation course in 1998 and prepared a pottery and porcelain conservation course. Thanks to funding from UNESCO this conservation course was delivered to the National Museum of Belgrade in 2004 and 2005.
In 2003 Pam opened Addington Supplies to supply conservation materials to other conservators, particularly water-based paints and coatings and fine paint brushes.
In 2006 she moved to The Old Bakery where she has renovated the studio and piloted courses for ceramic conservation.
The picture shows Pam with a Roman storage jar at the Djerdap Centre for Conservation on the Serbian/Romanian border in the summer of 1998. This Centre is now part of a UNESCO project for preventative conservation in the Region.