Kintsugi is the unique and ancient 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. Melbourne workshops are restarting from December 2020, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane classes are still POSTPONED. We will update all informations when government regulations are lifted to all cities. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us !
Let’s stay safe, take care of ourselves to overcome coronavirus.
Kintsugi Accessory Class !
Kintsugi Gift SHOP
Why not give presents to family members and friends for all occasions, inclusive of birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries.
Before you send us an email for quotation, Please click here for the repair page. You can get an idea about how much it will cost and how long it will take.
The price depends on the severity of the damage and which method you would like to have (Modern, Hybrid or Traditional method. Modern takes the least time) . The main difference between these three is the materials used in the process. Modern uses modern materials, while Traditional uses all natural traditional materials, and Hybrid uses a mixture of both)
Even with modern method it takes a few hours for 1-3 spread(pieces) to be repaired. If there are more than 7-8 pieces we need to spend at least 10 hours. This means the repair and material cost would not be less than $300.
The traditional method uses a longer process than Modern or Hybrid, so more time is required, including making glue or putty by ourselves and drying time of the Lacquer. The temperature and humidity need to be carefully controlled, and so we need at least 2 months to complete these methods.
Please understand that there are many requests for repair and it takes time.
When you’d like to have a detailed quote, please send us the following information:
Photos of all broken pieces
Object from various angles
Size of the entire object in cm (a picture taken with a ruler is very clear to understand, too)
We also have a Ceramic Repair course where you can repair your broken ceramics by yourself ! Please click here for Class page !
Thank you very much.
Thank you very much !