Send me an E-mail
(Please, no questions
 about value.)

Instructions for sending photographs of your pieces with your question.

What American glass company produced more art glass than any other?

Mount Washington Glass
Boston & Sandwich Glass Co.
The New England Glass Co.
                     To see the answer

The Legend of Bohemian Glass:
A Thousand Years of Glassmaking in the Heart of Europe

by Antonin Langhamer

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the history and traditions of Czech art glass. Divided into 12 chapters, the book details the evolution and development of glassmaking as an art form from the earliest times, when the first glass beads appeared in central Europe, to the present.
More Books


The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany

This video introduces the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, highlighting the expansive range of artistic objects created during his career. It also showcases Tiffany Studios' Favrile glass and provides an historical look at the life of Tiffany.

Click on the title to view.

And look for other videos in selected articles.

Have Bob speak
 on antiques to your group or organization.

More Information

Can't find what
 you're looking for?

Go to our Sitemap

Find out what's coming in the
2022 Fall Edition

of the



Share pages of this ezine with your friends using the buttons provided with each article.

Download our
Decorative Periods and Styles Chart

Read our newest glossary:

Antique Furniture Terminology
 from A to Z

courtesy of AntiquesWorldUK

Videos have
come to

The Antiques

Expand your antiques experience.

Look for videos
in various

Just click on the
arrow to play.

Featured Antique

Bohemian Tango Cordial Set

Basic Pottery Repair
by Bob Brooke


Pottery has been an important part of everyday life for centuries. Early man found that certain types of clay, when heated and prepared properly, could be formed into durable and useful objects and figurines. From common utility and cooking pots to vases to one-of-a-kind figurines and such, pottery has remained at the forefront of every major household throughout the world. Whether itís a priceless antique or a sentimental heirloom, most families have at least one piece they treasure.

But all pottery has one consistent flawóit breaks. If a piece breaks in say two or three pieces, itís not the end of the world. However, if it shatters, it might as well be.

And just as pottery breaks, it can be repaired. If itís a simple break, it most likely can be glued back together as a do-it-yourself project. However, if it shatters, itís best to seek out the service of a professional pottery restorer.

As pottery ages, its monetary and sentimental value increases. Unfortunately, so does the number and types of cracks and chips that may appear. This invariably creates small cracks or chips in the surface that may affect not only the aesthetic appeal, but the overall value of the piece. Fortunately, most pottery can be repaired with a little tender loving care.

Basic Pottery Repair
Basic pottery repair involves gluing the broken pieces back together. Unfortunately, most people use the wrong type of glue and donít take the necessary care to do it right.

If a piece is newly broken, then the pieces donít require any preparation. However, if the piece has broken before and was repaired, the pieces must be cleaned of all previous glue.

Pottery is porous and as such soaks up any glue used to hold it together. Before starting, remove any old glue, clean thoroughly, and remove all loose particles. Before starting the repair, make sure parts are thoroughly dry. Cover working area with sheets of paper to avoid damage to the surface being worked on.

Basically, there are two types of glue that can be used to repair pottery. For one or two simple breaks on porous earthenware that wonít be getting wet, Elmerís Glue is fine. Put a small amount on the full length of one side of the broken piece. Place it against the edge of the pot from which it broke. Using a slight but even pressure, gently rub the pieces back and forth until they form a tight fit. Very gently wipe off the excess glue on both the inside and outside of the pot with a damp paper towel, then use a small piece of removable blue painterís tape to hold the piece to the pot while the glue sets. Make sure to glue only one piece at a time. Patience is the key here.

Once the glue has set on the first piece, gently fit the remaining ones together without glue to make sure that there are no gaps. Then proceed with the second piece. Once the first one is set, itís usually easier to glue one or two pieces in the next step.

Advanced Pottery Repair
For pieces that will be getting wet with use or will be used outdoors, a two-part clear epoxy is a quick dry glue that works well. Unfortunately, it does dry in about three minutes, so thereís little time to apply and adjust the pieces. "Dry run" the order of cementing the pieces to determine the order of gluing them together.

Epoxy comes in two tubesóone of the glue and one of the setting agent. Mix equal parts of the epoxy togetheróonly enough for one or two pieces. Once the pieces are together, the glue will set very quickly, so itís possible to glue one or two pieces at a time.

For large planters or earthenware pots used for plants outdoors, clear Gorilla Glue is a good solution. This glue is very strong and waterproof. The difference with this glue compared to other glues is that the surface of the receiving edge must be wet first. A very small amount of glue is then applied to the edge of the broken piece. Itís important not to put more than a very small amount on the edge of the broken piece as the glue expands as it sets. Be sure to wipe any excess from the glued joint and tape it together with the blue painterís tape.

Using an Antique Pottery Restorer
For antique pottery thatís especially valuable, itís a good idea to use the service of an antique pottery restoration expert. While the service wonít be cheap, itís worth it in the long run to maintain the antique value of the piece.

< Back to Caring for Your Collections Archives             Next Article >      

Antiques Q&A

Antiques and More on

The Antiques Almanac on Facebook

No antiques or collectibles
are sold on this site.

How to Recognize and Refinish Antiques for Pleasure and Profit

Book: How to Recognizing and Refinishing Antiques for Pleasure and Profit
Have you ever bought an antique or collectible that was less than perfect and needed some TLC? Bob's new book offers tips and step-by- step instructions for simple maintenance and restoration of common antiques.

Read an Excerpt

Auction News
Get up to the minute news of antiques auctions around the country and the world.

Also see
The Auction Directory

Antiques News
Read breaking news stories from the world of antiques and collectibles.

Art Exhibitions
Search for art exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.

Home | About This Site | Antiques | Collectibles | Antique Tips | Book Shop | Antique Trivia | Antique Spotlight | Antiques News  Special Features | Caring for Your Collections | Collecting | Readers Ask | Antiques Glossaries | Resources | Contact
Copyright ©2007-2019 by Bob Brooke Communications
Site design and development by BBC Web Services