Lakeside Pottery - ceramic art programs in, Stamford, Southern CT
543 Newfield Avenue, Stamford CT 06905 | 203-323-2222

Ceramic and China Repair and Restoration




Named in Moffly Media 2012 "The Best of the Gold Coast Connecticut"

Named in Serendipity Magazines 2012 Best Of Everything Collector's Edition
Lakeside Pottery has been named as an award winner in Serendipity Magazines 2012 "Best Of Everything" Collector's Edition and in Moffly Media 2012 Stamford Magazine "The Best of Stamford, CT"


Repair Video

Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
(click pictures)

Fixing broken plate lesson - basic lesson
Cementing only lesson
Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson
Cementing, filling, coloring and glazing broken antique plate
Restore plate lesson including coloring
kintsugi - mending broken pottery with golden jointery
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
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
Cybis Arion Boy on Dolphin - Repair Broken and Missing Finger
Miniature repair w/ missing finger
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Making missing part w/ fired clay
Repairing broken stone sculptures and statues
Repairing broken stone sculpture
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Bronze sculpture repair
Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china
Removing old glue
Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin
Repair Moroccan Tagine

We offer professional ceramic, porcelain, china, stone or plaster sculpture and pottery repair and restoration services for individuals, collectors, antique dealers, museums.

About our capabilities and commitment: We strive for the highest quality and we treat each object entrusted to us with the utmost care. We repair, fix and restore a wide range of materials which include pottery, ceramic, porcelain, china, terra-cotta, clay, stoneware, stone, metal sculpture, plaster, resin, wood and other materials. We can provide different levels of repair for high-end restoration and can propose more affordable options and rates - see more about our restoration options below. We always do the best we can to be sensible with advising our customers on the best path with restoring (or not) the damaged valuable.

Packages sent without first receiving our formal estimate will be charged $40 + shipping costs if return without repair is requested

Our repair and restoration services include almost any antique, collectible, art object, statue or sculpture. As our Before and After example page shows, the range of repairs we can perform is diverse - it can be a hairline crack, chipped item or multiple breaks. When items have missing pieces, Lakeside Pottery can match the ceramic material and restore the original look and feel. And when necessary, we have the unique capability, as ceramic artists, of sculpting or taking an impression of missing pieces, reproducing them from clay and kiln firing the duplicated pieces (instead of a Polymer based filler option) to insure uniformity of materials and retain the restored item's value. At times, making a Custom Made replica in our pottery studio is a more cost effective option which you may choose.

Satisfaction guaranteed: We do not ask for the balance due payment until you are 100% satisfied with the end results (we'll e-mail you pictures for review).

Note: If choosing "Lower" Lower Level Budget (save about 40-50% of Best Level cost): This option includes removing old glues (if any), preparing surfaces for cementing, mending broken pieces using clear two part heavy duty epoxy with 3,700 PSI tensile / shear strengths. This restoration level also includes filling in gaps, chips or missing pieces. Larger missing pieces will be recreated with fillers (not fired clay). Sanding, polishing and priming repaired surface areas to a reasonable level smoothness (not perfect). Mechanically, the restored vessel or sculpture will be exactly like the original form but without color matching around the repaired areas but repair lines will show and might yellow if exposed to UV light (e.g., sun, florescent light) for long duration. This selection can be restored to the Best Level at any future time. At this stage it is Liquid Resist but not food safe. or "Lowest" Lowest Level Budget - Cementing Only (save about 60-70% of Best Level cost): If you wish to just get your broken china or ceramic item back in one piece and perhaps decide to proceed with a full restoration later, we can remove old cement (if any), prepare for mending, and glue all pieces back together. The cemented object will represent it's original shape and be protected from further degradation but not from yellowing if exposed to UV light (e.g., sun, florescent light) for long duration. Missing pieces or shards will not be filled in. At this stage it is :Liquid Resist but not food safe. level repair, repair lines and fillers might yellow with long exposure to UV light (e.g., day light, florescent light). This may occur because the repair is not protected with our painting and glazing layers which are implemented when choosing higher level repairs ("Mid" or "Best" levels).

Short video illustrating and example of our work process.


Pricing: Minimum charge is $95. Most ceramic repairs range from $140 - $380. We require 50% payment prior to restoration commencement. Restoration quotations provided by Lakeside Pottery are valid for 45 days. Note: a 3% fee will be added to invoices paid online with a charge card

Schedule / Lead Time: Repairs can take anywhere between 2 to 16 weeks depending on the complexity and time of year. Our official estimate proposal will indicate schedule as it applies specifically to your project. You may request expedited schedule if it is really important to you to receive the item earlier.

Getting the item to us: Your valuable can be driven to us during selected days and time or shipped. Most items are shipped to us from around the country and some from other countries. If our shipping recommendations are followed (see link), shipping is safe. To date, none of the items shipped following the given shipping instructions were damaged. We take great care in shipping your repaired piece back to you and have a perfect track record.

The cost of repairing damaged ceramic, china, pottery or porcelain depends on the type and extent of the damages taking the following into our calculations:

  • Is removal of an old repair attempt required?
  • How many breaks, cracks or chips?
  • Are pieces missing? If yes, will we be required to fabricate them?
  • How large of a surface needs to be repainted?
  • How many shades of colors are required to be matched?
  • What repair type is chosen relative to your budget (see below)?
  • Does the restoration cost make financial sense?
  • Will it be better, if possible, to create a replica using our Pottery Made to Order services?

