Kintsugi is a pottery technique that glorifies imperfection and embraces the cracks that bring us together. The art-form dates back to the Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who sent sent a piece of pottery back to China to be repaired. After the piece return, lackluster held together with only staples, he decided to have it mended with gold. The piece took on a new found glory, and this method is still used (slightly modified) today.
“The world breaks everyone, then some become strong at the broken places.”
The shattering realization of the one mug in the cupboard happened to slip off the counter top is a feeling so gut-wrenchingly awful that is seldom the cause for celebration. What if I told you that there was a way to piece back the puzzle from destruction and make something beautiful? That is my test with this upcycle project.
There is a lot of information out there about how to preform kintsugi. One of my favorite tutorials is by the creator Alex French Guy Cooking. The one item I was unable to find was the golden powder.
He is super enthusiastic and a wonderful guide through the new found art form.
At this moment I have assembled the pieces and watched/read multiple tutorials on how to preform the mindful practice of kintsugi. I am planning on using a general ceramic adhesive, E6000 captured in figure 1 below. This is food safe general adhesive that I will mix with gold paint. From my research, this will make the item no longer food/heat safe. I will look into possibly finding a more food friendly medium, but in the mean-time I want to work on a pot/centerpiece.