The art of Kintsugi has become a large part of our practice here in Stoke-on-Trent, and we would soon like to offer it as a service on your own broken pottery. If you’d like to register your interest please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artisans began using lacquer and gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together some four of five centuries ago in Japan. This tradition, known as kintsugi, meaning “golden seams” is something that Reiko has adopted in her own studio. The Reactive Glazes we use for Studio Glaze 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.
The delicate process highlights and accentuates flaws and cracks using lacquer and precious gold. Embracing the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi (“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.”) and an appreciation for the imperfect and the natural, mended pieces come to represent more than their original selves.