Student Contributors 2014

Lori Covington was a graduate diploma student in the Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials at West Dean. In June of 2013, she completed the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, after 6 months as a residential student. Lori has a BA in psychology and a Masters degree in counseling. Before coming to West Dean, she spent 12 years as a writer and editor.

Rachel Day completed the graduate, postgraduate, and MA courses. She has been volunteering and doing work experience in various libraries since she was fifteen and graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BA in Information and Library Studies and Museum and Gallery Studies. Prior to starting at West Dean she had no experience in book or paper conservation.
Sophie Harris is a postgraduate student studying metals conservation, following the completion of her graduate diploma in 2013. Before coming to West Dean she graduated from a BA (hons) in contemporary crafts with a specialist in casting and metalwork at University College Falmouth. She still continues with her interest in cast copper alloys and has previously worked in a foundry casting bronze sculpture of artists. She is really interested in the combination of this with conservation.

Ronnie Kam is currently an Assistant Curator II (Conservation)-Ceramics in the Hong Kong Conservation Office, Leisure and Cultural Service Department, HKSAR. With the support of her employers, Ronnie joined West Dean College as a full time Postgraduate Diploma Student in Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials in September 2013. After graduation from West Dean in July 2014, Ronnie returned to Hong Kong to continue her work in the Conservation Office.

Emily Kelmendi completed the graduate and postgraduate diplomas in the conservation of furniture. Before coming to West Dean, Emily studied Humanities and gained a DipHE Humanities. In 2009 she went on to join the antique valuator Philip Hoare F.T.V.I in his business. During her role as antique valuator assistant she gained valuable knowledge dealing with a wide range of antiques. To combine her dexterity skills with her interest and knowledge of furniture history brought her to study furniture conservation at West Dean.

Sally Place has worked as a journalist, specialising in editing in-house magazines for companies such as the London Stock Exchange, Glaxo and Bunzl for much of her working life. After starting a family, she worked as a freelance journalist/PR consultant for Waitrose. Somewhere along the line, she became interested in stained and fused glass, selling items online and at craft shows. This interest in working with and creating beautiful objects led her to apply to do the Graduate Diploma on the West Dean Ceramic and Related Objects Conservation programme.

Benjamin Pointer completed the graduate and postgraduate diplomas in book conservation. Benjamin graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in Religious and Theological Studies. Over the course of his Graduate Diploma, Benjamin developed an interest in historical book structures.

Franciszek de Sage finished the graduate diploma on the Conservation of Furniture and Related Objects at West Dean. Prior to beginning his studies in conservation, Franciszek worked for a year in a restoration workshop in Krakow, Poland.