Repairing Broken Ceramic or Pottery

Fixing Broken pottery or ceramic
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Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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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 gold
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
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
Sculpting missing pieces
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 Tagin


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Lakeside Pottery is "A" rated and named by Angie's List "In top three ceramic and sculpture restoration studios"

About our ceramic and sculpture repair service: We restore Pottery, Ceramic, Statues, China, Porcelain, Dolls, Stone and Metal Sculptures. The range of repairs we can perform is diverse - it can be a simple crack or multiple breaks and / or missing pieces. Lakeside Pottery can match the ceramic material and restore the original look and feel.


If you choose to do it yourself, below is a basic lesson / tutorial on how to fix / mend broken pottery. This tutorial will assist you in repairing your broken ceramic object using available materials and tools saving you the cost of professional repair. If you decide to use our repair services, we will be glad to provide you with an estimate for the repair. On-line Repair Estimate


LESSON 1: How to Fix Broken Pottery, Ceramic or Glass
To see a repair process of a broken pot with missing pieces, antiquing & color restoration, go to: Lesson 2

We are often asked if we can refire a broken pot or a statue and make it "perfect" again. A potter simply cannot refire a pot and make it whole again. The only thing that will fix pottery is epoxy glue. With modern adhesives, it's possible to make nearly invisible repairs to damaged ceramic and glass items.

What you will need:
1. Adhesive - two-part clear epoxy glue / adhesive
2. Wooden stick or a pin-tool for applying adhesive
3. Modeling clay
3. Razor blade
4. Gloves


broken pottery
Broken Pottery
epoxy glue to repair broken ceramic
Two part clear epoxy glue
mixing 2 parts clear epoxy glue
Squeeze resin & epoxy evenly
slow cure 2 part epoxy
Place cover back tightly
Mixing epoxy glue
Mix the two parts epoxy well
applying epoxy glue to ceramic
Apply adhesive to one side
fixing broken pottery
Align pieces & push together
using clay for broken pottery
Use clay for support
Use clay or clamps to hold together
Use clay to hold pieces
Plate all glued and ready for paint touchup
Wait 24 hrs before handling
cleaning epoxy glue
Remove glue - see note
Painting broken china, pottery or ceramic tutorial
Coloring process
Painting tutorial

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...


Choose your adhesive. Specific kinds of adhesives are generally used to mend ceramics and glass. We recommend clear, slow- setting two-part epoxy. There are cases where a quick set epoxy will work better (which we use in most cases). In order to choose the correct adhesive for a ceramic repair, you must first identify the type of ceramic involved. Because an exact fit is essential in repairing ceramics and glass, you must adjust the pieces precisely before the glue sets. Five-minute epoxies and instant glues might cure too fast and are not recommended if you need longer time to match and adjust a precise fit. We use different adhesives for different applications. For the purpose of this tutorial, we recommend more commercially available brands that are listed in our Where to Purchase Ceramic Repair kit and materials page.

Prepare the surface. The most important step in repairing a broken glass or ceramic item is to make sure the pieces are clean. If the item has been fixed before, undo the old repair (see how to remove old adhesive lesson), or the new adhesive may not bond. Before handling the pieces, you may want to put on clean gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges. Clean the pieces with a mixture of mild dishwashing liquid and warm water; gently loosen dirt with a plastic scrubbing pad. Rinse the pieces and let them dry completely. If stains persist, use Goof Off heavy duty spot remover or Acetone.

Applying the adhesive. Use a wooden stick, paper clip or a pin tool and apply glue to only one of the broken edges. Use only enough adhesive to cover the edge. Too little will leave gaps, resulting in a weak repair; too much will make it difficult to achieve a tight joint. Warming up the repair ceramic to 110-140 degrees F will thin the epoxy (better fit) but will result in faster cure time. Quickly join the pieces together while applying light pressure squeezing extra glue out. Use modeling clay as illustrated below to hold the pieces together. If clay is not available, you can fill a container with rice or beans which will hold the repaired piece in place while it dries. Avoid shifting the pieces; small particles may come loose, ruining the repair. Any glue that oozes from the joint can be removed later using a razor blade. Use tweezers to apply small pieces.

Fixing an item with multiple breaks. If you have a piece of pottery, ceramic or porcelain that is broken into more than two pieces, plan the sequence in which you will attach each piece to avoid being left with a final piece that cannot be easily attached. Numbering the pieces after a dry-run is important and will assist in the actual implementation. Let each joint cure before repairing the next one.

Filling in for missing pieces. We use different products and the choices are too numerous to list here. We'll mention a couple that are more commercially available: Magic Sculpt or C-11, Epoxy Putty. The key elements with fillers are A) Exceptional adhesion B) Will not shrink while curing B) Workable - can be drilled and sanded C) Paintable D) Water / oil proof, E) Will tolerate wide temperature range without shrinking or expanding: See Lesson 2 for more details.

Painting / color touch up: If the glued seam shows or the filler is visible and this is not acceptable to you, color touch up is required and is not covered here due to numerous possibilities and the complexity of it. We use high end acrylic paints or coloring pigments powders and colored hardeners mixed with proper additives to create strength and the right light reflection to emulate the broken item's glaze affect as close as possible - see link for painitng tutorial. Note that this is the most difficult part to master and it is very time consuming especially when repairing objects with multiple colors. See Lesson 2 for more comlex repair.

Note: If the broken item's surface can be damaged from scraping off the glue with razor blade (e.g., soft ceramic), you can paint Latex** over the surface before applying epoxy leaving only the broken area exposed. Excess epoxy will therefore dry over the latex. Make sure you wait a few hours for the Latex to dry before gluing with epoxy. Once the epoxy is cured, the Latex can be peeled off.

** Latex : An emulsion of rubber or plastic material with water. Used in ceramics as a resist material in applying glazes.

Warning: Glues, epoxies and adhesives have all sorts of toxic materials that can leach into food especially when there is salt and acid in the food. Unfortunately, once ceramic or any vessel that holds food is glued, it is not food safe.


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Ceramic Restoration Customer Comments & Reviews
Customer experience with Lakeside Pottery's china repair services
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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


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


Patty and Morty: Thank you so very much! This looks wonderful! I can't wait to show my wife how well this turned out. it is a big relief. Thank you again! -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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

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."


Your input is greatly appreciated and will help in creating improved pottery tips.

Thank you, Patty and Morty

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