Kintsugi is the unique and traditional Japanese art of repairing broken, chipped and cracked pottery using lacquer and 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 recognized as highly treasured antiques and cultural assets.
Dates back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573), when Yoshimasa Ashikaga, the 8th Shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate, found a crack on his Matcha bowl, which he had been treasuring. He sent the piece to China to get it repaired, however no one had the skill to repair cracked pottery, so the piece was sent back with a clamp on it.
Yoshimasa was not pleased with the appearance of this, so he ordered the craftsmen to find a better solution to repair the cracked pottery. This is said to be the beginning of Kintsugi in Japan
He was a shogun, a hereditary commander-in-chief, but took barely any responsibilities in politics. However, you could say that he has played an important role in shaping Japanese culture.
The Ginkakuji temple in Kyoto was built by Yoshimasa in 1490.
Jun’s Kintsugi was featured on the several media’s, please have a Look !
Jun presented a Kintsugi lesson to Bella and Locky in The Bachelor Australia aired on Channel 10 on 17th Sep 2020
Hitomi and Jun presented a Kintsugi Accessory lesson to Amanda in The Living Room aired on Channel 10 on 21st May 2021
Jun was Featured on SBS video !
Article about Kintsugi by SBS
Jun’s Kintsugi was featured on the Spanish official site of the “interior and design magazine ELLE DECOR“ !
ABC kintsugi Article Published
You can learn both Traditional and Modern Kintsugi techniques in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
We hold our Kintsugi workshops at Sydney CBD studio almost every day.
We’re also holding workshops every 1-2 months in Melbourne and every 2-3 months in Brisbane.
Next Melbourne workshop will be held on Saturday-Tuesday, 9-12 December 2023
Next Brisbane workshop will be held on Sat-Sun, 10-11 February 2024
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us !
Zoom Workshop is not available for a while, sorry for the inconvenience. We also have Zoom online Beginner’s Kintsugi Workshop. Please click here for more information ! (Sorry but this one available only inAustralia due to shipping the materials)
Kintsugi Accessory Class !
Kintsugi Gift SHOP
Why not give presents to family members and friends for all occasions, inclusive of birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries.
Thank you very much for your interest in Kintsugi !