Repairs/Restoration

Pottery and Art Conservation, Restoration and Repair..

 My studio dose not have opening times so please email first with your enquiry to arrange a visit or for the address for posting.

Ceramics, Pottery, Art Works, Paintings, China, Figurines, Porcelain, Art pottery, Restoration and Conservation –  studio based in North Tyneside, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, U.K.

I offer a full service in repairing, restoring and conservation for broken, missing pieces, damaged or items showing wear and tear. Items can be Fired Clay, China, Porcelain, Sculpture, Tiles, Architectural features, Studio Pottery, Leach, Cardew, Lucie Rie, etc., Antiques, Parian Ware, Garden Urns, Objects of Art, Ornaments, Lamps and lights, Meissen, Roman, Medieval, etc. The items can be made from single or a combination of materials including Wood, Terracotta, China, Metal, Stone, Plaster, Marble, Synthetics.  Also Paintings and Works of Art, etc.

My types of repair:

Museum Repair – This is where an item is carefully consolidated and repaired but no attempt is made to hide the repair, an example is the ancient  items you see in museums where missing areas that have been repaired and filled can be clearly seen, as they like to show in museum displays the old and the “new” repaired areas.

Tidy Repair – or honest repair, this is a good quality repair , and the repaired areas are blended to the original as much as possible, but the finished repair is not invisible. I work normally  to the ‘tidy standard’ repair and conservation, that means the item will be consolidated for to display however the repair will  be  visible in most cases  i.e. the lines of the joins and replaced parts and the colour matching.  However depending on the object’s material and colour/texture a ‘close to invisible’ repair is occasionally  possible, I can advise you if it will be or not, email photos to me, or bring the item into my studio by arrangement for assessment. On the whole repairs to white/plain light coloured pottery/porcelain the join lines will be visible, and on heavily patterned items much less so.

Including- The Ancient Japanese Art of Kintsugi (Japanese Gold Repair)

Please note most restored items are only suitable for display, hot liquids, water, high temperatures, and direct sunlight could damage the restoration work, I will advise on aftercare of the restored item.

Please supply/email photos of damage if you can, so I can process your enquiry as quickly as possible.

Items can be posted to me, box and pack them well and send by ‘Tracked Post’.  Or by arrangement pieces can be brought directly into my studio in North Tyneside. Also some projects/restorations can be carried out on-site.

Please Note – If posting to me I will return the item by ‘signed for’ special delivery and usually in a larger box, so the return postage cost will probably be more than the cost of sending it to me.

For enquiries and estimates, please email and send photos of the item.

  The cost is based on the time taken to repair, so how many pieces the item is in, how large the item is, weather any pieces are missing and need to be remade/modelled/filled and coloured to match in, and if any old glue or repairs have to be removed and cleaned up first. Please note if the item is in too many pieces my type of repair may not be possible, but I will be able to tell from the photos you send.

I can also undertake restoration/cleaning work on Paintings, Furniture, Sculptures and other Art works.

 

Pictures of a recent  project to restore a broken classical garden Urn in Knightsbridge, London.

Broken Classical Garden Urn

Restored Classical Urn

 

The 11th century Chinese Jun dish (see the story on this one)

Sung Dynasty Jun Dish

 

Restored Lucie Rie vase

 

Some more examples of restored pieces below :- click on the thumbnails.