Come work alongside a kintsugi Master and learn about the ancient Japanese art that celebrates the beauty of brokenness.
In the practice of kintsugi, cracked pottery is given a second life through the binding power of gold lacquer. This technique perfectly represents the Japanese aesthetic value of ‘wabi-sabi’, or the acceptance of imperfection as part of beauty, which has its origins in Buddhism.
Between July and December, you’ll walk the path towards the mastery of kintsugi as you deeply explore truly authentic techniques of the art form. Each session will focus on a new skill, aiming to leave you with not only craftsmanship proficiency but also with a true appreciation for the kintsugi philosophy. You’ll come away with all the skills you need to repair kintsugi items on your own!
About our Master
Guu-sama had been fascinated by kintsugi since she was a little girl before deciding to study lacquer arts at university. She now has her own studio, and relishes the recent surge in popularity of kintsugi: she hopes for it to become a global practice as more people embrace the notion of valuing things even after they’re broken.
However, with this increased interest has also come an increase in cheaper and quicker modern kintsugi techniques, most commonly, the use of synthetic adhesives. Guu-sama prides herself on strictly using the original 600 year-old technique with natural lacquer, a living, breathing adhesive that has played an essential role in Japanese craftsmanship.
Registration: June 19
USD$1,280 per person
Includes cost of materials (lacquer, pure gold dust, tools)
– Guests are asked to bring their own piece of broken pottery to repair
– The course is offered in Japanese, with a Deeper Japan guide interpreting in English (French/German/Spanish interpretation available upon request)