Kintsugi is a Japanese technique of repairing ceramics using lacquer, flour and gold powder. Kintsugi technique was developed in the 16th century for the purely practical purpose of repairing broken valuable ceramics used for the tea ceremony, then a strictly ruling samurai class pursuit. But the idea of emphasising the damages rather than hiding them, stems from one of Japanese aesthetics, “Wabi Sabi ????“ which can be roughly interpreted as finding the beauty in imperfection, imbalance and incompleteness. The lines made by breakage that are bonded by kintsugi are called “scene” or “landscape”. There are no negative connotations to “damage” in Kintsugi, but only the possibilities to enjoy a new and serendipitous landscape that are the object’s history.
Growing up in plentiful Japan long after rapid economical growth, I remember being totally captivated by the old patched up objects displayed in folk art museum in Tokyo. Their awkwardness were such huge contrast from the aesthetics of disposable consumeristic culture of that time. Since moving to the UK in my mid teens and starting to study art seriously then graduating with a MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith College in the 90s, I am increasingly gravitating towards the art that heals. A few years ago, I first used Kintsugi technique to repair a vase. Since then, like many other people, I was hooked by the metaphor of Kintsugi, the beautiful scar. I have continued to fix broken pottery and glassware anytime I can get hold of them.
Recently this interest in healing art took me to gain a qualification to teach adults. I am interested in particular, in art classes as part of Social Prescription: as a means of therapy.
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