This is the blog of the art conservator Jeremy Casson, who runs his own practice and mentors other art conservators in this role. This blog will explore various aspects of Jeremy’s professional life and personal interests, covering a range of topics including art restoration, pottery, travel, architecture and the importance of supporting local businesses.
Before opening his practice, Jeremy worked in several public institutions as an art conservator
Specialist conservators like Jeremy undertake painstaking work to preserve and restore artworks – such as the recent work carried out by art conservators in Dundee that transformed one of Paisley’s most important pieces of art, by William Barr, and revealed never-before-seen details.
When he’s not conserving artworks, pottery is one of Jeremy’s favourite pastimes. Choosing the right clay is vital for the success of a project and can even help with technique. While some clays look great, they may prove too stiff or too soft to work effectively with on the pottery wheel.
Travel is another of Jeremy’s passions, and he loves building trips to museums, galleries and exhibitions into his schedule
To this end, he knows that creating a travel itinerary is crucial to squeeze all of the experiences one wishes to enjoy into a trip. An itinerary is a great tool to help with budgeting, organising and planning while traveling, and having it to hand when booking hotel rooms and flights can make the process much smoother. A good travel itinerary should include the date of departure and duration of the trip, emergency contact information, activities planned for each day and (if applicable) departure times from airports and train stations.
Jeremy has a long-standing interest in architecture and appreciates the chance to view different architectural styles that travel offers
When traveling throughout Europe, he particularly enjoys spotting examples of Byzantine architecture, dating from around the 4th century CE to the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. Basilica structures, domed ceilings and the use of Roman arches and columns typify this style, as does an emphasis on interior over exterior decoration.
For Jeremy and his family, supporting local businesses within the community is vital
There are plenty of reasons to do so: as well as boosting the local economy, it’s an effective way for individuals to lower their carbon footprint. Patronising local businesses is also a way to give back to the community, as many small businesses play a role in supporting local charities and causes – helping in turn to strengthen community ties.