Kintsugi  ~ceramic repair~

Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese technique that was invented around the fifteenth century to repair broken pottery using urushi (Japanese  lacquer) dusted with powdered gold, silver, platinum, or other precious metals. Beautiful seams of gold replace the cracks in ceramic ware.


In our studio, the whole process is done with traditional, natural materials and ancient methods. The strength of natural urushi lacquer is better than that of synthetic glue, so the repaired piece will have almost the same strength as before the break and will easily stay together for the next several thousand years. Urushi is also not bothered by hot or cold water, acids, or bases––even a very strong chemical like acetone can’t damage its surface. Another benefit of the kintsugi repair method is that it is 100 percent food-safe. This is not generally the case when using synthetic materials and Western-style repair techniques. Gen Saratani’s studio offers kintsugi repairs entirely using traditional methods and materials. Please email an image of your broken piece for an estimate of the repair cost.
 

To see the process of kintsugi, please visit our Kintsugi channel on YouTube

Bowls

Bowls

Tom Sachs × Gen Saratani Collaboration

Bowl  (6 in / 15cm)

Bowl (6 in / 15cm)

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

Indigo Table

Indigo Table

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

Large plate  (12in / 30cm)

Large plate (12in / 30cm)

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

Mini mask (H 6in / 15cm)

Mini mask (H 6in / 15cm)

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

Cups

Cups

Kintsugi used to repair chips and breakage

Large plate (10in / 25cm)

Large plate (10in / 25cm)

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

Teapot

Teapot

Kintsugi used to create new handle and repair chipped lid.

Chopstick Rest

Chopstick Rest

Kintsugi used to repair breakage and create decorative rope.

Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl

Kintsugi used to repair chips.

Tea Bowl

Tea Bowl

Kintsugi used to repair breakage.

 

Not for sale. Repair only.

 

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    Teapot

    Kintsugi used to create new handle and repair chipped lid.