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, accidentally cracked a pottery piece, 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
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 CBD.
We’re also holding workshops every months in Melbourne and occasionally in other cities. We are very glad to inform you that we are holding workshops in Melbourne on 23-25 April( Fully booked) and Brisbane in June again !
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Kintsugi Accessory Class !
Kintsugi Gift SHOP
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Thank you very much for your interest in Kintsugi !