Have you ever heard of kintsugi?
It is a traditional Japanese technique to repair broken, chipped, or cracked ceramics or glass.
It is also called “gold repair”.
In today’s world of mass production and mass consumption, it is commonplace to “throw away” broken ceramics and glassware and buy new ones.
However, in the days when there were not so many things, the idea of “repairing broken things and continuing to use them” was commonplace.
“Kintsugi” is a wonderful technique born from the Japanese way of thinking that values things.
Kintsugi sublimates defects such as cracks, splits, and chips into an art form. The joints are then covered with gold, silver, or other metal powder, as if the vessel were being reborn. The reborn vessel gives us a new look. Kintsugi is a process of breathing new life into objects, not pretending that scratches are not there, but considering them as part of their history and charm.
In fact, kintsugi is a traditional technique that can be easily performed by amateurs as long as they have the right tools. We will carefully explain how to do it in this blog. If you have broken your favorite vessels, please try practicing kintsugi.