“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandise the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” – Barbara Bloom
What is Kintsugi?
Kintsugi is the unique and ancient Japanese art of repairing broken, chipped and cracked pottery using lacquer mixed with gold. Pottery repaired using Kintsugi dates back to 16th century Japan (the Muromachi period) and makes use of many crafts using lacquer, one of which is called “Makie” which grew alongside the Japanese philosophy of the tea ceremony which comes from a belief in the beauty of imperfections. Pottery repaired using Kintsugi techniques are seen at museums and many of these pieces are recognised as highly treasured antiques and cultural assets.
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What We Do
At Kintsugi Australia, we offer workshops where you can learn the traditional kintsugi techniques using either artificial gold or real gold at 2 convenient locations, one in Sydney CBD and one class located in the Northern Suburb of Artarmon.
We also offer repair jobs for your chipped or cracked pottery, price depending on the severity of the damage. More information an be found in our Repair page.