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Pottery And Ceramic Repair And Restoration

 Resources, services, articles, workshops, classes, books on pottery and ceramic repair and restoration. 

Website: http://www.lakesidepottery.com/
Location: Stamford, CT
Members: 31
Latest Activity: Jul 18, 2016

Meet The Moderators: Morty Bachar And Patty Storms

Morty Bachar - Restorer, ceramic artist, instructor and an engineer

Morty Bachar is a proprietor of Lakeside Pottery Ceramic School, studio and restoration lab. After leaving the corporate job, he pursued his passion for art and pottery and is now an accomplished ceramic artist restorer and ceramic art instructor for over a decade. His work is exhibited and sold in shows. He instructs beginner and advanced pottery and ceramic art students, designs and creates custom commission pottery work and manages the ceramic repair and restoration lab offered to individuals and collectors. Morty trains teachers and advises in studio design, equipment and material selection and use.


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

Patty Storms, proprietor of Lakeside Pottery, is a painter, ceramic artist and a sculptor. After graduating from Wesleyan University she worked at both Christie's and LIGHT Gallery in New York City in the field of 19th and 20th century photography. She teaches the potters wheel and handbuilding / sculpting in both children and adult classes. She design and create custom commission pottery work for individuals and collectors. She manages open studio, conducts workshops, trains teachers in ceramic techniques and participates in high-end restoration activities where detailed painting is required.

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What to do when fine ceramics get broken

Collect as many pieces as you can find, check for chips or fragments that may be missing. Be careful where you step to avoid making small pieces even smaller. Go on your hands and knees and with a…Continue

Started by Lakeside Pottery Restoration Dec 16, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Sammons on November 27, 2013 at 5:56pm

Vicki, I truly didn't join this group to solicit business, but truly to be associated with people who enjoy pottery as well as folks who are willing to pass along some advice.  I live in southwest Virginia and do my work in a small workshop behind my house.  I do have heating & air conditioning in my workshop, but ventilation is my main issue during this time of year when it is cold outside.  I work on items when the weather is above 45 degrees.  I currently have items backed up about a month-weather permitting. 

There are some patterns of Roseville which have numerous raised designs which are very labor intensive to repair and the more colors that I have to mix, the more expensive it is to repair.  I would need to see pictures of this piece (without the tape hopefully) to determine whether I would want to do this repair or whether it would be worth your investment.  Please send pictures to my email:  hijumpjoe@aol.com

I too went to an auction last weekend and was able to buy 16 pieces of Roseville as well as some McCoy and Weller-I spent a total of $160!  I was a happy camper!

Comment by vicki hufstetler on November 27, 2013 at 4:49pm

Well Joe, you just answered my question - LOL!

I have a green Roseville Jardiniere and stand, that I got at an auction. I would love to use it in my house, the bowl is perfect, but the stand - well - UGG, It's base is duck taped together! Where are you located, and how busy are ya?

I'll post a couple of my pieces. I love Roseville to!

Zepher Lily - one of my fav's!

"Frezia" I think.

A small "Mostique" or "Mystique" can't remember - lol

Happy Thanksgiving!

Comment by Joe Sammons on November 27, 2013 at 9:54am

Hello, I am new to this group and look forward to getting this forum active again.  A bit about me and a few thoughts to follow.

About 25 years ago, my wife started going to yard & estate sales to find items for a small booth her and her mom shared at a local antique mall.  She brought home a large Roseville Futura Jardiniere which had numerous chips on the rim and base.  Ebay had just started and she looked the piece up and asked me to list it for her.  I started by looking up how other pieces of Roseville was listed.  As I was going through the listings, I began to really like the pieces I saw and was hooked.  Over the next several years, I purchased several pieces, but could only afford the pieces with chips or some damage due to raising two sons. 

Later on, someone told me that they wish someone around our area could repair these pieces.  I enjoy fixing things, so I thought I would give it a shot.  I found it extremely difficult to get ideas and advice as this is somewhat of a "secret" art.  I did purchase some software from a company which helped some, but most of my knowledge was learned by trial and error.  I would estimate that I have repaired at least 1000 pieces now.  I have numerous people bringing stuff to me and I have to turn down a lot of work.  I don't want this to be a business, just a hobby and I really focus on people who want that family heirloom brought back to life instead of the dealers who want to make a profit off of the piece (I have no problem with that by the way).

I have numerous pieces in my collection which have some damage.  I don't understand why people always focus on mint pieces unless they are looking at it for strickly as an investment.  I would rather have some of the rare stuff to display and enjoy as opposed to not having them due to expense.

