Frequently Asked Questions:
What can be restored?
Virtually all types of clay bodies/glazes can be restored to look almost exactly as they did before being damaged . Even objects that have been previously repaired (or poorly glued together) can be restored. Missing pieces are recreated and color and texture are expertly matched.
Types of Ceramic: Low and high-fire stoneware, terracotta, porcelain, china, chalkware, plaster, various composite materials and resins, and more.
Types of Glazes: Underglazed, majolica, salt fired, smoke fired, slip-decorated, sgraffito, enameled glaze, raku fired and many others.
Manufacturers: Delft, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Herend, Hummel, Lladro, Capadimonte, Meissen, Roseville, Dresden and many, many more.
Art pottery: Beatrice Wood, Peter Volkous, Dora DeLarios, Mata Ortiz, Harding Black, Paul Soldner, Kenneth Starbird, Sergio Bustamante, San Jose Pottery tiles and wares, and more.
What happens in the restoration process?
Objects are restored through a "cold" restoration process, meaning that while the repairs are made to look nearly identical to the original ceramic, most repairs are reversible and objects are not re-fired. This is standard practice and is the best option for the conservation and integrity of the piece to be restored.
Can I use an item after it's been restored?
While the surface of restored items can be relatively durable, restored items are not meant frequent use. Once your item has been restored consider it to be a display piece. Restorations are cosmetic and best suited for objects that will not be used for food/drinks. If you have functional items that are damaged (especially those that are used frequently like dinner plates or coffee cups) if they have manufacturing information on the bottom (like a makers mark or pattern name) it is recommended that you check Ebay or Replacements.com for a replacement before contacting us about restoration.
How long does it take?
Current turn around time for restorations is approximately over 12 weeks. Rush jobs can sometimes be done for an additional charge.
How much does it cost?
Restoration prices are estimated on a case by case basis. Every object is unique and must be evaluated individually. There is a $100 minimum on all restorations.
Generalized costs for restoration:
- 1/8-3/4 inch chips: starting at $100
- Hairline cracks: starting at $150
- Missing pieces: starting at $150
- Broken in 2 or more pieces: starting at $200