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Pottery and Ceramic Repair Lessons and Tutorials. How and Where to Restore?





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Page Updated on:
10/31/2021

We Repair and Restore:
Broken ceramic
Broken pottery
Broken sculpture
Broken china
Broken figurine
Broken statue
Broken doll
Broken dish

Broken porcelain
Broken stoneware

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

Chipped china
Chipped stoneware

Chipped porcelain
Cracked pottery
Cracked ceramic
Cracked china
Cracked porcelain
Cracked bowl
Cracked vase
Cracked plate
Cracked platter
Cracked dish

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How to repair and restore broken pottery, ceramic, china, sculpture, figurines and porcelain? Repairing cracks, chips and objects with missing piece?

We have generated several lessons or highlights illustrations covering most aspects of repair. 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...

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.). Click picture for lesson details

Fixing broken pottery and china - questions and answers, Minton Parian Figure woman on horse
1) Basic Ceramic Repair
This tutorial and video should be studied first. It shows the fundamentals of mending and cementing, filling and sanding of 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
Video: Ceramic Repair Process, How To, Materials Used and Studio Tour
1B) Keeping Cemented Pieces in Place While Curing

Keeping Cemented Pieces in Place While Curing

2) 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

3) Repairing Crack in Pottery Lesson

How to: Repairing a cracked ceramic or pottery object with an hairline crack using the "pegging" technique when the crack is too tight or cementing (video) if some movement or gap exist. Click picture for lesson details

Fixing an hairline crack on ceramic Fixing an hairline crack on pottery
4) Repairing Ceramic Platter Lesson Including How to:

Remove old repair, Mend the broken segments, fill gaps, sand filler, paint and glaze the repaired areas

Removing old cement with heat Painting touch up using acrylic
5) 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

6) 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

7) Removing Scratches From Soft Shona Stone Sculpture

How to: Repair scratched soft stone (e.g., Shona, Spring) sculpture.
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Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to
8a) Sculpting Sculpture Missing Segment and Mounting

Valuable antique Buddha statue with missing halo repair and restoration. This video is showing how to fabricate a missing piece using the pottery wheel and mould casting.

8b) Fabricate missing pottery segment using resin epoxy

How to accurately to sculpt a missing segment on a broken pottery or ceramic, pottery or sculpture.

9) How to Repair Sculpture, Statue or Figurine When Metal Pins or Pegs Are Required

** This video showes some painting and glazing steps

Repairing statue, sculpture or figurine with a small cross section requiring metal reinforcement using pins or pegs. This lesson will cover all the steps to complete seamless repair including painting and glazing. The restored figures are rare Ernest Lorenzen ceramic mushrooms.

10) Painting Lesson on 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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See more painting examples here

Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture. Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture - lesson
11) Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi Pottery Repair Tutorial

This lesson will walk you through some of the highlights of both processes, traditional Kintsugi and the Kintsugi effect repair using our proprietary metal alloy and epoxies. Click picture for lesson details
Japanese Kintsugi Step By Step Repair Tutorial - how to Japanese Kintsugi Step By Step Repair Tutorial - how to


Kintsugi, How it Done and Materials Used. Real Gold and Gold Effect Methods


Video of custom made stoneware heart shape vase with Kintsugi art implemented using Opal gemstones and agate.

12) 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
13) 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

14) Bowl Repair Lesson With Missing Pieces

How to: Filling in missing pieces with fired ceramic impression.
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Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl Restoring multi breaks and missing piece antique bowl
15) How to Make Missing Parts Using Mold & Resin

These two copper and glass antique candle holders are part of high value set with missing glass windows and several cracks. We took impressions of the unbroken glass windows created a mold and then casted the needed missing segments using two-part resin epoxy. To see more about the painting process that included: Protecting the copper frame with latex, several layers of coloring to create the faded green glass effect and glazing.

16) 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

17) Ceramic Sculpture Repair Lesson

How to: Repairing and restoring sculpture with missing parts.
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Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay

18) Broken Plaster Sculpture Repair

How to: Repairing and restoring large scale lamp.
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Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp Repairing broken plaster of paris tall lamp

Plaster Infant of Prague Statue With Missing Segements



19) 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.
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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
20) 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

21) 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

22) Removing Old Adhesive Lesson

How to: Separating cemented repaired ceramic and removing old adhesive from ceramic or pottery.
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How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china How to remove old epoxy from old pottery or china

23) Broken Stone Sculpture Repair Lesson

How to: Repairing and restoring broken stone sculpture.
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Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to Cementing and fixing broken stone sculpture lesson and how to

24) Replacing Missing Hand in a Figurine

How to: Restoring a Royal Doulton Figurine with a missing limb (hand).
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Fixing Broken Royal Doulton figurine Repairing Broken Royal Doulton figurine
25) Selecting The Right Glue

Epoxy Vs. Cyanoacrylate (Super Glue, Crazy Glue) for Ceramic / China Repair. Click picture for lesson details
2-part clear epoxy -- 5 minutes cure time Crazy (Krazy) glue
26) 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? Click picture for lesson details
Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture. Painting and Glazing Repaired Ceramic or Sculpture - lesson
27) 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? Click picture for lesson details
Cleaning stains from china and pottery Removing stains from ceramic and pottery
28) Illustrations of repairing small figurine

Restoring a small porcelain figurine that was broken to many parts and had several missing pieces.
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Repairing Broken ceramic figurine Fixing Broken ceramic figurine
29) 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
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Stone sculpture broken to many pieces before repair Sprong / soft stone sculpture repaired and restored
30) 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 NFL 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.
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Broken Japanese Imari plate Broken Japanese Imari plate
31) 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.
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Indian Hopi pottery vase by Stetson Setalla Indian Hopi pottery vase by Stetson Setalla
32) Illustrations of Ancient Method of Repairing Pottery with Staples

Ancient method of repairing pottery and ceramic vessels with metal staples or rivets before the availability of adhesives. More about modern use of pins and pegs.
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Ancient method of repairing pottery and ceramic vessels with metal staples or rivets before the availability of adhesives Ancient method of repairing pottery and ceramic vessels with metal staples or rivets before the availability of adhesives
33) Antique Figurine Repair Process

Over 100 years old badly damaged figurine. It broke to many pieces with some segments missing that required sculpting. Below are some of the steps taken.
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Over 100 years old badly damaged figurine repair process - how to Over 100 years old badly damaged figurine repair Tutorial - how to

34) Very Broken Large Bowl With Missing Segments Repaired and Finished with Kintsugi Process

35) 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.
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china marks Porcelain symbols




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