Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage 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.
As an artist interested in scars and their stories, I was naturally drawn to Kintsugi. After moving to Japan, I took courses in the modern style of Kintsugi to better understand the methods and ideas behind the art form. Over the course of 3 years, I have learned so much and continue to improve in the practice of mending what is broken.