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Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold

Kintsugi Today

Many artists and craftspeople today—both in Japan and abroad—continue to keep this ancient tradition alive. English embroidery expert Charlotte Bailey, Japanese artist Tomomi Kamoshita, and Korean creative Yee Sookyung incorporate the practice into their art.

Charlotte Bailey

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Tomomi Kamoshita

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Yee Sookyung

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Additionally, other artists, like Tatiane Freitas and Rachel Sussman, have put their own creative twists on the traditional practice by replacing the pottery with unconventional and unexpected canvases.

 

Tatiane Freitas

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Rachel Sussman

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If you’re interested in channeling your inner artist and exploring the craft yourself, Humade and Mejiro Japan sell Kintsugi repair kits, and A Cozy Kitchen also offers a DIY tutorial for those who have the supplies on-hand. These do-it-yourself projects allow you to experience the art of repairing pottery in the Japanese tradition while simultaneously transforming your broken ware into a piece of art.

 

See some more stunning examples of Kintsugi below.

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Photo: Kinzugii

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Photo: Humade

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Photo: Voiceblog

This post has been updated.

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