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Ancient Pottery Vessel Restoration

antique clay vessel glued


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 owners of this vessel understood it to be a rare ancient Etruscan vase with strong historical value. Though it is not typically done for historic pieces, they requested a seamless repair.

The vase was broken into many pieces, a large segment of the rim was missing, and it had old repairs that needed to be redone. In addition, simply painting to conceal the repair lines was not suitable if we were to insure the preservation of as much as possible of the original surface, therefore we had to implement a staining technique.

To apply staining with effective color and sheen matching, after cementing all the pieces, we used a tinted filler, mixing the filler with natural pigments, that had the same porosity performance as the vase's clay body. Once the filler cured and was sanded, we applied additional staining applications for color and color variation fine tuning to achieve a closer match. Finally, "aging" techniques were used for completion.

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 glued
Reenforced walls of antique vessel
Reenforcement coating
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 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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