Kintsugi (金継ぎ) which means “golden joinery” , also known as Kintsukuroi (きんつくろい) “golden repair” is a traditional Wabi-sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes.
It originated in the 15th century when a Japanese shogun, Ashikaga Yoshimasa, sent his damaged favorite tea bowl to China to have it fixed. When it came back, it was held together with metal staples.
Revolted, he asked Japanese craftsmen to find a more aesthetically way to repair broken pottery.The potters decided to fill the cracks with the lacquered resin and powdered gold. The broken ceramic had become a work of art.
The Shogun had taken something broken and ugly and turned it into something beautiful!
Nowadays modern Kintsugi artists use a variety of materials to decorate the scars from a repair.
Join us for the Kintsugi workshop and recognize Beauty in Broken Things.