Classification of Dubrovnik historic roof tiles ‘kanalica’

Author: Vasilija Todorović
Mentors: Kristina Kojan Goluža, PhD, Professor; Lucia Emanuele, PhD, Associate Professor

Institution: Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's programme of study in Conservation-Restoration, graduated in 2019/2020
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of ceramics

This paper deals with the research of the Dubrovnik historical roof tiles Kanalica, which date back to the time after the earthquake of 1667., until the closure of the factory in Kupari (shortly before the First World War). In this context, different types of historical roof tiles will be analyzed and classified. Given the large differences between the materials used and the surface properties of recent roof tiles used in the reconstruction of the roofs after the 1979. earthquake and the Homeland War, questions arise about the production techniques but also for the composition of historic roof tiles. Those questions are reflected on the surfaces of the historic roof tiles, for their answering the research must be conducted and with it the creation of their glossary.

Speaker's biography
By completing graduate studies in 2020. at the University of Dubrovnik, VASILIJA TODOROVIĆ gained Master's degree in art, specializing in conservation-restoration of ceramic. In 2020. she started working on a project “Roofs of Dubrovnik: The Lost Dimension”. Through her work on the project she formed “Classification of Dubrovnik historic roof tiles Kanalica” which was presented as her thesis for Master's degree. She was also a volunteer on numerous occasions including the organization of the International Conference of Conservation and Restoration Studies (Dubrovnik, Croatia 2019 and 2015). Currently she is working as an intern at the Perast City Museum in Kotor.