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Kintsugi gold repair workshop - Tea and cake included!

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  • E-Ticket
  • Group Tour
  • 2.5 hr

Learn kintsugi from a charming artist/potter couple, who have decades of experience teaching this delicate and ancient technique. Tea + cake break included!

Itinerary Details

What you’ll do
Learn about the history and techniques of this ancient art and kintsugi-repair your own broken item using gold dust and lacquer. Tea + cake break included!

In the practice of kintsugi, which means “golden joinery”, cracked pottery is given a second life through the binding power of gold lacquer. It’s said that this technique may have originated in the late 15th century when the shogun of Japan sent back damaged pottery to China, only to have it returned, unsatisfactorily fixed with metal staples. In response, craftsmen came up with the alternative technique of kintsugi to repair such items. This technique perfectly represents the Japanese aesthetic value of 'wabi-sabi', or the acceptance of imperfection as part of beauty, which has its origins in Buddhist philosophy. Celebrating the beauty of brokenness, Kintsugi not only produces unique pottery but is powerfully symbolic.