How to proceed with using our restoration services:

  • Fill out the on-line Restoration Estimate Request Form.
  • If you decide to proceed, pack the item mail it to us - see Shipping Instructions
  • We require 50% deposit up-front which can be included in the package (check) or Pay On-line
  • Once item is restored, we'll e-mail you pictures of completed project for your approval
  • We'll email you an invoice for the balance due - can be paid online or by check
  • We'll ship the item to you after balance is paid following your instructions (insurance / address)

Note: We do not guarantee functional items such as cooking ware. The repair materials can be effected by excessive contact with, food liquids, cleaning materials and temperature above 150 degree F.

Ceramic and Pottery Restoration Options and Levels:

1) BEST LEVEL BUDGET: This option provides you with a complete restoration process for ceramic, china, pottery, porcelain, sculpture (stone or metal) items. It includes removing old glues (if any), preparing surfaces for cementing, mending broken pieces using archival clear two part heavy duty epoxy with 3,700 PSI tensile / shear strengths heated at 140 degrees F for optimum curation. This restoration level also includes filling in gaps, chips or missing pieces. Larger missing pieces will be sculpted. Repaired surfaces will be sanded, polished and primed. This process includes testing and verifying surfaces with UV / Black Light for smoothness. The last step is matching shades and colors, glazing to the right reflection level (e.g., matt, glossy or anything in between) with a clear coating providing very hard finish. See before and after repair pictures

2) MID LEVEL BUDGET (save about 15 - 25% of Best Level cost): This option is similar to the above but surface smoothness and color matching may be less perfect and we pay less attention to bottom and inside of vessels. Choose this option if having a perfect surface area and / or precise color or glaze matching are not that important to you. The difference between Best and Mid level to a casual observer is nominal except for bottom or inside of vessel where less detailed work was implemented. It will still be a very acceptable job.

3) CEMENTING ONLY (save about 40-50% of Best Level cost): Please set very low expectations. If you wish to just get your broken china or ceramic item back in one piece and perhaps decide to proceed with a full restoration later, we can remove old cement (if any), prepare for mending, and glue all pieces back together. The cemented object will represent it's original shape and be protected from further degradation. Missing pieces or shards will not be filled in and grinding traces (sometimes required for proper fit) will be visible. There are cases where metal pins or pegs insertion is required. The cut slots and the metal will be visible and therefore such a case is not a good candidate for Cementing Only. Also note that even if pieces appear to fit well with very faint lines showing when holding them tightly together, once epoxied, the repair lines will be very visible; they will be slightly thicker and the clear epoxy will appear dark.

4) KINTSUGI - translation from Japanese means "golden joinery". This technique transforms broken ceramic or china vessels into beautiful works of art using gold effect and lacquer / epoxy to enhance breaks or the attachment of shards and in doing so giving an aesthetically pleasing and unique way to repair broken pottery. Gold effect is not the only color of Kintsugi repair. Other powdered metals can be used as well, including silver, bronze or copper. This option is often less costly repair than our Mid and Best level repairs. Best candidates for the kintsugi style repair are: Far east antiques china and pottery, wood fired pottery, raku and Bonsai pots or trays.

More about this unique offering

5) Do it yourself (save 100% of cost) - Because we are also an educational facility, we have created some tutorials for those of you that prefer to repair the broken item at home (DIY) using more commercially available materials. See Several Lessons at different levels with detailed information and illustrations.

You may choose some or all steps depending on your budget.

See a short video of a repair process and it's quality



Restoration Projects Shipping Address:
Lakeside Pottery Restoration Lab
100 Thornwood Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Phone: 203-323-2222
email us

We ship anywhere within the USA and Canada

Restoration Projects Drop-off Address:
Lakeside Pottery Studio
543 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-323-2222
email us


Ceramic Restoration Customer Reviews


Customer experience with Lakeside Pottery's china repair services
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Ceramic repair thank you note September 2012


I received the Royal Doultan Soldier and I can't express how pleased I am. Thank you for the quality workmanship. Unfortunately with my business and employees breakages occur more often than I would like, it is nice to know that should a collectible piece get broken in the future I have a trusted partner in getting the item repaired. Thank you again! My customer was very pleased. Jananice


The package made it here fine. I just unwrapped it. I cannot believe it. when I found your site and decided to get the piece fixed, I hoped it would turn out good. I never in my wildest dreams expected it to be perfect. You guys are the best. I don't know the words to express just how happy I am with the way it turned out. I can say for certain the before and after photos do not do it justice. this should make for a very Merry Christmas for my wife. Thanks again, Ashley

Patty and Morty, Just wanted to let you know the ceramic lid arrived safely. Upon opening it my wife thought I’d found a replacement company and bought another lid like the one that had been broken. Upon learning it was the SAME one that belonged to her grandmother she was speechless. There’s no describing how special it was to my wife that the same lid was able to be restored. Thanks to you for your excellent work and for making my wife speechless for once! Just kidding. She’s an amazing woman and I’m immensely grateful for your outstanding work. I won’t hesitate to call you should the need arise in the future. Regards, Aaron


Hi Patty and Morty, things have been a bit stressful for me as you can imagine since being back home but I wanted to let you know the lids arrived on Thursday. They are perfect in every way. I could not have asked for anything more. Im looking at them now back on their bases and im just so happy that you were able to restore them back to perfection. I think you know how much this meant to me and in light now of losing both my parents during this time it means even more.

