Kintsugi is the art of using lacquer and gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together. It is becoming an established part of our practice here in Stoke-on-Trent, and we’re happy to announce that we will be offering this as a service on your own broken pottery.
The principle of Kintsugi is deeply rooted in the idea of Wabi-sabi, which in simplest terms is the appreciation of beauty in the imperfect. “Wabi-sabi is actually a very simple concept and it’s anything but high brow. You can see it everywhere, on the pavement, on the bark of a tree. It’s a beauty that’s available to all.” Reiko Kaneko Q&A with Chloe Currens, Penguin Press (Read the rest of this Q&A here)
Kintsugi embraces 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. The delicate process highlights and accentuates flaws and cracks using lacquer and precious gold. For this reason it is exciting for us to be mending something that isn’t necessarily ours or isn’t creating something new. It adds to the story of the pieces which quite often come to represent more than their original selves.
You will have an option of either bronze gold or real gold. Though they are similar in colour, bronze gold is purely decorative and not food safe where as the real gold is food safe. Neither can be put in the microwave or in the dishwasher and must be washed by hand. If you browse the images below you can see whether the piece was fixed with bronze or gold. We currently have a lead time of approximately 3 weeks upon receipt of broken pieces. The example prices are calculated on the time spent and material costs. If you hope to have your items mended for much less, we suggest you fix the broken parts yourself and we will do the lacquer and gold finish as urushi lacquer is toxic in its liquid form. In this day and age, we recommend milliput, epoxy putty for the mend with a little water to smooth down. Much of the quality of the Kintsugi is in how this initial fix is, so we would recommend that we take care of the whole process if you’re not too confident but we do appreciate that this is out of the price range for many. We’re at your service so do get in touch to see if your ordinary, or sentimental piece of pottery can live on. Use this form to submit your photographs and we’ll get back to you with a quote. Kintsugi Repair Form.
Thank you to everyone who sent their ceramics in for us to fix. See before and after photographs below.