Lakeside Pottery - ceramic art programs in, Stamford, Southern CT
543 Newfield Avenue, Stamford CT 06905 | 203-323-2222

Repair & Restoration - Sculptures, Statues, Figurines

antique sculpture repair - missing pieces made out of clay
Small Sculpture
Bronze statue welding repair
Bronze statue repair



Large stone statue / sculpture with broken head
Stone statue / sculpture with head broken off
Stone repair lesson

Shona Stone before rewaking
Sculpture needs rewaxing
Verdite stone sculpture after restoration
Verdite stone sculpture
Barack Obama Terracotta sculpture patinated
Sculpting missing parts
Metal culpture repair
Metal sculpture repair
How to paint broken china, ceramic or pottery?
Painting pottery after repair


Custom Sculpture Bases. Pedestals. Woodworking and Artifacts

Sculpture and statue bases: The Base Shop offer sculpture bases and pedestals. You can purchase a base from them and we can mount your selection. Where to purchase




Stone / Materials We Work With:
Verdite stone
Soapstone / steatite
Spring stone
Shona Stone
Wonderstone
Granite
Malachite stone
Limestone
Springstone
Leopard rock
Opal stone
Dolomite marble
Fruit serpentine
Marble
Alabaster
Chlorite
Plaster
Resin
Ceramic / terracotta

We offer professional stone / ceramic statuary and sculpture repair and restoration including cementing, reenforcing, welding, patching, hiding repairs, waxing and patina

About our statues and sculptures service capabilities: We repair, fix restore statues with a wide range of materials which include stone, ceramic, plaster, metal and resin. Our repair service includes broken, cracked, chipped items and sculpting / attaching replacement pieces, updating colors (including silver, gold and patina), restoring antiquing or style of statue. Metal sculpture repair - more details

Sidney Clopton Lanier broken sculpture
Sidney Clopton Lanier broken sculpture
Sidney Clopton Lanier restored sculpture
Bronze / plaster bust restored

As you may see from our Before and After example page, the range of repairs we can perform is diverse - it can be on a simple crack, chipped item or a multiple breaks and / or on items with missing pieces. Lakeside Pottery can match the ceramic material and restore the original look and feel. As an option, we have the unique capability, as ceramic artists, of taking an impression of missing pieces, reproducing them from clay or other materials and kiln firing the duplicated pieces (instead of a "cold" filler option) to insure uniformity of materials and retain the restored item's value. At times, making a Custom Made replica in our pottery studio is a more cost effective option which you may choose.

Satisfaction guaranteed: We do not ask for the balance due payment until you are 100% satisfied with the end results (we'll e-mail you high resolution pictures for review). Our repair process yields extremely strong bond of broken pieces and repair will not change colors with time. Short video illustrating and example of our work process.


Pricing: Most ceramic repairs range from $140 - $380. We require 50% payment prior to restoration commencement. Minimum charge: $95. Restoration quotations provided by Lakeside Pottery are valid for 45 days.

Note: 3% charge card payment will be added to invoice paid online.

The cost of repairing damaged ceramic, china, pottery or porcelain depends on the type and extent of the damages taking the following into our calculations:

  • Is removal of an old repair attempt required?
  • How many breaks, cracks or chips?
  • Are pieces missing? If yes, will we be required to fabricate them?
  • How large of a surface needs to be repainted?
  • How many shades of colors are required to be matched?
  • What repair type is chosen relative to your budget (see below)?
  • Does the restoration cost make financial sense?
  • Will it be better, if possible, to create a replica on commission using our Pottery Made to Order services?

Lead time: Most repairs 5-8 weeks. For shorter lead time, expediting fees may be applied


How to proceed with using our restoration services:

  • Fill out the on-line Restoration Estimate Request Form. We will reply with a cost estimate within 24 hours
  • If you decide to proceed, pack the item and mail it to us to the address below - see Shipping Instructions
  • We require half of projected cost up-front which can be included in the package (check) or Pay On-line
  • Once item is restored, we'll e-mail you high resolution pictures for your approval
  • We'll email you an invoice for the balance due - can be paid online or by check
  • When balance is paid, we'll ship the item back to you following your shipping and insurance instructions

Restoration Projects Shipping Address:
Lakeside Pottery Restoration Lab
100 Thornwood Road
Stamford, CT 06903
Phone: 203-323-2222
email us

We ship anywhere within the USA and Canada

Restoration Projects Drop-off Address:
Lakeside Pottery Studio
543 Newfield Avenue
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 203-323-2222
email us


Restoration Customer Comment and Reviews
Customer experience with Lakeside Pottery's restoration services

