Copper Luster Repair and Restoration

Copper luster refers to ceramics that feature a very thin copper film that was applied to the glazed surface. The Spanish created the luster technique, which produces an overglaze finish when fired in a low-temperature reductive atmosphere kiln. With luster, a thin oxide film is applied to a ceramic body, which creates different luster colors. Copper was the most commonly produced lusterware. The color of the body affects the color of the luster glaze and most copper lusterware are created on white-bodied ware.

For example, a single layer of copper on a white-bodied ware produces a purple color while a second layer of copper produces a copper color. Copper luster was used on porcelain, stoneware and earthenware. With items that feature an overall copper luster, they often feature additional decorations such as bands of color with additional print, painting or sprigging decoration.

The Spanish have used the luster technique for centuries, but Northern England, Scottish and Wales potters didn’t start using it until the end of the eighteenth century. Staffordshire factories produced a large number of copper lusterware from 1820 to 1860. During this time, lusterware was a popular export to the rest of Europe and North America. Rarely do copper lusterware feature a manufacturer’s mark, so it is difficult to attribute pieces to specific potters.

One of the best parts about copper lusterware is that you don’t need to buy replications; originals are still available at affordable prices. Dean Schulefand & Associates specialize in restoring and conserving your copper lusterware. For over 30 years, Dean Schulefand is one of few specialists in the US who is experienced in copper luster repair and restoration. He is personally involved in the repair and restoration of every facet to ensure the best in quality with excellent results.

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