The Art of Kintsugi (金継ぎ)
|Kintsugi is the unique and ancient Japanese art of repairing broken, chipped and cracked pottery using lacquer and gold. Pottery repaired using Kintsugi started about 550 years ago in Japan. Pottery repaired using Kintsugi techniques are seen at museums and many of these pieces are recognized as highly treasured antiques and cultural assets. The message behind the Kintsugi is “Beauty of Imperfection”. An object sometimes break, however this is part of its life, and rather than throw broken objects away they can be repaired and the cracks remain to show the object’s history where flaws and scars should be accepted and cherished, not hidden. Our body and heart also can be repaired like Kintsugi ceramics, carrying on and cherishing the history.|
◆ Learn basic techniques of Kintsugi, similar to those used throughout its 550-year history, from a master craftsman.
◆ Participate in the art of repairing a broken plate using the techniques you have learned.
◆ Take home your repaired creation to appreciate for years to come.
◆ Use the Kintsugi technique to make beautiful accessories! Create accessories with different parts joined together with gold lines! (Kintsugi Accessory Workshop only)