Kintsugi workshop for pottery lovers – workshop by ceramic specialist

3 days of Kintsugi workshop, which includes the traditional kintsugi kit with real Urushi

Years of Kintsugi workshops by our Urushi master Mrs Mio Heki, JCE gets many requests about the next workshop. Unfortunately, Mio can’t visit the Netherlands in 2019. Instead, JCE will introduce the new type of kintsugi workshop by the ceramic artist Yoko Silk.

Yoko has her ceramic studio in Leiden and teaches people since 2010. She has great respect for the traditional technique and makes the kintsugi possible for people in Holland by combining the local tools, etc.

Best introduction for learning the basic Kintsugi.


What “Kintsugi workshop for pottery lovers by Yoko Silk” can offer you:

  • Beautiful results and food safety of your pottery
  • Kintsugi kit from Kyoto with traditional & natural materials (inclusive in the price)
  • Tips of using local tools
  • Best introduction of entering the traditional Kintsugi 

*If you want to learn the full depth of the traditional Kintsugi and get the knowledge of Urushi lacquer, we recommend you to join the next kintsugi workshop by Mio Heki. If you have the plan to visit Kyoto, you can join the workshop of Mio’s studio “Studio Hifumi“. 


– Kintsugi workshop for pottery lovers by Yoko Silk

Applying the workshop from the form!

Date & Time:
1st date on 6th October (Sun) from 14:00 till 16:00
2nd date on 17th October (Thu) from 19:00 till 21:00
3rd date on 20th October (Sun) from 14:00 till 16:00

*In order to repair the pottery, you need to attend 3 days. We can’t accept attendants who can’t attend all 3 days.

Location: Haagweg 4 C11, 2311 AA Leiden

Participation fee: 305 euro (incl. VAT, Kintsugi kit)

Kintsugi kit includes:
Bengara urushi 50g, ki urushi 50g, gold powder, floss silk, tonoko (a clay soil), jinoko (pulverised rock), wood powder, filter paper (10 pieces), sweeping blush

Min & Max. number of participation: minimum of 5 persons, maximum of 8 persons

Cancellation after payment:

  • Day of workshop – 3 days before the workshop: 100%
  • 4 days before – 1 week before the workshop: 80%
  • 1 week – 2 weeks before the workshop: 30%
  • 2 weeks – 3 weeks before the workshop: 10%

Attention before applying:

  • Please bring an apron and thin gloves

  • After the 3rd day, the potteries need to stay in Muro to be dry completely. We ask all the participants to leave the potteries in Yoko Silk’s atelier and pick them later.

  • Some people have an allergic reaction to Urushi. We’ll give advice about working with Urushi, but JCE can’t be responsible when the allergic reaction appears. Please bring thin gloves to protect your hands.

  • After the application, JCE will send the invoice, and you will transfer the participation fee by internet banking. In the past, JCE experienced that there were some people cancelled without payments and noticing us. By that, some people couldn’t join even there are someplace available. Please notify us when you wish to cancel.

– About workshop

Repair types 

This workshop will cover Nyuu / Hibi, miner Hotsure / Kake, Ware which is simple 2 to 3 pieces split. All attendants have to send the photos of their wares to be fixed with Kintsugi technique for evaluation.

Nyuu / Hibi: crack Ware: split  Hotsure / Kake: chip

What can be repaired by this workshop

Participants can bring 2 potteries with simple damages of the 3 repair types above mentioned. If the pottery is split into more than 3 pieces, or the missing part is too big, you can’t repair them by this workshop.

Steps of the workshop

1st day
Kintsugi process explanation, cleaning, urushi coating, glueing/filling, leave for hardening

2nd day
Cleaning/sanding, urushi coating, filling, leave for hardening

3rd day
Cleaning/sanding, urushi coating, urushi top coating, Sprinkle gold powder, leave for hardening


– About Yoko Silk

Yoko Silk, a ceramic artist from Japan, has been giving ceramic workshop in Leiden since 2010. In her workshop, she focuses on stoneware and porcelain and offers her glazes she makes with special concern for food safety.


– About Kintsugi

What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. (Wikipedia)

What is Urushi?

Urushi, lacquer, is a sap of Japanese lacquer tree, Toxicodendron vernicifluum. The sap contains an allergenic compound, urushiol. Urusei is used for both glueing and painting. It needs to be in the place called Muro which has 20℃ and 70% humidity to harden. The hardening is caused by oxidative polymerisation.

History of Kintsugi

There are Jomon (Jomon period 10,500 BCE-300 BCE) pottery found which were repaired with lacquer. Kintsugi was a combination of the lacquer repair technique and gold maki-e technique developed in the Heian period (794-1185) which is lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration. It became common during the late 16th or early 17th centuries as the tea ceremony culture flourished.