Repairing Broken Ceramic or Pottery
Fixing Broken pottery or ceramic
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Fill in Missing Broken Ceramic With Actual Fired Pottery: Lesson 4


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Broken Ceramic Repair Lessons
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Painting pottery after repair
Restoring ceramic sculpture with missing pieces using fired clay
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Making missing part w/ fired clay
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Plaster lamp repair w/ missing parts
Restoring small porcealin figurines - shoe
Miniature Porcelain
Repairing Broken Moroccan tagin
Repair Moroccan Tagin

This tutorial / illustration was put together as an example showing how Lakeside Pottery generally fills in missing pieces using clay and fired ceramic. Terra Cotta and softer ceramic missing pieces are fired to cone 06 (1828 degree F) and porcelain, stoneware and harder clays are fired to cone 6 (2230 degree F). This method and process is the most complete and reliable way to brings a broken ceramic item with missing pieces closest to it's original states. It is also more difficult to detect the repair visually, with black light or sonar material loop detector.

In this example, this antique bowl broke to several pieces but the base of the bowl was chattered to tiny little pieces and powder, thus, requiring large sections to be filled in. To see more repair examples of a chipped bowl, chipped mug, chipped plate, chipped vase, chipped urn or a chipped jag, see our restoration examples page.

broken pottery
Broken antique pottery bowl

Missing pieces -at bowl's foot

Cement pieces and fill cracks

Smooth test surfaces (black light)

Missing pieces at the base of the bowl

Use clay and mold over missing parts

Let it dry in place

Once dried, take off

Dried clay back view

Fire in kiln

Fired missing pieces replacement

Verify fit

For better fit, segmenting is an option

Cementing with 2-part epoxy

Place on bowl

All cemented and cured

Sand for tighter fit

Fill in gaps

Ready for coloring

Color clay base color over repairs

Color white base color over repairs

Color details and apply "cold glaze"

Finished - side view

Finished - bottom view

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...


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Thank you, Patty and Morty

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