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My cousin has asked me if I can fix an old piece of pottery he got from his father. The only value is sentimental, no pressure there! 

The piece is probably from the 50's. It needs to be repainted then reglazed. Any suggestions?

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Firing things back together is theoretically possible, but not feasible in most instances. In the absence of knowing how it was fired in the first place, anything you try is a guess. 
Glue is your best bet. It’ll add to the story of the piece. 

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It doesn't sound like you're repairing a broken pot. If you just want to re-do the surface decoration and the piece won't be used for food or drink, there are non-fired as well as oven fired paints for ceramic and glass that you could use, finished, perhaps, with a clear acrylic spray. 

I would not recommend putting an older piece back into a kiln unless you know for certain what the original clay, glazes and firing temperature were.

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You also have the problem of the glazes not being compatible.  I found some cheap plates and decided to try glazing a pattern on them.   They looked perfect when I took them out of the kiln,  since they were a test I stood them up on a shelf.   About a year later I starting hearing a binging noise and a shard of glaze landed next to me,  the added glaze pattern was flying off the plates.  Denice

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22 hours ago, Denice said:

You also have the problem of the glazes not being compatible.  I found some cheap plates and decided to try glazing a pattern on them.   They looked perfect when I took them out of the kiln,  since they were a test I stood them up on a shelf.   About a year later I starting hearing a binging noise and a shard of glaze landed next to me,  the added glaze pattern was flying off the plates.  Denice

same thing will happen to glass. It takes a year or three but it will more likely than not separate and fall/pop off. 

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