You have been so amazing to work with. So kind, thoughtful, caring and professional. I have told many people about you, you company and services and will continue to do so. Thank you for all you do as craftsman, artists, business owners and caring people. My best, Debra


Google review: I broke a vase that was very dear to me and irreplaceable. I tried to glue it myself but saw the flaws and knew I would be heartbroken every time I looked at it. I was sure I could take it to someone in the metro area near my home. I got online and searched for a company I could trust. The ONE AND ONLY website capable of the intricate work my vase required was Lakeside Pottery, Sure I had to ship it half way across the country, but once I contacted them, I knew I had found skill and professionalism I was seeking. They stayed in constant communication throughout the process and the end result is just beautiful. There is no one out there like Lakeside Pottery and I would have lost my precious vase if not for them. A million thanks!!! Vicky


I was very very lucky to find Lakeside Pottery thru my Google search engine. I made an appointment and personally visited their studio. Upon seeing their restoration works in process and completed works, convinced me that the right choice was made. After meeting with Morty and Patty, and showing them my plaster/papier mache figure, I was totally impressed with their professional knowledge on restoration. The detailed planning and advice prior to their undertaking of my first restoration project kept me at ease. I was updated with photos, texts and telephone calls whenever necessary. Their restoration work was museum quality at a fair price. In the past 6 months, Lakeside Pottery just completed my third restoration project with many many more to follow. David


Patty and Morty, the piece looks fantastic! I cannot believe the transformation. Thank you so very much! Stephen


Once again we both would like to thank you for the incredible job. You are just amazing and REAL professionals. We sincerely hope to seeing you in the near future. Thank you.....Ciao....

Joe & Margie


Hi Morty, Hi Patty :))

UPS delivered my treasured owl about 7:00 PM this evening, and we just opened its shipping box after having a late dinner. The owl arrived unharmed as expected. Your packaging is always perfect.

OMG, Just when I thought I couldn't be any happier than how I felt seeing the owl restored in your photos for the first time, I was wrong .. soooo wrong! The owl looks even more spectacular, more beautiful, and more stunning than it ever did! Reason being, the way you smoothly and softly transitioned from one color to the next on the lamp's leaves, is amazing and perfect! I remember seeing the leaves original painted surface before the lamp's restoration, and the artist who painted it didn't have the gift of being able to smoothly shade from light to dark and gently transition from one color to the next the way you did. The leave's original paint had a choppy and sharp color-change transition. Another improvement you made to the original was the flower pedals. They now look smooth, soft, and they have a more realistic appearance than the original. So, you actually improved on the original and nobody but you and I will ever know the difference! I just cannot get over how utterly fantastic the piece turned out! I never imagined the repair to be so spectacular!! Every leaf and every flower pedal looks like the original but better in its construction, paint, and artistry!

Thank you so much for all the time, effort, patience, and for always putting your heart an soul into my pieces and their restoration. Please thank Jon & Mike for their part in repairing my treasured owl lamp ! Words alone cannot fully express my appreciation and gratitude for accepting and completing my owl lamp's restoration project. Sincerely, Valerie (& Jim !! )


Dear Morty and Patty, thank you for restoring our wedding plate to its original beauty. Amazing work! All the best, Emily and Les


Google Review: My wife bought 3 sculptures and unfortunately I broke two of the 3 men, each in many pieces. Lakeside pottery put them back together so they could join their brother. The repair exceeded my expectation in every way. Now it is impossible to tell which 2 were repaired. I am truly impressed and grateful. Jim


Google Review: Just received the SECOND piece you have repaired for me and it is PERFECT! I cannot thank you enough for taking another piece of my childhood and restoring it to perfection. Your service, communication and work was exceptional THANK YOU!!! Susan


Dear Patty and Morty, you have made me so happy. It looks perfect. I cannot thank you enough. That piece means a lot to me. Thank you, again. With my warmest regards, Sharon


Google Review: After obtaining my estimate, a broken ceramic figurine with huge sentimental value was sent to Lakeside Pottery. The repair was done in half the time estimated (said it would take up to 60 days; received in 30 days). I was amazed it when I saw it in person. I can't believe it was the same broken piece. I highly recommend this company and their incredible craftsmanship. Glenn


Morty/Patty, just Sensational !!!! Looks Magnificent !!!! Thanks. David


Hi Morty and Patty - THANK YOU again for a most amazing restoration job on the School of Mines Teapot! If you didn't know you could never spot where the damage was and I am very, very pleased with how this all turned out. The matching of the glazing is truly amazing! I'm sure you don't lack for endorsements of your work but if I can ever help with how fantastic your expertise is I would be happy to lend my name and experience. I've attached a pic of the newly restored teapot as a centerpiece of my collection! Thank you (again!, again:-)) I will recommend you to anyone and everyone I know. Kindest regards, Mike


I just returned to Florida and opened the box with the 2 guys you repaired for us and reunited them with their brother. I cannot tell which of the three was not damaged. They look fantastic and worth every penny. Thank you for such a great job, I am truly impressed with your work. Jim


Google Review: Morty and Patty are extremely friendly, competent and talented. My cousin sent me a family heirloom from California to Connecticut, a plaster bust of my great grandmother sculpted by my great grandfather. She shipped it UPS ground and the base and neck shattered/crumbled during the journey. I was heartbroken when I opened the box. I searched online and found Lakeside Pottery. Their website shows many before and after photos and they did not disappoint! The plaster bust looks like new and they did it all within a couple weeks. I can't even tell it was ever damaged and they even put a reinforcement coat on it to strengthen it. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone. Morty called me throughout the process to give me plenty of options and to keep me abreast of his progress. It was great doing business with them!!!! They are miracle workers! Timothy


