Anatomy of a Fix: Dean Schulefand
For the last 32 years, Dean Schulefand, a china and crystal repair expert, has stood as the last line of defense for broken, sometimes shattered, vases and platters, statues and cups, that seem destined for the dump. He’s no miracle worker, mind you–just a detailed restorer who can turn back the clock on even the roughest-looking treasures.
“Once something comes to my shop, it never leaves,” says Schulefand, the one-man operation behind Dean Schulefand & Associates, which he operates out of his home. “I do everything here.” The core of his business focuses on what he loves restoring: cherished family items that don’t have much demand at auction houses but pack a lot of sentimental value.
“I like putting together pieces that mean something to someone, that have a history,” he says. “Maybe it was made by a grandparent or a parent. It’s not some priceless antique, but it’s irreplaceable.”
What goes into creating that perfect, invisible fix? Schulefand broke it down for us.