Ceramic Restorer

Make broken ceramics look as good as new.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Ceramic Restorers do?

Gravity keeps your table and chairs firmly on the ground, but it can also pull an expensive piece of ceramic out of someone’s hands and onto the floor, shattering it into a thousand small pieces. When this happens, a Ceramic Restorer steps in to repair the damage.

The cost of a Ceramic Restorer’s services can vary dramatically depending on the amount of damage that needs repairing and the age of the item. Some repairs can make the item look better, but they can reduce its value in the eyes of collectors. So, if you’re a Ceramic Restorer, you provide the owner with an estimate of the cost and the effect your work will have on the value of the item before you make any repairs.

Cleaning the item thoroughly helps you see the damage more clearly, so you immerse it in a solution, wipe it with a damp cloth, or use soft brushes to scrape away grime. If pieces come off, you attach them with epoxy and use paint to cover the seams. If the broken pieces are missing, you make replacement pieces out of clay, and attach them to the item with wire or adhesive.

Very fancy ceramic items may require fancy restoration techniques. Keeping paints, gold leaf, and glitter on hand can help you prepare for any emergency.

Once your work is done, you advise the owner on how to care for the item so your work won’t be required in the future. Asking people to use both hands when carrying valuable objects may be a good place to start.


Should I be a Ceramic Restorer?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Public Records Officer, Restorer, Ceramic

    How to become a Ceramic Restorer

    Most Ceramic Restorers have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:awao9b&chl=|certificate+%2818%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2832%25%29|master%27s+%2849%25%29|doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,49
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