It’s always fantastic to see before and after photographs for the ceramic restorations we complete. Each project is unique, and the repairs we carry out still amaze us when it’s impossible to see where the object was ever damaged.

The fragile nature of ceramics means they can be easily damaged by accident. Even when they do not break, cracks can still be very apparent and show on any ceramic object regardless of their colour or decoration.

The results we achieve are completely seamless – just take a look for yourself below at the before and after photographs of some recent projects we’ve compiled, and how these items were restored.

Flowered Bowl

Broken China Repair - Before

Broken China Repair - After

Studio Bowl

Ceramic Repair - Before

Ceramic Repair - After

Clay Elephant – (You can read more about this restoration in our case study)

Elephant Sculpture Repair - Before

Elephant Sculpture Repair - After

Vintage Ashtray – (Read more about this restoration in our case study)

Vintage Ashtray Repair - Before

Vintage Ashtray Repair - After


Figurine Repair - Before & After

Clay Tablet – (You can read more about this restoration in our case study)

Fine Art Ceramics Repair - Before

Fine Art Ceramics Repair - After


Ceramic Plate Repair - Before & After

How were these ceramics restored?

For each ceramic item we receive into the studio, we complete an in-depth assessment of its current condition and what is required.

Ceramics are first cleaned thoroughly to remove any contaminants and ensure no dirt is trapped in the joins. For items that are hollow, it is really important to complete this clean so that there is nothing trapped inside when broken parts are reattached.

One key thing we ask clients before we receive ceramics is whether they have all of the pieces or if any will need to be remoulded. If they still have the pieces, they can be carefully re-adhered back onto the item. Otherwise, they can be successfully remoulded and then reattached.

Once stabilised, minor retouching is often required for lost detailing and on any joins to make the repair as seamless as possible. Colour matching is carefully considered and then in-painted for a discreet and uniform finish.

If you would like to know more about this process in full, read our helpful article: The Ceramic Restoration Process.

Dog statue

China Dog Restoration - Before

China Dog Restoration - After

Rabbit statue

China Rabbit Restoration - Before

China Rabbit Restoration - After

For further insight into the restoration of ceramics, you can read our advice on how to deal with a breakage, learn more about the ceramic restoration process, or contact us if you would like our recommendations and a quote for your own items.