Kintsukuroi - "To repair with gold." The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken. Repaired tea bowl Japan early c, Edo period
"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful" - Barbara Bloom. Love this philosophy.
Tea bowl, Chawan - Japan, 9 cm diameter This tea bowl from the Tokugawa period is made from stone ware. It too shows the beauty of the ephemeral. On the black glaze, the golden cracks appear like flashes.
Photo by Kenji Hishida. My kintsugi teacher, Kenji Hishida is going to have an exhibit soon! When I visited his atelier in April, he told me that he’s obsessed by urushi lacquer penetration. It adds posh texture on potteries, and makes his works.