Kintsugi: the art of precious scars


Kintugi the art of precious scars

We all grow up dreaming about a perfect life: deeply fulfilling work, harmonious family life, stimulating friendship. But life has the habit of giving us shots so we sometimes look at pieces of our broken dreams . It’s difficult to go ahead because of this concept of perfection and of no-return. The sense of powerlessness is due to the idea that the error can not be fixed. It is so difficult to face this moment of disillusion that we might turn around by drawing to Japanese philosophy; This concept was developed by Zen Masters, It’s about damaged pottery. Beloved damaged pottery used during the tea cerimony coudn’t simply thrown away because they still loved them and also because these pottery still had a lot of stories to tell. So they developed a process to repair broken pottery.

Embracing the damage, the process

Kintsugi. We all know this process of repairing ceramic as Kintsugi that literally means join with gold.

Laquer Urushi. Prepare a glue with laquer Urushi and flour in order to fix together broken piecesIt’s important to take care of the glue, it has to be dense without lamps.

Fixing together . When  the glue is ready you carefully  stick the pieces. Than you have to place the ceramic into a paper box named Muro, over some chinese chopsticks  with a wet cloth  for a week or ten days. (It depends on the damage)

Sanding. After a week you might take the ceramic out of the box, sand the repaired part and cover with red urushi laquer. Than you have to place the ceramic into the Muro, over some chinese  chopsticks  with a wet cloth  for another hour.

Gilding. Now you might cover the red urushi with expensive and precious golden powder.
Here a beautiful video about How to do Kintsugi step by step.


There is no attempt to hide the damageThe point is showing the fault lines that are beautiful and strong. The golden lines bring to light breaks that have a value on their own.

Beauty of imperfection

The Tecnique of enphasizing damage with gold without hiding it, comes from wabi sabi. Wabi sabi is: Beauty of imperfection. If you want to know something more about it you might read my interview by Georgia Coggan.
The Kintsugi has became a valid metaphor,  for the pottery as much as for our life.
You can find a lot of advice online. For instance to buy the original kit a good site is
It could be a beautiful hopeful Christmas present.



Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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