How to Repair a Ceramic Bowl

When a favorite ceramic bowl is cracked or broken, it may seem impossible to repair. If you have only cracked it or you find all the pieces, the repair is fairly simple and will only take a few minutes. Hairline cracks may still be visible but those can often be covered. If the piece is valuable or has sentimental value, a ceramic repair shop with trained professionals can also repair the bowl to perfect condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Two part epoxy
  • Ceramic paint
  • Glaze
  • Paint brush
  • Tooth picks
  • Masking tape

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Assemble the bowl back together so you know where all the pieces go.

Mix the 2 part epoxy according to the package instructions, usually one part hardener to one part epoxy. Epoxy begins to dry within minutes so work quickly.

Use a toothpick to place epoxy on both the pieces that will be glued together. Wipe away any excess epoxy then hold together for 2 minutes as the epoxy begins to set. If you are repairing a crack, use the toothpick to force epoxy into the crack.

Tape the pieces together so they can finish drying. Continue gluing any other pieces back on the same way. Allow to dry overnight.

Paint over the cracks with ceramic paint and allow to dry. Cover the area with a matte or shiny spray on or paint on glaze to seal the area and match the finish of the bowl.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stacked ceramic bowls can stick together and crack, store them individually or with a towel between them.
  • If you use the bowl for food ensure your paints and glaze are food grade.
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