Fun Link Friday: the art of kintsugi

While many people might think of a broken bowl or cracked ceramic pieces as beyond repair and having lost their beauty as perfect objects, other see opportunity for a different kind of aesthetic.

bowl

Colossal featured an article last year on kintsugi 金継ぎ, or “gold joinery,” which they describe as

a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful than the original.

There’s a video from a kintsugi workshop that happened in London which talks about the process and shows the work up close. You can also google kintsugi even in English and find some amazing images of this kind of art. Be sure to check it out!

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About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of graduate life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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