Patty and Marty, great job! Our fruit display hasn’t looked that good since 1962. Thanks, Dennis


Dear Patty and Morty, thanks ever so much. It looks perfect. Thank you for your time and attention to our wedding plate. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone in need of your services. All the best, Emily


Hi Pat and Morty! Well you certainly outdid yourselves with this guy. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him. He is beyond perfect and the way you fixed the pipe and the map no one would believe what it looked like before to see it now. You are the real deal when it comes to restoration and I will never use anyone else in the future. I literally got choked up when I unwrapped him but they were very happy tears. I am pleased beyond words. With Sincere Thanks, Cynthia


Morty, I wanted to let you know that the vase arrived safely this afternoon. I'm so pleased, Morty -- you did an absolutely beautiful job in the restoration. Thank you for giving me an important part of my life back! I intend to stop at the pottery shop in Canaan that recommended your services to let them know how well everything worked out. I've found a very safe place here to display the vase without fear that it will be knocked over again! It's great to have it back home. You've been a wonderful "therapist" to the vase – and to me! Thanks so much again, Morty. John


Patty and Morty, the tray arrived today and I am absolutely blown away by the workmanship in its restoration. I knew it would be good, but it is really flawless to the untrained eye, even my own. Thank you so much for the effort and craftmanship you brought to this effort.Yours, Debby


Hi Morty and Patty, My African gentleman arrived safely and he looks wonderful. You did an amazing job. Thank you!! I have another piece to send to you, but I have to find it and take pictures etc. You'll be hearing from me again in a couple of months. Have a wonderful weekend. Hilary


March 2014, Our Church's life size statue of Mary had extensive damage to it after it had fallen. Thankfully, we found Lakeside Pottery to restore it. They sculptured new hands, repaired the many broken areas and repainted the entire statue with it's many details. The restoration was remarkable! It looks beautiful! I would highly recommend them and would not hesitate to use them in the future. They are professionals, and do outstanding work with great attention to details. Thank you, Arlene, Wolcott, CT.


Hi! I wanted to let you know that my Mary and Jesus statue arrived today and it turned out so nicely! I am very impressed! I will be sure to keep your info if I ever have another repair. And I will pass your info along to my friends and family, as well. Thank you for doing such a great job with my restoration! Lindsey


Patty and Morty, Thank you again for your excellent work repairing our "Blue Birds" jar. It arrived in excellent condition. My wife was thrilled to tears and amazed at its recovery when I presented it to her as a surprise today. It looks flawless and will resume its prized perch. She had made the jar in 1977. It may not be the most priceless piece of pottery in terms of dollars but it is in terms of its emotional value to my wife. Thank you again for enabling the recovery. John


Dear Patty and Morty, Upon receiving Mabu, I could not have been more delighted with the results. Your outstanding workmanship exceeded my expectations. Thank you for the remarkable work that was done on Mabu. Your attention to detail and prompt service was very much appreciated.Thank you again and God bless. Regards, Anita


The kintsugi bowl has arrived in perfect condition - it is simply gorgeous! It is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes – perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!


Morty and Lakeside Pottery are miracle workers. Our prized raku sculpture, affectionately referred to as "Olga", was accidentally destroyed by our moving company. My wife and I were heartbroken because she was our most prized piece of art work. We assumed that Olga was beyond repair. However, with extreme care, diligence and professionalism Morty was able to restore Olga, perfectly. You would never know she had been damaged. Before he commenced the repair work, Morty walked us through the procedure he intended to employ. He sent us detailed photos pin-pointing each of the areas of actual damage and areas of potential damage that we might wish to address since we had the opportunity to reach the interior of the sculpture while Morty was making the many repairs. As the work progressed, he invited us to visit the studio and explained the process to date and steps towards completion in intricate, fascinating detail. Upon completion, he packed Olga in a very safe, professional manner (too bad the movers hadn't taken these precautions). A couple of hours after Olga was picked up for delivery to the house, Morty called to make sure we were happy with the new Olga and that the placement of her in our home was a success. We couldn't ask for a more professional, personal or educational experience. Without hesitation, we highly recommend Lakeside. We hope never again to be in a position to utilize Lakeside's services, but if any of our art work were damaged, there is no question that we would run back to Morty. Gary

Dear Patty and Morty, The restored vessel just arrived and a beautiful, marvelous job of restoration.When I remember what I sent you ,twenty some pieces of a broken Terra Cotta water vessel and now it is alive again, I don't know how to tell you all my feelings so just let me say THANK YOU. Sincerely.Jacques



Hello Morty and Patty. Just wanted to let you know the vase arrived in good condition. Thank you so much for all your artistry. It is absolutely beautiful and has been reunited with its "companion" vase. They look wonderful together. Sincerely, Diana


Morty, I wanted to commend you and your folks on the wonderful job you did repairing the green goose, "Sylvia!" She looks wonderful. My friend had bought her in Germany about 20 years ago and was quite distraught when I broke her. She was very happy to get her back and you can't even tell she was broken. I will definitely refer you to anybody that might need your services although I am not planning to do so myself, anytime soon! Thanks again, Jim


