Lakeside Pottery is a ceramic, sculpting and repair / restoration studio.
Below is a basic lesson / tutorial on how to fix / mend broken pottery if you choose to do it yourself. This tutorial may assist you to repair your broken ceramic object using commonly available materials and tools saving you the cost of repair. If you decide to use our restoration services, we will be glad to provide you with an estimate for the repair.
LESSON 1: How to Fix Broken Pottery, Ceramic or Glass
(To see a repair process of a broken pot with missing pieces, antiquing and 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
2. Wooden stick or a pin-tool for applying adhesive
3. Modeling clay
3. Razor blade
Step 1: Choose your adhesive
Before starting, make sure your item is clean - see some cleaning instructions here.
Specific kinds of adhesives are generally used to mend ceramics and glass. We recommend clear, 5 minutes - setting two-part epoxy. There are cases where a slow set epoxy will work better. 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 dry too fast and are not recommended if you need longer time to match and adjust 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 Materials page.