Conservator ceramics, glass, stone
Drs. Renske Dooijes
tel: +31 (0)71 516 3152
Educational background and career
Renske Dooijes (b. 1973) studied Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. In 2000, she gained her Master’s degree with a study of antique repairs of pottery, marble, and bronze. She then trained as a restorer at the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency in Amsterdam, focusing on ceramics and glass. She completed her training in 2005, producing her final piece of research on the cleaning of plaster casts. In recent years she has often been involved with the archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Turkey and Syria, assuming responsibility as a restorer for field preservation in general and in particular in the restoration of low-fired prehistoric pottery and the production of moulds.
Besides her work as conservator (both at the museum and in her own company), Dooijes conducts research on the history of restoration. She is particularly interested in techniques of antique restorations and the social significance of these restorations to archaeological objects. Another research project examines (largely) 19th-century restorations, many of them performed on objects from the museum’s own collection. She studies the international development of the field and ideas of restoration among different ethnic groups throughout history. She has also studied the perception of antiquity in the 19th century and the way in which it influenced the execution of restorations.
- Restoration of ceramics and glass in general
- Restoration of unfired and low-fired (prehistoric) pottery
- Archaeological field preservation
- Restoration and preservation of plaster casts
- The history of restoration and restoration techniques
Key research projects
- The cleaning of plaster casts
- The history of restoration and restoration techniques
Major restoration and installation projects were carried out in relation to all these exhibitions.
- Brilliant glass (2006)
- Jebel Aruda (2007)
- Models of Beauty, masterpieces in plaster (2008)
- Terracotta (2009)
- Archaeology the Netherlands (2011)
- Dooijes, R. en Megens, L., “Historical restorations in the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, The Netherlands”, extended abstract of poster presentation , in: Roemich (ed.), Glass and ceramics conservation 2010, Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group , October 3-6, 2010 , Corning, New York, U.S.A. 2010.
- Burghout, F., Dooijes, R., Joosten, I., Megens, L., Tagle de, A., “Conservation of plaster casts”, extended abstract of poster presentation in: Roemich (ed.), Glass and ceramics conservation 2010, Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group , October 3-6, 2010 , Corning, New York, U.S.A. 2010.
- Dooijes, R., Terracotta at the National Museum of Antiquities. The conservation of a figurine of Aphrodite, in : Van As, A. (ed.), Leiden Journal of Pottery Studies (LJPS) 25-2009.
- Dooijes, R., & Nieuwenhuyse, O.P., Ancient repairs in archaeological research; a Near Eastern perspective, in: Ambers, J., Higgitt, C., Harrison, L., Saunders, D., (eds.), Holding it all together, Ancient and Modern Approaches to Joining, Repair and Consolidation, Archetype Books, London, 2009 (8-13).
- Nieuwenhuyse, O.P., & Dooijes, R., A new life for old pots. Early pottery repairs from 7th millennium Tell Sabi Abyad (northern Syria), in: Van As, A. (ed.), Leiden Journal of Pottery Studies, Volume 24-2008 (159-170).
- Dooijes, R., Melkpotten, 9000 jaren jong. Restauratie van het oudste aardewerk uit Syrië., in: Keramika 2008-4 (28-34).
- R. Dooijes & F. Burghout& M. Düring & O.P. Nieuwenhuyse, Restorations on the Late Uruk Pottery from Jebel Aruda – old and new, in: Leiden Journal of Pottery Studies Volume 23-2007 (61-77), Faculty of Archaeology/Leiden University, The Netherlands.
- R. Dooijes, Keeping alive the history of restoration: nineteenth century repairs on Greek ceramics from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, in: ICOM Glass and Ceramics Conservation 2007, Interim eeting of the ICOM-CC Working Group, August 27-30, 2007, Nova Gorica, Slovenia, 2007 (ed. Lisa Pilosi), 103-112.
