In western art, “restoration” is common and focuses on completely hiding the damage. The “re-creation” art of Kintsugi, which actually highlights the brokenness with gold is uncommon. Anyone can learn to do Kintsugi, and the somatic path to mending will lead to personal healing.
Kintsugi is the venerable Japanese tradition flowing out of China and Korea, and ultimately refined by the aesthetics of the tea master Sen no Rikyu. “Kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art form of mending broken tea ware by reassembling ceramic pieces, creates anew the valuable pottery, which now becomes more beautiful and more valuable than the original, unbroken vessel” (Art + Faith: A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura) Academy Kintsugi’s mission is to behold the broken, mend it to make new, explore the intersection between beauty and justice and to form a community caring for the culture as described in Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura.
I am a certified Kintsugi Instructor through Academy Kintsugi, and have led numerous workshops in the US and India.
If you and a group of 7 or less are interested in participating in a 3 hour Kintsugi mending experience, the price is $110 per person (in the Charlotte area) and includes all materials except for your broken or chipped vessel.