Kintsugi is an ancient craft, still practiced in some parts of Japan, where precious tea bowls and broken pottery are restored in a time-honoured way that respects the origins of the pieces and their meaning for the owner.
Literally translated ‘golden joinery’, the art of Kintsugi is increasingly recognised as a powerful metaphor representing a whole philosophy of life. The history is rich, the process is patient, the art itself is a skill. Kintsugi is all about gentleness, patience and kindness. It is also about connectedness: connectedness with the piece being repaired, with the environment, with other people involved in the process, and importantly with yourself.
Kintsugi uses all our senses and cannot be rushed. Materials and replacement pieces are carefully selected to match the inherent value of the broken ceramics. The environment is as vital to the repair as the techniques are. Time is taken to indulge mindfully in tea ceremonies and shared meals while the mended pieces are baking. Restoration is completed using distinctive Japanese lacquer and 24-karat gold powder. The finished piece is often stronger than the original and has a distinctive appearance reflecting its unique history.