Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics by using lacquer resin dusted with powdered gold. It is thought to have originated in the 15th century when the Shogun sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repair. When it was returned with ugly metal staples, it prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for a more aesthetic means of repair. Kintsugi became closely associated with Japanese tea ceremony and its philosphy of wabi-cha. Its philosophy seeks to highlight the damage and repair rather than to disquise it.

This year through a chajin friend’s introduction I was able to find a kintsugi teacher in Kyoto. Now I have a once a week class to learn the technique and delicate skill of kintsugi and I have done five pieces.

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