A good friend, reader, and fellow blogger, Casual Procrastinator, recommended I check into this art form. According to wikipedia, 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 makie technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Like an answer to an unasked, even unknown question – it touches me.
I was thinking today about dealing with adversity and how the experience makes us better and stronger when I came across the concept of Kintsugi.
It’s the Japanese art of using gold lacquer to glue broken pottery back together. The process doesn’t hide the cracks or the fact that the pottery shattered — it celebrates how those cracks make it even more unique. The breakage and repair become part of the history of the object, rather than something to disguise.
Kintsugi also relates to the Japanese philosophy of “no mind”which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.
Christy Bartlett writes in the , Flickwerk The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics
Not only is there no attempt to hide the damage, but the repair is literally illuminated… a kind of physical expression of the spirit of mushin….Mushin is often literally translated as…
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