Friday, January 26, 2018
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese practice of repairing cracked or broken pottery and ceramics with lacquer mixed with powdered metals, most often gold. This method of repair most likely started in the mid 1400s and has become associated with the Japanese concepts of wabi-sabi (a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection) and mono no aware. Instead of destroying or decreasing the value of an item, the art of kintsugi highlights the unpredictable nature of existence and prompts us to find beauty in that which has stood the test of time. The fact that something is cracked makes it more valuable, more beautiful, more desirable.