Thanks Morty, That was a terrific job on the Picasso vase. It looks great! Jack


Amazing work!!! Morty and Patty repaired a family heirloom that I thought was broken beyond repair, but they did a museum quality repair and I am so thankful I found them!!! Thank you again, Nicholas


Thank you....I am so pleased and happy with the repair... Beautiful work! Ellizabeth


Thanks very much. That Lincoln statue has been beautifully restored. You do great work. Sincerely, Joe


Patty and Morty - Thank you SO MUCH for the repair on Scott's Hawaiian Whale Mug. He is just absolutely thrilled and says it is perfect. He loved your work so much that we will be sending another mug that needs repair in hopes you can work your magic. I will be filling out the estimate request shortly. Thank you again! Virginia


Dear Patty and Morty, Oh my goodness! The plate is beautiful. The work you did on the broken handle is perfect. Thank you very much for restoring this family keepsake, Margaret


We just received the Lollipop jar... wow! The jar belonged to my wife's parents and was in her family home since the 50's. We were bringing it home to send it to our daughter and her husband to be used for our grandson when he gets older. As you might imagine, my wife freaked out when the bag broke and the jar fell to the ground. You people are truly artists and I am very grateful to have found your services. Thank you, Scott


In fall 2012, I took a life-changing trip to multiple countries throughout Africa. It was my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa and words really could not describe the emotional and intellectual enlightenment I experienced on this trip. I say this only to emphasize the importance that many of the souvenirs (primarily artwork and statues) had for me. Some items were for my personal collection and others were gifts for family, close friends and important clients.

Before departing South Africa, we packaged several stone statues and made arrangements for Fed-Ex to ship back to the US. What we learned after the fact, is that customs and Fed-Ex are required to search large packages to ensure that they do not contain contraband. All of the items were unpacked at least twice during shipping and not re-packaged in their original form. Six of the statues arrived to the US shattered in numerous pieces. Heartbreaking would be an understatement. Fed-ex immediately agreed to waive the shipping and reimburse me for the cost of all of the items, but this obviously did not alleviate the massive disappointment.

I searched for a statue restoration business in greater New York as a long shot hope that someone might be able to get the statues to a presentable form at a somewhat reasonable cost. We found Lakeside Pottery which had high reviews and impressive testimonials. I selected three statues (that had the most importance to me) to have repaired. I was doubtful that the team at Lakeside would be able to work a miracle, but they did! Three times! I am blown away that they got the statues (each broken into 15 pieces or more) into a state that really looks better than new. Effort and professionalism are oftentimes is a dying art, but not at Lakeside. These guys are pros and they really do work miracles.

Lakeside fixed an awful situation and I find it hard to imagine that there is any project they would not be able to handle.

Carlos Fleming, IMG


What a masterful job accomplished by two extremely talented artists! We thought all was lost when we accidently broke the top of our 2 1/2 foot prized vase, which we purchased in Greece over 40 years ago. We had many large, small and missing pieces. How would the vase ever be restored to its original beauty? We "let our fingers do the walking" and came upon Lakeside Pottery Studio. What a find! Morty and Patty exuded confidence and told us not to worry. They were so right. No one would ever know about the "accident," even if one looked closely. True skill and artistry! Both Morty and Patty are delightful people who we will certainly recommend! Mark & Harriet


I received our lid. Specifically, since I didn't know you when I placed my order, I could only hope that you would produce quality work for a fair price.I am extremely pleased with the result. Joan


Dear Morty, The statue arrived today and I want to compliment you (and Patty) for restoring it to its original appearance. It looks wonderful! Thank you. Mary


Dear Morty & Patty, I received my Peruvian Ceramic Bus Figure today. WOW, I was absolutely amazed to see that is looked brand new as the day I bought it back in Peru, even on from the backside. The colors were matched exactly as well. Thank you so much for all your effort and time in restoring my cherished keepsake, as I know it must have been a tedious process. It truly meant alot and I am so thankful to you for bringing it back to life. Please express my appreciation to the gentleman who also worked on the restoration process as well. Sincerely, Haruko


Hello Morty and Patty, I received the teapot, creamer and kangaroo a couple of weeks ago. I’m sorry I didn’t’ respond sooner, but it’s been crazy busy with work and the upcoming holiday. I wanted to thank you so much for doing such beautiful work. Everyone that has looked at the pieces cannot tell that they were broken. I’m very impressed and posted the before and after photos on my facebook page and praised your work and would recommend you to everyone. Thank you again for the beautiful work. Holly


Hello, I received the package about 2 or 3 weeks ago and wanted to let you know how fabulous the work you did looks. I know it was in many pieces, both large and small and I can not tell that there was any damage .... The inside of the lid looks wonderful as well. You do superb work and I would\will recommend you to anyone that I know that needs ceramic restoration done! Thanks again, Duwayne (from Germany)


Hi Patty and Morti, I wanted to inform you that I received my five Kintsugi bowls and they are more beautiful than I anticipated. They are absolutely perfect! I couldn't be any happier. It has been a blessing working with your company and we will definitely be ordering from you again in the future! Be blessed, Samantha


Good morning Patty and Morty, I received the bowl yesterday and it is absolutely gorgeous. When my husband and two adult children saw it they were all truly amazed. I don't think the bowl looked this good brand new. :~) You all are truly artisans and we really appreciate the care and workmanship that went into this effort. Once we saw the bowl, I think we solved the mystery of the missing piece. I believe the piece came from the base and was broken off so long ago, probably when my husband was a young child, that it just became the way the bowl was. To have the bowl totally restored is just incredible and such a gift. Thank you so much. We will treasure this and think fondly of Lakeside every time we look at the bowl. Sincerely, Jeanne


