Courses are conducted by a professional restorer and tutor with over 36 years' experience. Oxford China Restoration Studio teaches to a professional code with regard to all aspects of conservation.

We have a fully equipped studio in the grounds of our home and teach using the most up to date materials and methods available. Our studio has been fitted with specialised clean air extractors for students' safety and comfort.

Levels and Types of Courses Available

We have created an environment where students of all levels and ability, from complete beginners to the more experienced, can relax and enjoy this rewarding craft. Whatever your age you can learn to restore china! You do not have to be artistic, but if you are this is an added bonus. The length of our courses is determined by the degree of knowledge a student wishes to acquire. We offer courses ranging from a weekend to 1, 2 or 3 weeks duration, also intensive air-brush courses. All courses start at 10 am and finish at 5 pm, with a short break for lunch which will be provided by us. Refreshments are available throughout the day.

Students are asked to bring with them a note book and pen to record their impressions and personal reminders, a soft white apron, their own pieces of china to work on, and a pair of rubber gloves. An international suppliers list will be provided at the conclusion of the course.

Beginner Course (1 week / weekend duration)

  • Examination of objects prior to restoration
  • Cleaning and stain removal methods
  • Dismantling badly repaired china
  • The removal of unsightly rivets
  • Bonding together simple and multiple breaks
  • Filling chips, securing and sealing cracks
  • The museum repair
  • Hand painting

Intermediate Course (1 week duration)

  • Modelling a missing arm or leg, hands or fingers
  • Mould making and casting
  • Replacing a missing handle
  • Modelling flowers and brocage missing from compositions
  • The Invisible Repair - colour matching - hand painting
  • Glazing and painting with gold powders.

Air Brush Course (1 week duration)

  • Safety procedures
  • Colour matching - paint mixing - shading methods
  • Air-brush Operation Procedures
  • Masking Methods
  • Use of air-brush
  • Care of air-brush - cleaning
  • Trouble shooting guide

Advanced Course (1 week duration)

  • Further intricate mould casting
  • Replacing delicate lace work missing from figurines
  • Air-brushing and painting techniques
  • Achieving specialised surface finishes
  • The application of gold powders and gold leaf
  • Advice on estimating

This course is only suitable for those students who have attended week one and two, or who have sound knowledge of basic skills in Porcelain Restoration.

Course Dates

In order to maintain small group sizes and provide a personalised experience for students, we like to discuss and arrange mutually convenient course dates for each student. You can use our contact form or Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to do this. Please indicate the level of course you are interested in and we will contact you to agree dates and proceed with the booking.

Cost of Courses

Weekend courses are offered at £250 inclusive of all materials and equipment used. You are also provided with a set of course notes to take home with you.

Weekly beginners courses are offered at £500 per week, inclusive of all materials and equipment used, together with a set of course notes, set lunches and refreshments throughout the day.

Air-brush and Intermediate courses are offered at £550 inclusive of all materials used. (PLEASE NOTE: you will need to provide or purchase from us a respirator when attending the Air-brushing course, also included is a set lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Our Specialist courses can be quoted for on request. A Certificate of Proficiency is awarded to those who successfully complete the three week courses.

Terms of Enrolment A £50 deposit cheque (made payable to J.Coppock) is required when booking a place on a course. This should be sent to the address shown on our contact page. For further information concerning specialist courses or any other queries, please use our contact page.