Kintsugi: Japanese art of repairing old pottery

Kintsugi: Japanese art of repairing old pottery


I’m sure we have all dropped, knocked over, or bumped a glass bowl and broke it. Once in awhile, if it is very important, we try to fix it with glue. However, most of the time we just toss the old bowl into the trash and buy a new one.  That’s not the case in Japan. In Japan they practice Kintsugi.

Kintsugi is the practice of repairing broken pottery. The repair work is seen as the history of the piece and is celebrated. According to an article on My Modern Met team the repairs are made with a “special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.” The art of repairing broken pottery dates back to the 15th century.  The practice is continued today in several forms.

The original way of repairing pottery is of course still practiced. However, others have begun to include the practice of Kintsugi into their own works. One such was is by those who are making new pottery using the Kintsugi practice. Then there are those who are incorporating the Kintsugi practice into their art. What makes this truly amazing is that not all of these people are in Japan.

The art of Kintsugi is being practiced in various places over the world. I think it is safe to say the practice of repairing broken pottery that started on the 15th century will continue for a long time to come. For more on the history of Kintsugi check out the article I reference in this post. There are also some amazing photos that follow the article.


My Modern Met Team. (April 25, 2017). Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold [Article].


(My Modern Met Team, 2017)


1 thought on “Kintsugi: Japanese art of repairing old pottery

  1. This is real beautiful! I kind of want to break my own bowls and plates now, just to upgrade them!


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