You guys did a beautiful job on the lid. My wife and I both looked closely at the picture and can't detect the repair line at all. We are planning on displaying the jar in a very prominent spot for all to see. It is good to know that there is a studio like yours that we can turn to in the future if we need any additional repairs. again thank you for your work on this repair. John

Just wanted to say thanks for doing such a great job repairing the jug! My husband was thrilled to have his Grandfathers jug back to looking how it had for years! Thanks again, Jeanne


The Vase arrived today. Thank you so much, it looks great. I can't tell that it was damaged! I am truly delighted. Regards, Pat

I received the Blessed Virgin Statue yesterday and it turned out beautifully. Thank you for the care and craftsmanship you took with this statue. Happy Holidays, Loretta


Patty and Morty: I wanted you to know, belatedly, that you did a miraculous job of repairing the nouveau bowl. You are the greatest at this. I was amazed.Greg

I have a teapot that was given to me by my now deceased mother. The handle of the teapot was shattered by an accidental bump. After months of searching for someone to repair the handle I found Morty and Patty at Lakeside Pottery. The repair is invisible and the teapot is like new. No one can tell that it was ever broken. I am so pleased to be able to look at my teapot and remember my mother. Thank you Morty and Patty for the time you took to repair my teapot. Barbara M.


Hi, Patty and Morty, Thank you very, very much. The bowl arrived last night and looks terrific! I really appreciate the hard work that went into fixing it - it was in bad shape. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Kindest regards, Carolyn, satisfied customer :-)


Hello, Morty, I am so excited!!!! It looks amazing. Thank you so much for your hard work, I can tell effort and care was taken in the making the kintsugi bowl, Matthew


Thanks for the quick reply! It just arrived and looks great ... perfect! Many thanks for putting this platter back together. It's been broken for more than 20 years and now I have it whole again! Thanks again. Stay cool! Mary


I have received the pot, and it is gorgeous! It looks just like new. Thank you so much for everything! Katie


Received the bowl today. It looked absolutely great; my wife was thrilled to have it back. Thank you so much. Dave


I received the urn and am delighted with your work and the results. I live in a century old house and I have filled it with articles which I have selected very carefully over two decades. This urn is one of my favorite pieces and I was very distressed at its damage by the maids. You have restored it to it's original condition; I have examined it very carefully and find no evidence of it's damage. Thank you for your service. Frank Baker


Dear Patty and Morty, The repair exceeds all my expectations, I cannot tell the platter was ever damaged! Thank you so very much, an outstanding effort. Faye


We had our lamp for over 20 years. It is very special to us and is memorabilia from our past. When our daughter accidentally broke it, we were upset and saddened. We lost all hope that we could ever repair it and especially replace it. We looked on the Internet and miraculously found Lakeside Pottery. We contacted them and sent them the pictures of our lamp. They were very courteous and helpful and told us that they would try their best to mend it. Several weeks later we could not believe our eyes. They had repaired the lamp completely with excellent quality of work. We couldn't be happier and more grateful to Lakeside Pottery. They are professionals and perform excellent work. We highly recommend them. Sincerely, Peter and Nancy Fabian


Patty and Morty, thank you so very much! This looks wonderful! it looks like it was never damaged! I can't wait to show my wife how well this turned out. it is a big relief. Thank you again-Dave


Patty and Morty, Thank you so much for the wonderful job you did on the repair of the pitcher. If we ever solve the mystery of who and where this piece was made I will pass the information along. We also want to thank you for your assistance on our UPS claim. We have successfully got UPS to compensate us for the damage. We hope we never find ourselves in need of pottery repair again but if we do I know who to turn to. Chris & Yvonne


Good Morning Morty, Thank you for calling. I received my lizard last Thursday, just before our “blizzard”. You have done a wonderful job repairing it and I am very pleased with your work. I know it is not an extremely expensive item, but it means a lot that you treated it as if it was. Thank you again. Warm regards, Phylis


Dear Patty and Morty, just want to let you know that the figurine made it safely to us today. It looks really great. Please be assured that your assistance and professionalism with this project is very much appreciated. Many many thanks for giving us back a piece of our family history, Warmest Regards Steven and France


You are MAGICIANS! Amazing really. I sent payment, you should receive it soon. Scott is going to be thrilled. Thank you! Virginia


WOW, Dear Patty and Morty, the figurine looks absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much for giving us back a piece of our family's history. I will pay the balance today by paybal. Best Wishes for 2013


Hi Morty and Patty, I received the package yesterday. The Santa Claus looks great!!! The repair you did is just great. You cannot even tell where you made the repair. I am very happy with it. When I purchased the item off of eBay and received it damaged I was upset, but the Santa looks great now. Thank you both and have a great Holiday!! Gary


Patty & Morti, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the beautiful work you did restoring Anne Boleyn's hand; you are wonderfully talented artist. Anne now resides in her own glass case where she is on display separately from the other collection. Thank you much, Suzanne


Hi Morty and Patty, I received the boxes on Thursday afternoon, just before we were leaving town--got back home late last night and I have just now finished opening them. I am so excited, they look amazing. I can not tell at all that the figurine was ever broken. I am very pleased. You do amazing work and I am so blessed that I found you on the internet. I will certainly tell my friends about you. I appreciate you both so much and I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season. Pat