- R. Dooijes & O.P. Nieuwenhuyse, Ancient Repairs: Techniques and Social Meaning, in: Konservieren oder restaurieren, die Restaurierung griechischer Vasen von der Antike bis heute, in: 3rd suppl. to the CVA Germany (ed. Beck Publishers Munich), 2007.
- R.B. Halbertsma, R. Dooijes, L. Jacobs, A. van As, A white-ground lekythos from the Netherlands National Museum of Antiquities: the acquisition, conservation and experimental reconstruction of the manufacturing technique (in: Leiden Journal of Pottery Studies Volume 21-2005, Faculty of Archaeology/Leiden University, The Netherlands.
- Dooijes, R., Summary of the Colloquium “Konservieren oder restaurieren? Restaurierung griechischer Keramik von der Antike bis Heute”. – “To Conserve or Restore? Restoration of Greek Ceramics from ancient times until the present day”, in: Newsletter of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, Issue 15, Winter 2006-7, Working Group “Glass and Ceramics”, ICOM 2006 (ed. L. Pilosi).
- R. Dooijes, “Local Colour, Painted Ancient Sculpture from East to West”, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, 27 March 2006, in: Newsletter of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, Issue 14, Summer 2006, Working Group “Glass and Ceramics”, ICOM 2006 (ed. L. Pilosi).
- R. Dooijes, De reiniging van gipsafgietsels, afstudeeronderzoek in het kader van de opleiding tot restaurator van keramiek en glas aan het ICN te Amsterdam, juni 2005.
- R. Dooijes, Restaureren in de steppe, in: FOSA (Friends of Sabi Abyad), Nieuwsbrief 1/2005, March 2005.
- R. Dooijes, Restauratie in Oudheden: glas, RoMeO XVI, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, najaar 2003.
- R. Dooijes, Antieke reparaties , technieken toegepast op marmer, brons en aardewerk, afstudeeronderzoek Mediterrane Archeologie, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Amsterdam, September 2000.
- R. Dooijes, Restauraties in Syrië, RoMeO IX, National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden, Spring 2000.
- R. Dooijes, Ancient repairs on bronzes, in: Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop, Experimental and Educational aspects of Bronze Metallurgy, Wilhelminaoord, 18-22 October 1999, 79-85.
- R. Dooijes, In restauro, RoMeO VII, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, Summer 1999.
- J.H. Crouwel, M. Prent, J. Vin, P. Lulof, R. Dooijes, Geraki, An acropolis site in Lakonia, Preliminary report on the fifth season, in: PHAROS VII, 1999.
- Burghout, F., Dooijes, R., Düring, M. & Van der Zon, T., Archeologie van Nederland: Restauratoren aan het werk, in: Westerheem 60/5, October 2011 (219-231).
Recent conferences and lectures
- 28 -29/03/2011 Participation in the Masterclass “Conservation Treatment: Who Decides?”, by Barbara Appelbaum).
- 29/01/2010 Lecture o the history and meaning of ceramic repairs (upon invitation by Prof. G. Eggert, Staatliche Akademie für Bildende Kunsten, Stuttgart.
- 18/02/2010 Lecture on the history of ceramic repairs (upon invitation) on the conference “History of conservation”, organized by Prof. F. Grijzenhout, University of Amsterdam.
- 21-22/02/2008 Participation in the conference “Holding it all together”, hosted by the British Museum (London), with a poster on “Ancient repairs in archaeological research, a Near Eastern perspective”.
- 27-31/08/2007 Participation in ICOM-CC conference Slovenia with a lecture on 19th century restorations on the Greek pottery collection of the National Museum of Antiquities (“Keeping alive the history of restoration: nineteenth century repairs on Greek ceramics from the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden”).
- 09/11/2007 Lecture on antique repairs at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (upon invitation).
- 17-19/11/2006 Participation in the conference “Konservieren oder restaurieren? Restaurierung griechischer Keramik von der Antike bis Heute”. Lecture on ancient repairs (“Ancient Repairs: Techniques and Social Meaning”). Hosted by CVA Germany, in cooperation with the Antikensammlung Berlin (organisers: Martin Bentz and Ursula Kästner).