Susana Coentro is a researcher at VICARTE (“Glass and Ceramics for the Arts”) at FCT-NOVA, Portugal. She earned her PhD in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage with expertise in Technical Art History in 2017, and her thesis was awarded an SOS Azulejo Prize. Since 2010, her research has focused the study of glazed tiles from Portuguese and international collections, with a special interest in the production techniques, historical treatises, pigments, and archaeometry within the field of Technical Art History. She has published in peer-reviewed international journals on the topic of glazed tiles, glass, and other glass-based materials. She has also lectured in several courses at the Department of Conservation and Restoration at FCT-NOVA. In 2019, she started the individual project White Glazes: the foundations of the Portuguese faience technology (CEECIND/00882/2017) to study the beginnings of the Portuguese production of tin-glazed ceramics and, since 2021, she is the Principal Investigator of the FCT-funded project ChromAz – “The Chromatic Journey of the Portuguese Azulejo” (PTDC/HAR-HIS/1899/2020).

Representative works:

S. Coentro, L.C. Alves, J. Coll Conesa, T. Ferreira, J. Mirão, R.C. da Silva, R. Trindade, V.S.F. Muralha (2020). White on blue: A study on underglaze-decorated ceramic tiles from 15th-16th-century Valencian and Sevillian productions. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 30, 102254.

S. Coentro, C. Relvas, T. Ferreira, J. Mirão, R.A.A. Trindade, A. Pleguezuelo, R.C. da Silva, and V.S.F. Muralha (2018). Mineralogical Characterization of Hispano-Moresque Glazes: A μ-Raman and Scanning Electron Microscopy with X-Ray Energy Dispersive Spectrometry (SEM-EDS) Study. Microscopy and Microanalysis, 24 (3): 300-309.

S. Coentro, L.C. Alves, C. Relvas, T. Ferreira, J. Mirão, J. Molera, T. Pradell, R.A.A. Trindade, R.C. da Silva, and V.S.F. Muralha (2017). Glaze Technology of Hispano-Moresque Ceramic Tiles: A Comparison Between Portuguese and Spanish Collections. Archaeometry, 59 (4): 667-684.

V.S.F. Muralha, S. Canaveira, J. Mirão, S. Coentro, T. Morna, and C.S. Salerno (2015). Baroque glass mosaics from the Capela de São João Baptista (Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, Lisbon): unveiling the glassmaking records. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 46: 483–492.

S. Coentro, A.M. Lima, A.S. Silva, A.N. Pais, J.M. Mimoso, V.S.F. Muralha (2012). Pigments and pigment mixtures in Portuguese 17th century Azulejos. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 32 (1): 37-48.