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INTRODUCTIONPORCELAINS AND ANTIQUESRESTORED PROFESSIONALLYBYSHIRLEY B NICHOLSThoughtful humans, for thousands of years preserved unknown amounts of valuable documents, irreplaceable works of art, and unbelievable records they knew not would one dayMoreINTRODUCTIONPORCELAINS AND ANTIQUESRESTORED PROFESSIONALLYBYSHIRLEY B NICHOLSThoughtful humans, for thousands of years preserved unknown amounts of valuable documents, irreplaceable works of art, and unbelievable records they knew not would one day reach this time so we could hold their life history in the palm of our hands. Nature recorded history of our world and without records we would be denied excess to the past. Imagine a world without the Sistine Chapel, or the Dead Sea Scrolls and never seeing moon rocks or the beautiful Mona Lisa. We must believe in what we can dream and preserve them for the future. It is demanded of us to think beyond the world we know to preserve records for tomorrow, and we are required to contribute something to this effort because contribution is our only real requirement. Will your contribution prepare a better path to the future?To see the future we can study the past and with sincere openness we must scan the present with quiet minds. Each living being leaves something and it will take the form of something preserved, repaired or restored. If we want a better future we cannot ignore the past. Restoration touches everyone and though we may not realize it, we embrace the future. Was not yesterday once today and today be tomorrow? This is our world and together we beautify tomorrows. Chose to preserve and I invite you to walk the path of challenges, study yesterdays mysteries and place one foot into the future. When the very first art was created, though crude as it seems today, there became a need to preserve. It was important. It had worth. It could teach and pleasure and embrace us with its wisdom. Today that art leaves us in awe and still chills us with mysteries.Art is a gift and the unique people who care for it are artists with high degrees. Not just degrees in learning, but degrees of burning passions to caress and embrace great creative minds, and study events of the past. I firmly believe craftsmen must pass their knowledge to the next generation. The greatest gift you could share is to give someone the chance to give back, also.Great artists have and still do, work behind the doors of dark, dusty basements. Their dedication is rewarded with satisfaction of touching the past and listening to voices of great artists, thinkers- the wise, and yes even the foolish. To not pass knowledge on would be unconscionable as it was given to us and must be offered back. The love for people and the ability to see worth in our world qualifies everyone to become a restorer. The need to know more and daring to challenge ones self, places all high on the list to accomplish the goals we set.Leaving thousands of restorations all over the world is an honor not many people will have, but if you want that for yourself, there is a way. Look in this book for the key that opens the door of knowledge. Without knowledge you wander around in darkness and become discouraged. Step up to the door and knock and ask and keep seeking until you get the answers.This book is not meant to give you a quick fix for your valuables. There are many books on the shelf for that and there are some that promise great monetary gains and then lead you down dead end streets. This is a serious attempt to get you started in restoration. Then, if you chose to move into the commercial field for profit, I applaud you. There is a lot of information collected over twenty-five plus years from my attempts to find a better way to repair and preserve. These years have followed the arts, crafts, geology, gemology, silver work, and many other categories in order to improve this profession. Here lies all that is needed to start you on the right path to become self employed, hobbyist, or craftsman.