11 October 2014

Japan: Art of fixing broken pottery

Kintsugi = golden joinery or Kintsukuroi = golden repair, is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum a method similar to the maki-e technique.

As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.  Japanese æsthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object.

Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated.

As a philosophy kintsugi can been seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.

Text: Wikipedia
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