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Kintsugi

Iku preparing a plate for repair
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use
Dusting the plate with gold
Kintsugi (gold-mend) is the Japanese art of ceramic repair, where-in broken fragments are first cemented back together using an urushi tonoko or rice flour glue, before being sealed and finished with further coats of urushi and dusted with powdered gold. Urushi is an exceptionally du- rable lacquer produced from the sap of Toxicodendron vernicifluum with the unusual property of being highly allergenic whilst wet but once cured both waterproof and inert.
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - silver powder
Repairing the Danby beaker
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - Iku repairing a Leach bowl
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - appraising a saucer for repair
The beauty of kintsugi lies both in the unique and arbitrary patterning of fracture lines born of an accidental shattering, as well as its function as an index of a slow and painstakingly undertaken repair, an endorsement of value – sentimental and material – a greater remaking of that which was lost.
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - assessing the Leach pottery bowl
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - gluing the Leach pottery bowl
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - the silver repaired Grange village beaker, exterior
Kintsugi demonstration at Objects of Use - the silver repaired Grange village beaker, interior
The finished Leach Pottery general purpose bowl