Kintsugi workshop

Kintsugi_16_37Kintsugi workshop was taken place in the last weekend. We were very happy to have
both Saturday and Sunday fully booked. Thank you!
The workshop leaders, Botan and Hirokichi, are artists working mainly with
painting. They participated Deshima Art in residence programme in 2013 where
they researched the sense of color of Dutch people thought the paint material
produced in Holland. Because of the Botan’s family business, he was familiar with
Kintsugi from his childhood. Botan and Hirokichi have been working on and
researching Kintsugi more than 10 years now.
The workshop started off with a little lecture about Kintsugi, introducing the
historical and cultural background of the technique and explaining the difference
between the traditional way and the contemporary way. Botan mentioned Kintsugi
is not only a mending technique but also a way to create a new characteristic in a
ceramic or porcelain object by making the broken lines and the shapes standing out
with gold or silver. He also mentioned, as a comparison, the western way of mending
is to make the broken part invisible, so the approach is almost opposite from
Kintsugi. As quite some participants brought western ceramics and porcelains, I was
personally very excited to see how the meeting of Kintsugi and them would turn out.
Botan and Hirokichi uses the hybrid way which is a combination of both the
traditional and contemporary technique and materials, and the technique was also
used in the workshop.
First they plan the specific way of mending on each pieces the participants brought
depends on how it’s broken and damaged.
When the planning is done, they started to clean the broken surface and glue the
pieces each other or fill the missing part with patte.
After the gluing is done, wait until it becomes more stable.
Making a thin layer of lines or parts with Urushi lacquer right above the glued and
filled parts.. Before the Urushi lacquer becomes too dry put the super fine gold
powder on Urushi with a silk ball.
The workshop ended here and, the last finish (washing away the unnecessary gold
with water) will be done by the participants by themselves at home, since it takes a
day or more to let the Urushi dry completely.
There was a nice diversity in the participants and the things they brought. One of
the participants brought objects he broke intentionally for this workshop, and
another one brought a pot which was broken 20 years ago and kept until today.
There were full of stories behind all the things the participants brought. They
seemed to enjoyed exchanging the stories each other.
There was a comment, “Spending quiet and concentrated time to fix my favorite
things using my own hands was very fun and felt precious in the busy daily lives.
Now like the things even more then before”
It was not raining, but still it was very “Dutch summer” like, gray and not too dry.
But Botan and Hirokichi found it actually great, because Urushi lacquer dries faster
when it’s more humid. So it was a little discovery to find out the Dutch weather can be
suitable for kintsugi.
Thank you all who participated in the Kintsugi worshop, and Botan and Hirokichi!!