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Morty and Lakeside Pottery are miracle workers. Our prized raku sculpture, affectionately referred to as "Olga", was accidentally destroyed by our moving company. My wife and I were heartbroken because she was our most prized piece of art work. We assumed that Olga was beyond repair. However, with extreme care, diligence and professionalism Morty was able to restore Olga, perfectly. You would never know she had been damaged. Before he commenced the repair work, Morty walked us through the procedure he intended to employ. He sent us detailed photos pin-pointing each of the areas of actual damage and areas of potential damage that we might wish to address since we had the opportunity to reach the interior of the sculpture while Morty was making the many repairs. As the work progressed, he invited us to visit the studio and explained the process to date and steps towards completion in intricate, fascinating detail. Upon completion, he packed Olga in a very safe, professional manner (too bad the movers hadn't taken these precautions). A couple of hours after Olga was picked up for delivery to the house, Morty called to make sure we were happy with the new Olga and that the placement of her in our home was a success. We couldn't ask for a more professional, personal or educational experience. Without hesitation, we highly recommend Lakeside. We hope never again to be in a position to utilize Lakeside's services, but if any of our art work were damaged, there is no question that we would run back to Morty. Gary


Carol (Legacy Gallery), my husband and I were in your gallery back in March inquiring about finding someone who might be able to repair our alabaster statue. You said you would contact one of your gallery artist's to see if that person could help us with the repairs. When that individual said he would not be able to accommodate our request, you were so kind about searching for another place that might be able to help us restore our piece of art. You referred us to Lakeside Pottery in Stamford, Ct.

Our experience with them has been so awesome that I felt compelled to let you know that this resource is beyond amazing. They responded immediately to our email request about their services. They provided an estimate for the repairs based on pictures we sent, advised us on how to safely pack and ship our statue and called us to let us know once our statue had arrived at their shop. They kept us up to date on the progress of the repairs and sent us pictures of the final repair job prior to asking for final payment. We just received our statue back today and we are in total shock as you can't tell our statue was ever damaged. I don't know how they do their repairs but these two people are true experts in their profession. I admit I was very suspect that anyone would be able to restore our statue to its original condition. However, I read all the reviews from previous customers of Lakeside Pottery. Everyone seemed quite satisfied with their

services. The before and after pictures were quite impressive. I sure hope they took pictures of our statue because the repair job was exceptional.

I take the time to send you these details as if you have any situations in the future like ours, please refer your customers to Lakeside Pottery. I wish I could meet these people in person because they have talents like no two people we have ever met. For your review, I have attached the picture I sent you of the damage to our statue and a second photo after Lakeside Pottery's restoration. TRULY AMAZING!

Thank you again for your referral. We are very fortunate you sent us to Lakeside Pottery!

Sincerely, Terry


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


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.


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


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."

African terra cotta large statue broken to many pieces Large african boy statue repaired
Terra Cotta antique statue before and after restoration

Madonna and child plaster statue broken
Madonna and child 24" plaster statue broken (above) and restored (right)
Plaster statue "sedes-sapientiae" madonna nad child - restored  24"

Stone sculpture repair using pins and pegs for mechanical integrity
Stone African sculpture repair process - see process

Broken / missing arm bronze / resin statue
Bronze / Resin statue
with missing arm
Statue repaired
Statue Restored
Broken sculpted portrait Bust portrait sculpture repaired
Clay bust portrait -before and after repair

Religious statue broken to several pieces Raku ceramic statue restored
Religious ceramic statue before and after repair

Minton China Statue repair in process - adding missing piece
Minton China Porcelain Sculptured Repaired


Raku woman figure sculpture broken to pieces
Woman sculpture, Raku, broken in shipment

Rakue sculpture in mid reapir process
Sculpture in mid repair process

woman sculpture- - ceramic raku all restored
Sculpture restored - customer comments

Broken Colorado Alabaster Navaho sculpture by Alvin Marchall
Broken Colorado Alabaster Navaho sculpture by Alvin Marchall

Restored Colorado Alabaster Sculpture
Restored Colorado Alabaster Sculpture


Broken antique chines figurine
chinese figurine repaired and restored
Chinese resin sculpture before and after repair




The Restoration Team:

Morty in the studio - restoring Albero Spinetti's sculpture
Morty Bachar - Restorer, ceramic artist , instructor and an engineer


Patty Storms - Ceramic artist, sculptor, instructor, restorer and a painter


Jon-Puzzuoli - Restorer, ceramic artist & instructor


Mike Coviello - Restorer and model builder


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