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Kintsugi Repair Questions and Answers


Lakeside Pottery is a ceramic studio, 3-D art restoration and Kintsugi studio. We are often asked for advice and archived some of the common questions and answers about Kintsugi below.


1) What is the translation of Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi

What is the translation of Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi

The translation ok Kintsugi is "golden joinery" and the translation of Kintsukuroi is "golden repair".


2) How is Kintsugi done?
How do you fix broken gold with ceramics?
How do you make Kintsugi pottery?
What is the Japanese art broken pottery gold repair?

How is Kintsugi done?  How do you fix broken gold with ceramics? How do you make Kintsugi pottery?

The Lakeside Pottery website contains instructional and tutorial videos and illustration pages demonstrating how we implement the Kintsugi process. Please visit these instructional pages: How is Kintsugi made


3) What does Kintsugi mean?

What does Kintsugi mean?

Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is translated from the Japanese to mean golden joinery. It refers to the ancient art of ceramic repair with gold using a gold powder that is applied on lacquer. Kintsugi art has become a metaphor for rebirth, healing and the Wabi-sabi philosophy of the beauty of imperfection. Broken pottery is transformed into beautiful art as the breaks are enhanced with gold creating unique and pleasing patterned surfaces.


4) What is the History of Kintsugi?

What is the History of Kintsugi?

The origin of Kintsugi dates back to 15th century Japan. A favored tea bowl of the Shogun broke and it was sent to China for repair. The Shogun was displeased with the unappealing look of the repair. Ceramics were customarily mended with metal staples that were heavy, dark and unattractive. He appointed his Japanese craftsmen to discover an aesthetically pleasing solution and the gold repair, Kintsugi, was born.


5) Why do Japanese repair broken objects with gold?

Why do Japanese repair broken objects with gold?

The philosophy of Kintsugi honors life experiences whether good or bad. By highlighting the repair of cracks or breaks in a ceramic piece, the events of the past become part of its beauty. There is no attempt to conceal the damage, the repair literally illuminates each scar. The inference for humans is that the scars we gather over time, the breaks, knocks and wrinkles are part of us, they should not be hidden because they make us a more beautiful whole.


6) What does Kintsugi pottery used for?
How the Japanese art of Kintsugi can help one?
What does Kintsugi can teach us about feeling flawed?

What does Kintsugi pottery used for? How the Japanese art of Kintsugi can help one? What Japanese Pottery Can Teach Us About Feeling Flawed?
Gazing at a Kintsugi art work, we are reflecting on its metaphor -- there is beauty in imperfection, scars are experiences of life, breaks can heal and aging is a natural and beautiful process of life. A Kintsugi life suggests that, like a ceramic piece, there is value to missing pieces, cracks and chips and one may find a new purpose, rebirth and trust by not concealing the imperfections and flaws that have come from living but by giving them respect and even gratitude.

7) Can Kintsugi be custom made to order? What does Kintsugi pottery used for? How the Japanese art of Kintsugi can help one? What Japanese Pottery Can Teach Us About Feeling Flawed?
At Lakeside Pottery Studio, Kintsugi can be made to order using our Kintsugi Gold Effect repair process or the 23.5 Karat gold as one of the following options:

1) Your Pottery is already broken
2) Break your pottery yourself
3) Have us break your pottery
4) Choose pottery from our inventory

See more about our Made to order Kintsugi repair


8) How much does Kintsugi cost?
How much does Kintsugi cost?

The prices of our Kintsugi art varies depending on the number of break lines and their length, and the value of the ceramic piece itself. There is a significant cost difference between true gold powder and our optional metal gold effect process. Most prices range from $100 to $400 but can increase significantly, by as much as 2.5 time greater cost, when true 23.5K gold is used.


9) Can Kintsugi be applied on glass?
Can Kintsugi be applied on glass?

While Kintsugi can technically be applied on glass. Because of the transparency of the glass, the profile of the crack and the other side of the Kintsugi application can be seen through the glass body creating an undesirable effect. This effect would be more pronounced the thicker the glass.


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