Thanks and enjoy the holidays!

Comment by Kyle :-D on August 22, 2013 at 12:32pm

Hello everyone. I wanted to post something I seen just the other day that I did not know. I did not write this and will post the link at the bottom.

As a seller of pottery and porcelain pieces, I have found a couple of great ways to reduce or even eliminate the awful staining one can find on older pieces.  These stains are due to seepage through teeny, sometimes invisible (to the naked eye) cracks, called crazing, in the glaze.   First:  DON'T put these in a chlorine bleach.  This may alleviate the problem, but it is also damaging to the piece.   Here's the first (easiest) way:   Go to the store and get some regular oxygen bleach; the kind you use for laundry (OXY, etc.).   All you need to do is mix the powder (in hot water) or just use the liquid kind, and soak your stained piece in this for several hours.  Sometimes, this is not even necessary; you may see results much more quickly than that.   This method is good for mildly stained pieces, i.e. coffee stains in an old cup.  Here's the more involved (BUT effective!) method:   Go to a beauty supply store and buy the Hydrogen peroxide bleach, 8%, the type that is used to bleach hair.   Take the piece and soak it in this, completely submerged overnight.   Then, take the piece out of the peroxide (don't dry it) and place it in your oven set to 200 degrees (or on the WARM setting).  Let the oven rise to 200 degrees with the pottery piece in it.  DO NOT preheat the oven, as the sudden temperature change could aggravate the crazing.   Leave it in for an hour and then wash it.  You should see that most of the staining seeped out with the peroxide when it evaporated during heating.    AGAIN!  DO NOT take the heated plate out and place it directly in cold water.  You may transfer it  to hot water for washing or allow it to cool before washing it.   This has, in my experience, totally eliminated or greatly reduced this staining.   Good luck!


Comment by Lakeside Pottery Restoration on December 18, 2012 at 10:07am

Hi Marlene, 

Thank you for joining the group and the very interesting topics you brought up. 

There are several senses and techniques at work when searching for a repair done on ceramic or stone objects.  We use  methods 1 to 3 below.


1)      Touch: a) The smallest surface textures change can be felt if trained to feel it b) The smallest temperature transfer from the object to the fingers’ tips can be also felt.  Fired glaze and cold glaze / fillers have different temperature transfer attributes and therefore can be felt.

2)       Sound: Tapping on a plate for example will generate different sounds if the plate was never broken compared to a broken plate that was repaired.  This applies to larger breaks.

3)      Visual: a) the smallest surface continuity change will reflect light differently if inspecting the object in many angles in direct light. High wattage spot light or sun light works the best if you do not have Black light.  Black or UV light will highlight these surface changes clearer.  b) Visually inspecting the color and design details looking for color and brush strokes differences, airbrush tapering, etc.

4)      Surface resistance: “Cold glazes” will scratch and fired glazes will not. If desperate, use a pin and run it across the surfaces.  The problem with this method is that if you do find a repair, you damaged it with a scratch.

5)      Chemicals:  All “cold glazes” will get “sticky” when Acetone, for example, is rubbed on.   Again, the problem here is that when you do find a repair, it will be damaged.

 As restoration technology advances, it is harder to detect repairs and some dealers or collectors may not be able to detect it.  We decided that morally, working with resellers may enable them to mislead the buyers.   Therefore, the only dealers we work with are local and proven to state in the items tag “Repaired” or “Restored”.

 In regards to using “nails stuff” note that proper restoration takes into account repair longevity.   Nail art materials do not take into account what the materials used will look like years or generations later: Yellowing or fading with time, becoming more brittle with time, expansion and reduction with temperature and humidity changes (yielding cracks and becoming more fragile), interaction with the environment, strength, etc.  We see items as such regularly having to be redone.

Comment by vicki hufstetler on December 17, 2012 at 6:35pm

Thank you for the invite - in all the years I've been both collecting and selling I've only managed to find two qualified repair places and one is in Canada!

Looking forward to finding more resources and sharing!

Comment by OutOfTheAttic2u on December 16, 2012 at 7:04pm

Oh this is great, looking forward for some good ideas on restoration :)

Comment by Lakeside Pottery Restoration on December 16, 2012 at 7:00pm

Hello and thank you for your welcome

Comment by BrokenArts on December 16, 2012 at 6:35pm

Just saying hello, private conservator for almost 24 years, this should be interesting. 

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on December 16, 2012 at 6:09pm

Welcome aboard Lakeside Pottery as our moderator;  this is going to be a terrifc group for Pottery and Ceramic repair resources! 



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