Technologically Authentic Reproduction of ancient ceramics
for Museum Shops
An obvious application of the knowledge produced from the study
and understanding of ancient technologies is the modern reproduction
of ancient artefacts by following the original, ancient manufacturing
processes. THETIS, at the moment, is the only company in the Museum
market that offers ceramic copies, which do not simply imitate the
style of the originals with the use of acrylic paints. The second
component 'authentics' in the company's name refers to the 'Technologically
authentic reproduction of ancient manufacturing techniques and artefacts'.
The ceramic products span the period from Late Neolithic to Hellenistic
times, including the technologically advanced classical Athenian
pottery, the so-called
red and black figured vases.
Museum Quality Ancient Ceramic Replicas
ceramics produced by THETIS are hand-thrown, hand painted with clay
based materials ("slips") and the colours emerge during
firing. The slips are produced by carefully selecting and processing
natural clays in water in order to separate the finest particle
fraction. The colour and texture of the decoration depends on particle
size, chemical composition and details of the firing.
The shades of red, brown and black are achieved by following the
ancient manufacturing process known as "the iron reduction
technique" which involves successive stages of firing in oxidizing
and reducing kiln atmosphere. Following production the ceramics
are subjected to an accelerated aging process. The result is a ceramic
object whose colour, texture, chemical composition and microstructure
are indistinguishable from the original. In order to prevent any
misrepresentation regarding their origin all objects bear incised
marks of the Museum and THETIS authentics (╚┼ď╔Ë).
The artefacts are totally free of toxic elements (i.e. lead, barium,
zinc etc) or acrylic materials and they are not affected by usual
liquids (tea, coffee, wine, vinegar, oil) or exposure to heat. On
special request, at the Museum Shop, all objects can be supplied
without the aging step for use as tableware.
The Collection of the Benaki
The N.P. Goulandris Collection
Decorated ceramic sherds
Our company following its policy of creating high quality reproductions
of ceraic artifacts is now in a position to offer a collection of
black and red figure ceramic sherds. It is our belief that focusing
on the production of painted sherds represents the best way to set
off the artistic and historical value of classical vases created
by consummate artists, like Efronios, Amasis and Exekias, who depicted
on them scenes of myth and everyday life of Athenians. The scenes
and other decorative features derive from the original vases. The
sherd?s form and outline are adapted to the illustration with the
help of image processing techniques. The sherds are then hand painted
and fired by skillful artisans. Every final object is numbered,
bears our incised company mark and is accompanied by a THETIS' certificate.
The lost Technology of
Classical Athenian Vases
Beware of frauds, fakes and reproductions
(C)2004, THETIS authentics Ltd.
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