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Ancient Pottery Vessel Restoration

Pre-Columbian figure broken
Pre Columbian figure broken

Pre-Columbian figure restored
Pre-Columbian figure restored

Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson
Fixing chipped Italian platter lesson step-by-step lesson
Chipped pottery repair lesson

Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson
How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheel
How to replace Stoneware crock's rim
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring
kintsugi - mending broken pottery with gold
Kintsugi - mending with gold
How to repair crack in ceramic
How to fix ceramic crack
Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
Restore bowl lesson w/ missing pieces
Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger
Miniature repair w/ missing finger
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces

This antique vessel came to our restoration studio in a very bad broken state. The owner, a collector from Italy, informed us that it was a classical antiquity. He wanted to make sure that the restoration did not make the pot look "new" which made it an interesting project. The vessel needed to be restored and yet retain it's age and time “scars.” All cemented lines needed to be grooved to then be filled with a hard and porous material. Because the vessel could not receive any paint to hide the repair, maintaining the owner's request for authenticity, the porous filler was stained. This was a challenge because, the filler needed to be tinted with natural pigment to match the varied colors in different areas of the pot. To achieve accuracy, we conducted many filler and pigment tests and chose the right combination for each area. The same process is used for Pre-Columbian Indian Pottery and Chinese terracotta vessels / statues restoration.

Ancient pottery broken to many pieces
Very broken ancient vessel
antique clay vessel glued
Antique pot top part cemented
Ancient pottery mending in process
Antique pot bottom part cemented

Inside wall of ancient pot parts glued
Reenforced walls of antique vessel
Reenforcement coating on the inside
Attaching both bottom and top parts
Attached bottom and top parts
fillers mixed with natural pigment to match [ot
Filler and stain tests

Mix natural pigments with filler
Missing rim piece
One piece is missing
missing piece mad out of fired clay
Missing piece made out of fired clay
filler sanded down
Filler sanded down
light stain for uniformity
Filler stain layering coloring tutorial
antique anciend vessel restored
Completed restoration

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