How to repair ceramic cookware

Updated February 21, 2017

Ceramic cookware is popular because it's readily available in different styles, patterns and colours.

It's also attractive, affordable, non-toxic, and easy to clean. It's fairly durable. Still, ceramic cookware can get cracked or broken. If you can gather up all the broken pieces, you can likely glue the cookware back together again. It will then be a decorative piece that you can display in a hutch or on a shelf, although it won't be safe for cooking or storing food.

Put on a pair of gloves to protect your hands from any sharp edges.

Clean the broken ceramic cookware pieces. Carefully scrape off any old glue on the pieces from a past repair, using a razor blade.

Add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to a few inches of warm water in a sink. Swish the liquid around with your hand to make a sudsy cleaning solution. Gently clean the ceramic pieces with the solution and a scrubbing pad.

Rinse each piece of the cookware well with clean, running water. Set them on an absorbent towel and allow them to dry overnight.

Prepare the ceramic adhesive according to the manufacturer's directions.

Apply ceramic adhesive to only one edge of each break with a wooden stick. That is, when gluing two pieces together, apply glue to only one of the pieces. Cover the total area of the edge with the adhesive.

Join the broken pieces of ceramic cookware together. Hold them in place while you apply light pressure.

Set the repaired ceramic cookware in a place where it will be undisturbed. Allow the adhesive to dry completely according to the manufacturer's directions.


Carefully use a razor blade to remove any excess adhesive from the ceramic after the repair has thoroughly dried.


Once the broken ceramic cookware has been repaired, it cannot be used for food again. It's not safe.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Razor blade
  • Mild dishwashing detergent
  • Plastic scrubbing pad
  • Towel
  • Slow-setting ceramic adhesive
  • Wooden stick
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Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.