All that is Broken is not Lost.
“Wabi-Sabi is a way of living that focuses on finding the beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”
The Reactive Glazes we use for Studio Glaze are not without their risks. They contain a large amount of flux which lowers the melting point of the glaze allowing it to flow in the kiln. While this can produce beautiful surface effects it can also cause tragedies when the glaze flows onto the kiln shelf sticking it in place.
Removing these ‘stuck’ vases from the kiln will often crack or chip them and sad as it is to see the result of so much hard work in this state.
Reiko has been working on restoring the broken pieces lost to the intense heat of the kilns, using the traditional Japanese technique of Kintsugi. The delicate process highlights and accentuates flaws and cracks using lacquer and precious gold. Embracing the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi and an appreciation for the imperfect and the natural, mended pieces come to represent more than their original selves.
The process for Kintsugi starts with smoothing down broken areas of the object. This prepares the surface for painting on a lacquer to which gold powder is pressed onto.
Below are images taken during the Kintsugi process in our Studio.