Ceramic repairer: the woman who glued the pieces

Ceramic repairer: the woman who glued the pieces – Since she was a little girl, Sophie Thrushe Rouleau is a tinker. She was trying to repair all the objects that fell on her hand. This autodidact was apprenticed for two years at Mr Fix It, a Montreal repair shop, before opening her own workshop.

The large plaster statue was stored in the garage for weeks when, as a guarantor of her car, the client receded a little too
The large plaster statue was stored in the garage for weeks when, as a guarantor of her car, the client receded a little too. photo credit François Roy

Sophie Thrushe Rouleau carries out a profession as rare as necessary: it restores ceramic and porcelain objects. From the Cove of a cup of dish service having belonged to your grandmother to the rare object of a collection passing through the trinket reported travel, virtually everything is repaired! Portrait of a passionate person who makes many happy by gluing the pieces.

It specializes in parts of ceramic, porcelain, plaster and ivory as well as certain stones. The majority of the objects that are brought to it have sentimental value for their owners. We do not always restore the objects because they are expensive, but rather because they are attached.

Moreover, Sophie Thrushe does not want to touch the museum pieces or those of great value. She prefers everyday objects, those who have lived and beautiful stories. She remembers for example the restoration of a small porcelain sheep that had been bought at the store at $1. This trinket had been the last gift offered by a child to his grandfather before he died. A member of the family disbursed $125 to have Sophie repaired.

Among the unusual items she was asked to restore, she also remembers lids of old toilet tanks.

Before bringing an object

Sophie Thrushe Rouleau does not advise people to try to reattach a broken object themselves. The glues sold in hardware are not strong and yellow over time. Moreover, a poorly glued object will cost more to restore since it must take off.

She suggests packing each piece separately and not putting them all in the same bag. The ceramic is very fragile and the friction of the different pieces against each other can cause even more damage. Important thing to know, it is often possible to rebuild a missing piece.

Ceramic repairer different types of restoration

The restorative offers three types of intervention: basic restoration (simple gluing), restoration for use (trim edge, for example, but caution: no glue can be in contact with food or go to the oven) and restoration Illusionist, more complex, which gives the object its original shape and where it is impossible to see the interventions.

It is also important to know that this kind of work is long, a drying time for glue goes from seven days to a month. Sophie Thrushe Rouleau also proposes the Kintsugi Japanese restoration method, which consists of accentuating the traces of breakage or cracks with metallic powder.

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