CERAMICS RESTORATION

Our lab is especially dedicated to the conservation of objects made of ceramic or glass, including terra-cotta, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, and enamel. In our studio we practice treatments which alleviate all types of deterioration caused by environmental factors, mishandling, previous improper restorations or changes in chemical components of the objects.

We perform treatments including different types of cleaning; reduction of surface dirt, grime, accretions, or stains; removal/reduction of non-original coatings or restorations; consolidation, desalination as well as structural treatments including removal of deteriorated previous structural repairs, structural fills, joining, etc. Considering the level of aesthetic reintegration is an important final step in any ceramic treatment. Reintegration can include creation of fills to compensate losses, inpainting of such fills, and finishing of the surface. Matching restorations to better integrate them with the surrounding pieces can involve the toning, texturizing, and painting of such fills. Treatments often aim to improve the viewer’s interpretation of an object. Reintegration should, however, be carried out to the minimum degree needed, with sufficient evidence to support the restorations. As with all conservation treatments, aesthetic reintegration should be fully documented, particularly so that original materials may be distinguished from the restorations. All materials used at our studio in the process of ceramics conservation are as durable, but also as reversible as possible. Below, you will find selected examples of our ceramics conservation projects.

Our Work

Etruscan Pottery - Thin-walled Bucchero - 7th century BC

On left: Before conservation.

On right: After conservation.

Shattered ceramics before restoration
Etruscan ceramics after conservation

Etruscan Pottery - Impasto kyathos - 7th century BC

1st Row: Before conservation.

2nd Row: After conservation.

Shattered Etruscan ceramics before conservation
Glued Etruscan ceramics during restoration
Top view of Etruscan ceramics after conservation
Full view of Etruscan pottery after restoration

Etruscan Pottery - Impasto kyathos - 7th century BC

1st Row: Before conservation.

2nd Row: After conservation.

Cracked Etruscan pottery before restoration
Cracked Etruscan pottery during conservation

Apulian Pottery - Red owl skyphos - 5th century BC

On left: Before conservation.

In middle and right: After conservation.

ceramics before restoration and missing handle
ceramics after restoration with handle resculpted
side view of ceramics after conservation

Majolica Vase

1st Row: Before conservation.

2nd Row: After conservation.

Vase after restoration
Vase after conservation

Daunian Pottery - 5th century BC

1st Row: Before conservation.

2nd Row: After conservation.

Cracked Daunian pottery before restoration
Filled Daunian pottery during conservation
Daunian pottery after restoration
Professional photograph for galleries of Daunian pottery after conservation

Etruscan Pottery - 6th century BC

1st Row and 2nd row: Before and during conservation.

3rd Row: After conservation.

Shattered Etruscan pottery before restoration
Reassembled Etruscan pottery during conservation
Reassembled Etruscan pottery during restoration
Etruscan pottery during conservation with new sculpted handles
Etruscan pottery after restoration
Side view of Etruscan pottery after conservation

Etruscan Pottery - Thin-walled Bucchero - 7th century BC

On left: Before conservation.

On right: After conservation.

Etruscan ceramics after restoration
Etruscan ceramics after conservation

Duanian Pottery - Kyathos - 5th century BC

On left: Before conservation.

In middle and right: After conservation.

Daunian Pottery - Kyathos - 5th century BC

On left: Before conservation.

On right: After conservation.

Broken Daunian ceramics before restoration
Daunian ceramics after conservation