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Chipped plate
Chipped vase
Chipped bowl
Chipped figurine
Chipped jag
Chipped dish

Chipped china
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Cracked pottery
Cracked ceramic
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Cracked porcelain
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We have generated a few lessons covering several aspects of repairing and restoring ceramic, china, porcelain, pottery, stone sculpture and statue . Note that we could not have possibly cover all the required steps, thus some practice is required to increase your success. See lessons index and links below.

IMPORTANT: Ceramic restoration materials are not food safe, liquid or heat proof (over 190 degree F) and repaired items should not be used on cooking or food serving ware more...

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Questions and Answers

This page lists some of the most common ceramic repair and restoration questions we receive regularly (e.g., what glue to use, what repair options are available, can the repair be invisible, etc.)
Fixing broken pottery and china - questions and answers, Minton Parian Figure woman on horse

1) Basic Ceramic Bowl Repair

This tutorial may assist you in mending and cementing your broken ceramic or pottery using easily available tools and materials saving you the cost of professional repair. Click picture for lesson details

Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson

2) More Complex Plate Repair Lesson

How to: Cementing, filling, painting and "cold glazing" broken porcelain / china with missing pieces. This page include a detailed video. Click picture for lesson details

Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate

3) Chipped Pottery Repair Lesson

How to: Cementing, filling and preparing surface for painting, painting and glazing chipped pottery, ceramic or china vessels. Click picture for lesson details

Cementing, filling and prepairing surface for painting  of chipped pottery, ceramic or china How to repair chipped pottery plate, vase, bowl. mug, figurine
4) How to Replace Stoneware Crock's Rim Seamlesly

How to: Replace rare crock's broken rim using the pottery wheel and cold materials (paint and glaze). Click picture for lesson details
How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheel How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheel

5) Filling a Large Gap Pottery Repair Lesson

How to: Filling a large gap, hole or missing piece repairing pottery, sculpture or ceramic. Click picture for lesson details

Filling a large hole or missing part repairing ceramic, pottery, figurine or sculpture Filling a large hole or missing part repairing ceramic, pottery, figurine or sculpture

6) Earthenware Vase Repair Lesson

How to: Cementing and filling broken pottery with missing pieces using fiberglass resin, filler, painting and antiquing. Click picture for lesson details

Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Fixing broken vase - more complex repair

7) Bowl Repair Lesson With Missing Pieces

How to: Filling in missing pieces with fired ceramic impression. Click picture for lesson details

Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl

8) Figurine Repair Lesson with Missing Finger

How to: Adding missing miniature part (e.g., missing finger) using pins for strength. Click picture for lesson details

Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger

9) Ceramic Sculpture Repair Lesson

How to: Repairing and restoring sculpture with missing parts. Click picture for lesson details

Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay

10) Broken Plaster Sculpture Repair

How to: Repairing and restoring large scale lamp. Click picture for lesson details

Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp

11) Bronze Sculpture / Bust Repair Lesson

Antique Napoleon Bronze statue made with "Lost Wax" with the original plaster mold remaining in the statue contributing to present of moisture. The present of moisture oxidized to bronze and eroded to plaster structure. Click picture for lesson details

Repairing corroded bronze metal statue over plaster - lost wax

Repairing corroded bronze metal statue over plaster - lost wax
Repairing corroded bronze metal statue over plaster - lost wax

12) Broken Sculpture Figure Repair Lesson

How to: Restoring broken sculpture (woman's bust) with missing pieces. Click picture for lesson details

Fixing broken statue Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp

13) Removing Old Adhesive Lesson

How to: Separating cemented repaired ceramic and removing old adhesive from ceramic or pottery. Click picture for lesson details

How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china

14) Broken Stone Sculpture Repair Lesson

How to: Repairing and restoring broken stone sculpture. Click picture for lesson details

Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to

15) Replacing Missing Hand in a Figurine

How to: Restoring a Royal Doulton Figurine with a missing limb (hand). Click picture for lesson details

Fixing Broken Royal Doulton figurine Repairing Broken Royal Doulton figurine

16) Repairing Crack in Pottery Lesson

How to: Repairing a cracked ceramic or pottery object with an hairline crack using the "pegging" technique. Click picture for lesson details

Fixing an hairline crack on ceramic Fixing an hairline crack on pottery
17) Selecting The Right Glue

Epoxy Vs. Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue, Crazy Glue) for Ceramic / China Repair.

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2-part clear epoxy -- 5 minutes cure time
Crazy (Krazy) glue
18) Painting Lesson For Repaired Pottery or Ceramic Objects

Painting & Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture. How to Mix Color: Basic Theory
Air Brush or brushes?

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Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture. Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture - lesson
19) Repairing Metal Sculpture

Should I repair my metal or bronze sculpture? Is it real bronze, resin or Spelter and how I can I find out?
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Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture. Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture - lesson
20) Removing Stain from Pottery, China or Ceramic

How to remove and clean stains and crazing marks from old or antique pottery, ceramic and porcelain safely?
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Cleaning stains from china and pottery
Removing stains from ceramic and pottery
21) Illustrations of repairing small figurine

Restoring a small porcelain figurine that was broken to many parts and had several missing pieces. Click picture for lesson details
Repairing Broken ceramic figurine Fixing Broken ceramic figurine
22) Illustrations of Repairing Ancient Pottery

Restoring an ancient roman vessel that was broken to many pieces and some missing pieces. The challenge was restoring it's "antique" look and putting so many pieces together. Click picture for lesson details
Broken ancient pot Repaired ancient pot
23) Illustrations of Repairing Large Shona Stone Sculpture

Restoring a large Shona stone sculpture broken to many pieces and some parts crashed to dust. Because it is a very soft stone, the challenge here was to restore it and maintain it's structural integrity. The other challenge was treat the added missing pieces with the same color and luster as "waxed stone" look Click picture for lesson details
Stone sculpture broken to many pieces before repair Sprong / soft stone sculpture repaired and restored
24) Illustrations of Repairing Imari Platter

Restoring a large high-end antique plate broken to many pieces is a challenge. In this slides how, we illustrate how to handle multiple broken pieces, removal of old repairs, making missing pieces out of fired clay and a lot of missing painting and aged gold details. This plate is a few hundred years old made by Imari, Japan. Click picture for lesson details
Broken Japanese Imari plate Restored Imari Japanese large plate
25) Illustrations of Repairing Plaster Bust

Restoring a plaster bust. This project is the personal plaster bust of David Deacon Jones awarded to him from the NFLĀ PRO Football Hall of Fame. It arrived to Lakeside Pottery Restoration studio broken, cracked, with missing pieces and several layers of previous repair and painting attempts. The photos below show some of the restoration process steps. Click picture for lesson details
Broken Japanese Imari plate Broken Japanese Imari plate
25) Illustrations of Hopi Indian Pottery repair

This Indian Hopi pottery vase made by Stetson Setalla, came to us very broken with missing pieces and several hairline cracks. Restored inside as outside. Click picture for lesson details
Indian Hopi pottery vase by Stetson Setalla Indian Hopi pottery vase by Stetson Setalla

Porcelain and China marking and Symbols

Porcelain marks are the fingerprints of antique china. Serving as both evidence of its origin, age, and often times, quality, the makers mark on a porcelain item is the first place many collectors look before making a purchase. Click picture for lesson details
china marks
Porcelain symbols

Pottery and Metal Repair

Restoring multimedia pottery / silver (Tagine) with missing pieces and multi breaks. Click picture for lesson details - short video

Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin



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