Ceramics & Sculpture
At the Master Restorer, one of our many specialties includes ceramic repair and restoration. In fact, we are the preferred restorer for the Ardmore Studios of South Africa. Ardmore is a collective of native African potters whose pieces are recognized worldwide.
Ceramic repair uses similar techniques of other restoration processes, including frames, oil painting restoration, and even sculptures. We have restored ceramic works that only had half of the original piece in tact. We are able to restore such pieces to a brand new state by using pictures of the original work.
Many of the techniques used to restore oil paintings are also used when repainting original ceramic artwork. When recreating large, missing areas of a ceramic piece, we use a technique from frames by creating a reverse mold from one side that is intact to recreate the missing side.
We strive to accomplish two key goals for every ceramic piece we work on. The first is to make the restored area stronger than the original so that the piece will never break again. The second is to assure that our work is seamless so that it is undetectable, in the present and future, that the piece was ever restored.
Conservation of sculptures is one of the most significant skills in all of art restoration. In most cases the sculpture can be made perfect again, however, the extensive mediums of sculpture can make sculpture restoration extremely difficult. Reconstruction of most sculpture is unique to each piece so special care needs to be taken with each and every item.
There are many disciplines that contribute techniques when reconstructing a sculpture, including techniques from ceramic and oil painting restoration. Color matching can be a complex feat, but the Master Restorer's attainments in other mediums contribute to perfecting his or her color matching skills.