Kintsugi: to repaire with gold

Kintsugi By Manuela Metra

Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi means to repair with gold. Kintsugi is a Japanese technique to repair ceramic objects that have broken, but above all it is an art form. As only Japan can masterfully master the kintsugi, poetry, art, philosophy, aesthetics and a functional aspect are united together. In fact, the idea underlying this repair technique with gold or silver is to make fractures visible, expose them and honor them, celebrate them. An object of value like a ceremonial wabi sabi cup passes from hand to hand to the masters of the tea, breaks and is repaired with a precious metal: gold or silver. Fractures testify to the time that has passed, the encounter with life and the preciousness of history. In this way the broken cup acquires new, unique qualities. There are two types of Kintsugi, modern and traditional, the modern one is the western translation of this ancient art form and involves the use of two-component glue and gold powder, the piece is ready in 24 hours. The traditional method instead requires the use of Urushi lacquer, of vegetable origin and a much longer drying time. Even the aesthetic result is very different.When I have to fix a broken piece I think it will certainly be more fragile but paradoxically it has acquired great strength.


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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