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.
The 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.
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 gold or silver, making this an easy process to replicate at home. We will use this method during this course. You can either bring with you your own precious pieces or enjoy using pieces provided at the course.
Those looking for a new art form. Those with broken crockery who would like an intriguing new way to recycle these items.
All materials are provided for this course including a bowl. If you prefer, you can bring your own small piece (broken or not) to break and repair. It needs to be a simple and small vessel.
Ema Frost has been a part of the Auckland art scene since 2010. Ema's artworks are inspired by her fascination and deep respect for the mystery and magic found in Māori and Japanese folklore.
Not one to stand still, Ema regularly travels extensively, finding inspiration off the beaten path. Like the characters that are hidden in her work, Ema tests the boundaries of her imagination when she loses herself in the unfamiliar land and cityscapes that are beyond our shores. The tales and trinkets she brings back from her travels are her constant reminders that there is more out there than our everyday existence. Ema also leaves a touch of Frost behind in every country she visits, her work can be found in galleries in Japan, India, Germany and across North America. This allows for Ema to collaborate with artists from around the world.
While Ema enjoys travelling and experiencing other cultures, she’s also extremely passionate about giving back to her own community and supports various charities that are close to her heart. Ronald McDonald House, Breast Cancer Cure, KidsCanNZ are just a handful of charities that she supports through donating her work to auctions and fundraisers.