Episode List

E1: Lisa Duncan

Lisa Duncan is the chief conservator and owner of Lisa Duncan, Art Conservator, LLC in Seattle. Her private practice specializes in the consultation, treatment, and assessment for photographic materials and works on paper. She started her own private practice shortly after graduating from the prestigious Master’s program in Art Conservation at the Winterthur/ University of Delaware. She is also a Professional Associate (PA) of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) and a certified assessor for the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). In this episode, we discuss the challenges of starting her business in the Northwest region, balancing work and home life, how to deal with emotions when you’re working by yourself, and what to expect in the early stages of the practice.

E2: Jonathan Stevens

Jonathan Stevens is a conservator in private practice based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He specializes in the conservation of furniture, wooden artifacts, picture frames, and architectural woodwork. Jonathan earned his BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MS in Art Conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation. He has worked extensively as a decorative artist in Philadelphia and has held positions in the conservation labs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Barnes Foundation. In this episode, we discuss his unconventional graduate school and fellowship experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape of furniture conservation, and a review of his first year in the private sector.

Coming Soon! E3: Jenny Mathiasson

Jenny Mathiasson is the owner of Kuriosa Conservation and is an objects conservator based in west Wales. She has a background in heritage management from Bournemouth University and a conservation degree from Cardiff University. For over ten years, she has worked with archeological units, parish churches, theater companies, as well as private collectors, artists, and organizations, such as the University of Cambridge Museums. When she’s not at her workbench, she can be found crafting or creating something, or in her podcast studio producing The C Word: The Conservator’s Podcast. On a personal note, Jenny’s show was an inspiration to me in creating my own podcast. I cannot recommend it enough and there is a link to her podcast in this episode description. In this interview, Jenny and I discuss the landscape of conservation and the logistics of opening her business in the United Kingdom. We also talk about negotiating with private clients and discovering how far they truly wish to restore their beloved objects.