Alan Franklin

China Repairs and Specialist Ceramic Restoration

01202 578 479


Most items brought to the workshop require to be restored 'aesthetically invisibly', however we can also repair to a high standard employing what is called a 'conservation repair' whereby the item is cleaned, stabilised and properly adhered, then any remaining visible cracks are dealt with using a polished, colour epoxy fill to render your items suitable for display, naturally this involves less work than a full restoration, is consequentially less expensive and is often considered a good alternative. The level of restoration required can be discussed in the studio or via email.

Items brought in or sent via courier, that need to be cleaned or which show evidence of an historical repair will need to be chemically cleaned to reveal any hidden or latent damage, such pieces will incur an initial charge, which, if the job is accepted this initial consideration will be deducted from the final cost. If however the job is declined this fee will be payable before the item can be collected/returned.

It is impossible to give any indication of pricing until items are physically examined or high quality digital images are supplied, it is not our practice under any circumstances to differ from this policy.


In line with our practice of many years, for 2018 we are continuing as in previous years to run some Comprehensive Ceramic Retoration Courses. Many requests are received each year,however I must reiterate that I do not teach night classes, weekend tasters or simply one day introduction courses. I feel it is important that if you want to learn you need to learn properly, grasp the fundamentals first and go from there. A full and proper course of instruction is the only way to do this. Such a course consists of three separate weeks of training, these can be taken consecutively or with a gap of a few weeks in between. No stone is left unturned on these courses, once finished you will have been taught enough to make you a competent restorer providing you have the incentive, desire and wherewithal to make a success of it. Courses are non residential and start filling up from late Autumn onwards. Students are limited to a maximum of three per course, whereby a good working environment is encouraged, individual tuition is guaranteed and progress is assured. If this is the sort of thing which interests you please email/telephone for further information, or better still, call us for an appointment to drop by for a friendly chat.

Marcus Jones, Leicester.

......Thank you so much for showing me why & where I have been going wrong all these past years and how I can now try to improve for the future.


Myra Fortescue, Northumbria.

......I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course, giving me a lot more confidence in retirement to get all those pieces hanging around the house repaired properly.


Lena Marshall, London.

......Your patience and teaching ability made it less difficult than I imagined to forge a satisfying hobby for myself.