A crack or chip in a favourite mug or mixing bowl doesn’t have to spell doom for the object. Follow these easy steps to restore your pottery item and lengthen its useful life.
Select the correct slow-drying adhesive for the repair: Use polyvinyl acetate (PVA) or white glue for potteryUse a clear epoxy glue for ironstone, porcelain, and glass.
Wear clean gloves while handling the pottery item.
Dry the pottery item before using the adhesive. Place the pottery item into the oven set at 50ºC or 122ºF. Leave it for 30 minutes. Remove and work on while still warm.
Prepare the adhesive. Follow the instructions on the adhesive for any mixing or preparing required.
Remove excess glue that has oozed out of the crack or chipped area using a cotton wool ball dampened in alcohol or nail polish remover. Alternatively, use a razor blade or utility knife to scrape away any excess.
Allow the pottery item to cool and dry. It is best to leave it overnight to solidify before attempting to use for culinary, watering or other active purposes. Display items can simply be re-shelved.