Come and learn this beautiful and healing Japanese art that uses gold or silver-coloured glues to bring together pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks.
This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals. You can either bring with you your own precious pieces or enjoy using pieces provided at the course.
The practice has a deeper philosophical meaning. The mended cracks become part of the object's design, reflecting symbolically an event in the life of that object, rather than the cause of its destruction. In practising this art-form, we can reflect on our own 'cracks' and 'bumps' and how we can incorporate these events into our life story, using our mind to repair our 'flaws' with beauty, creating precious scars.
A contemporary method of kintsugi uses epoxy glue coloured with precious metals, making this an easy process to replicate at home.
Those looking for a new art form. Those with broken crockery who would like an intriguing new way to recycle these items. Teenagers to adults suffering with anxiety, depression, worry, frustration, trauma, fear, anger and so on.
All materials are provided for this course including a bowl. If you prefer, you can bring your own pieces (broken or not) to break and repair.
Born in Japan, and living in Auckland for 30 years, life as a migrant was not easy. Kintsugi art helped Aiko to face trauma in her life, eventually accepting and becoming proud of her own precious scars. Aiko would like to share this ancient art with others as a way of repairing hearts through understanding, nurturing and strengthening of mind and spirit.