Ceramic Restoration

Invisible repairs for broken ceramics

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Why did I become a restorer.

I am Dutch from origin and lived for 12 years in Amsterdam.
When I was young  I often use to find clay pipe bowls and started to collect them. Later when this was all forgotten, in Amsterdam I saw a
building pit with lots of shards, clay pipe bits and lots more. The interest returned to me and when ever possible went digging in old waste layers.
It wasn't archeology but more like treasure hunting and very exiting. Dutch delft tiles, old bottles, pots, etc etc. But most of it broken!
I even was on the Antiques Roadshow  in Bristol with a very old Dutch Majolica plate I dug up in Amsterdam in pieces. A restorer in Holland repaired it for me.
Impressed with his work and always trying to put things together myself  I decided to learn the trade myself when I moved and lived in the UK.

Where did I learn it?

At Urchfont Manor, Devices, a beatifull and lovely manor where you can do a variety of courses. I did a 2 year- part time course from1996-1998.
Taught by a tutor who worked for the British Museum in London I passed with distiction and gained my diploma. The diploma is accredited by
West Dean College where my examiner was attached to. 
Taught by a tutor from the British Museum ment that the way I was thaught has a large part of "conservation" in it.
Conservation meaning to preserve a piece for future damage in contrast to restoration which is putting the piece together in its original state
without seeing the repair.
I do not fire pieces, all my repairs are reversable.
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