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Antique Chinese Terra-cotta Restoration | Han Dynasty and Tang Horse and Rider




Ceramic & Sculpture 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

Complete ceramic repair lesson | cementing, filling, painting and glazing
Complete ceramic repair lesson

Fixing broken vase - more complex repair
Restore vase lesson

How to Replace Stoneware Crock's rim using the potter's wheelHow to replace Stoneware crock's rim

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 ancient pottery steps
Restoring ancient pottery steps

Lladro figurine - Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces - Lladro

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

Restoring large stone sculpture / statue
Restoring stone sculpture / statue

Plaster figure / statue reapir
Plaster figure / statue reapir

Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp
Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts

Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair
Heavily damaged ceramic figurine repair

Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain

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

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


The Terra Cotta Chinese horse and rider statues below came to us for restoration from different customers. These statues are very old, fragile and made with very soft terra cotta fired clay. They were broken to several fragments and pieces were missing. Reinforcing the repaired areas with metal pins and pegs was important if the restoration is to last for generations. Recreating the diverse surface texture, sculpting the missing pieces from clay that was then fired, and duplicating the many color variations was complex and involved. Below are some examples of before and after repair and some pictures showing a few steps in the restoration process.

Broken antique chinese terracotta horse statues
Broken Terra Cotta horse 1
Broken antique chinese terracotta horse and rider statues
Broken Terra Cotta horse 2
Broken old chinese terracotta statue
Broken Terra Cotta horse 3
Broken old chinese terracotta statue - several picees
Broken Terra Cotta horse 4
Restored antique chinese terracotta horse and rider statues
Restored Terra Cotta horse 1
Restored chinese terracotta horse and rider statue
Restored Terra Cotta horse 2
Restored old chinese terracotta statue
Restored Terra Cotta horse 3
Repaired old chinese terracotta statue - horse and rider
Restored Terra Cotta horse 4
Missing pieces
Visible old repairs and missing parts
missing piece made out of clay
Missing piece made out of fired clay
missing pieces fired in kiln ready to be cemented
Sculpted pieces fired in kiln
missing parts mounted
Fired sculpted hands mounted
inserting brass pegs for proper mechnical integrity
Brass pins reinforcing broken legs
metal pins installed in all broken legs parts
All broken parts cemented / pegged
repair lines filled and smoothed
Repair lines filled and polished
mixing pegments to match antique look and surface texture
Recreating old pigments for "Antique" coloring
mixing paintes to match antique look
Mixing more colors coloring tutorial
Three horse and rider statues restored
Set of three horses completed



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