Dear Patty and Morty, I received my repaired plate. It was the one that was yellow with flowers around the edge and green handles. You did a beautiful job! Thank you very much. This means the world to me since it is a dear family keepsake. My best, Margaret


Hi Morty - First off I want to THANK YOU - Oh my goodness - the bowl looks brand new! You did a awesome job on it!!!!!! 2ndly - I've got the pitcher in boxes (2 of them) and will be shipping either today or tomorrow. For the most part they are together - there's a few pieces that I was struggling with & ran out of glue & thought it best to leave it to a professional to put back together. Once it comes let me know what the additional cost will be & I'll ship you out a check asap. Thank you again for a SPECTULAR JOB!!!!!!!! Thank you! Have a great day! Kaye Weiss


Thanks very much for the great job on the doggie; looks perfect!! Again, many thanks for your patience and for the outstanding job! Nancy Rick

Morty and Patty, ‘Just wanted to send a short not to tell you my trivet arrived last week – you did fabulous restoration work on it!!! Even the backside looks perfect! I very much enjoyed doing business with you – you were not only a pleasure to deal with, you were prompt with an estimate, prompt in turning the project around and prompt in getting the piece back to me. A lot of businesses could use a lesson from the two of you – you make a great team! Again, many thanks. Kathleen P.


We had our lamp for over 20 years. It is very special to us and is memorabilia from our past. When our daughter accidentally broke it, we were upset and saddened. We lost all hope that we could ever repair it and especially replace it. We looked on the Internet and miraculously found Lakeside Pottery. We contacted them and sent them the pictures of our lamp. They were very courteous and helpful and told us that they would try their best to mend it. Several weeks later we could not believe our eyes. They had repaired the lamp completely with excellent quality of work. We couldn't be happier and more grateful to Lakeside Pottery. They are professionals and perform excellent work. We highly recommend them. Sincerely, Peter and Nancy Fabian


Morty and Patty, ‘Just wanted to send a short not to tell you my trivet arrived last week – you did fabulous restoration work on it!!! Even the backside looks perfect! I very much enjoyed doing business with you – you were not only a pleasure to deal with, you were prompt with an estimate, prompt in turning the project around and prompt in getting the piece back to me. A lot of businesses could use a lesson from the two of you – you make a great team! Again, many thanks. Kathleen P.


I had a vintage piece of Mexican Folk Art (a large ceramic pitcher) designed by world famous artist repaired by Lakeside Pottery. The pitcher arrived by air freight broken, and appeared to be beyond repair. Four large sections had broken away and had to be reattached to the pitcher. The repairs had to be structurally sound, and the various surface textures, colors and patterns matched so they blended with the undamaged surfaces. The repairs required a number of skills, an understanding of the historic nature of the art, a knowledge of structures, materials, and painting----- skills that Lakeside applied to the restoration.

Lakeside made a thorough examination of the piece before doing any work to determine how best to repair the damage. In doing so they found that the piece had been previously repaired, and were able to correct it. Once it was determined that the pitcher could be repaired and the best way to do it, Lakeside explained the process in great detail, how long it would take and what it would cost. In the end there were no surprises. The work was expertly done and when finished the pitcher was stronger than it had been, and the repairs could not be seen or felt when running your hand over the surface.

This is just one example. Lakeside has repaired 6 other pieces of ceramic Mexican Folk Art for me, each with a different set of challenges and in each case the repairs were flawless.


I cannot thank Patty and Morty at Lakeside Pottery enough for the incredible repair work they did for us. After spending a week in Morocco trying to find the perfect antique for our home, we were so excited to return to New York with a piece we just loved. No carpets or magic lanterns for us, we had found a gorgeous antique ceramic Tagine with beautiful silver and stone detail. So you can imagine our devastation when we opened up the box it had been shipped in and found it very, very broken. Whole chunks of ceramic had chipped off, and there were deep cracks, well, everywhere. We thought it was going to be totally hopeless to fix it, and the more we called around to restorers in New York City (who either didn't call us back or quoted us astronomical prices to fix it) the more discouraged we became.

Then I came across the website for Lakeside Pottery. I immediately had a good feeling. Patty and Morty were very responsive right from the outset - they returned my phone calls and emails quickly and were so kind and honest. They gave me a very fair estimate based on the photos I sent and were very communicative throughout the process. When the tagine arrived at their studio, Morty called me to let me know that the damage was far worse than he'd been able to see from the pictures. Basically the whole thing was shattered and being held together by the intricate metal work. A total disaster. Without taking the whole thing apart (which would cost thousands of dollars we didn't have), it would be tough to really fix. I started to panic. Don't worry though, Morty said, he had a plan.

Well, his plan worked! Over the phone, Morty took me through exactly what he was planning to do to fix it, he was so good about keeping me in the loop and making sure I understood the process. I was truly shocked when only a short time later Morty called me to tell me he'd be shipping it back to me restored. We couldn't believe how fantastic it looked when it arrived. I had assumed that no matter what we'd always be able to see the cracks where it had been shattered, but the way he fixed it you'd never be able to tell it had broken in the first place. And while I'm thrilled that they were able to repair the tagine so well, I'm equally thrilled at what a nice experience it was. What could have been a stress, nerve-wrecking experience ended up being a truly lovely one! Now the tagine is prominently displayed in my home and everyone who sees it just raves about it.

While I hope not to have too many more antiques break in my future, from now on I won't be quite so devastated knowing I can send them up to Lakeside! I highly recommend working with them .

