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. 10003518_10203293806003156_8401207779736699435_n10177321_10203266798167977_1034827322_n10154157_10203266798127976_1120979499_n 10153110_10203266798767992_1269566863_n 1977333_10203266798087975_1331407293_n
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