Sincerely, Elizabeth


Thank you both again for the beautiful job you did restoring the plaque commemorating my husband's uncle. He was so touched when he opened it and has been showing it to his entire family at every family gathering! You both have made someone very happy! Cathy


We received repaired Vase... My wife and I agree... that what your shop has done... is nothing short of remarkable! Thanks much! Frank


Thanks Morty, That was a terrific job on the Picasso vase. It looks great!


Hi Patty & Morty. I just finished unwrapping the cats and they look wonderful! I have had them broken for several years and it's just wonderful to see them all repaired. I am so delighted with them. Thank you so much! Lee



Before: "My grand daughter broke my father's 12 inch fruit platter, which he bought with my mother when they first got married 55 years ago, and I would like to have it restored."

After: "Wow, that is truly unbelievable. It brings tears to my eyes. Like I said, it has mostly sentimental value, but it wasn't until it broke that I actually noticed I also found it beautiful. Michele"


Patty and Morty, you are really incredible! The Santa plate and my violin girl figurine are both whole again, and beautiful. Thank you for your care, amazing response time, and artistic excellence. Ellen


Thanks so very much!! The dish looks amazing thanks to your talented repair. Thanks again for fixing it so quickly!!
Happy New Year to you and yours!! Chris


Morty from Lakeside Pottery repaired a small saltbox for me that had strong sentimental value. It had belonged to my parents and had some historical value as it is labelled "Made in Occupied Japan".

The broken off corner piece is now back in place; the paint was perfectly matched. Morty used great care and his considerable skills to restore the box to its former glory. We are completely satisfied with Morty's dedication to his craft and would recommend Lakeside Pottery whole heartedly. Paul and Dorothy


Restoring a lid to a pot. "Hi Patty and Morty, I received the lid and it looks beautiful! I can't thank you enough for doing such a wonderful job. I appreciate your expertise and also your kindness. Thank you so much. Carol"


Dear geniuses at Lakeside: You did such a phenomenal job on my husband's pot, I am amazed. Thanks again, Janet


Restoring Josefina Aguilar Ceramic Sculpture. We recently had two large clay figures repaired at Lakeside Pottery. They were made by the world famous Mexican Folk Artist Josefina Aguilar. The two figures each 30 high were quite heavy and though professionally packed broke in shipment. The repairs required reconstructing complex shapes that had broken off the figures, adhering them to the body, and painting them to match the original colors. In addition a 10 long hairline stress crack up the back of one figure needed to be stabilized. To reconstruct the broken pieces, Lakeside Pottery used both primitive techniques employed by the artist, and cutting edge technology such as high strength adhesives, fiber and fillers. Using only materials that would not damage the art work, they restored the broken pieces so the repairs were stronger than the original clay construction. All the work was done with great care and expertise and when finished the repairs were invisible to the eye and touch.

It was a pleasure working with Morty and Patty. From the outset, they explained their process in detail and kept us informed of their progress completing the work on time as promised. If you are looking for a museum-quality ceramic repair shop, Lakeside Pottery can provide that service.

Alan Eliot Goldberg, Architect, and Folk Art Collector


Restoring broken vase. "Dear Patty and Morty - Thank you for the vase - she is absolutely beautiful! Arrived yesterday on my doorstep. What an incredible restoration - unbelievable! I am having a photographer over tomorrow to do a photo shoot for my website and I will include the vase in a vignette on website. Will be sure to send pic your way. Again, heartfelt thank you!!!!"


Restoring Lamp and Jar. Morty, thank you very much for your wonderful work on both items. They arrived yesterday safe and sound, and I thought you would like to see them for yourself. The little lid is back on the jar and reunited with its partner. The lamp looks fabulous. David is thrilled and sends his thanks. Best regards, Dawn


Restoring broken vase. "Wow!!! .... I am excited! Guess what the best part of the pic was? It's what drew me to the vessel to begin with. The claw marks from the reptile crawling up side of it which are still in tact! I love the color the way it is. Shows character. Perfect. Anything without blemishes is not real. Let's just say that your very timely email made me a very happy woman. Therese."


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Family Heirlooms
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Patty Storms - Ceramic artist, sculptor, instructor, restorer and a painter


Jon-Puzzuoli - Restorer, ceramic artist & instructor

Mike Coviello Restorer and model builder
Mike Coviello - Restorer and model builder



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Beleek
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Blue Onion
Boehm
Buffalo Pottery
Canton
Capodimonte Flowers
Chalkware
Chinese Export
Chintz
Collectibles
Copper Luster
Crown Derby
Cybis
Czechoslovakia Pottery
David Winter Cottage
Deldare
Delft
Disney
Doulton
Dresden
Enamel
Fiesta
Flow Blue
Franciscan
Fulper
Galie
Goebel
Grueby
Hall
Handel
Haviland
Hull
Hummel
Imari
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Jasperware
Kewpie
KPM
Lalique
Lenox
Limoges
Lladro

Majolica
McCoy
Meissen
Metlox
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Minton
Moorcroft
Mustache Cup
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North Dakota Pottery
Parian
Plates
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Pottery
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Red Wing
Rose Medallion
Rosemead
Roseville
Royal Bayreuth
Royal Copenhagen
Royal Doulton
Royal Dux
Royal Worchester
Satsuma Staffordshire
Sleepy Eye
Spode
Staffordshire
Stangle Figurines
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Van Briggle
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