Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kintsugi: A Beautiful Second Life


Kintsugi—the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powered gold. The idea behind it is that the piece becomes more beautiful and valuable because it has been broken and has a history.

Kintsugi is the Japanese translation "to patch with gold". The technique is used to mend broken ceramic or china vessels and transform them into works of art. 

Japanese ceramic gold repair
mending pottery using gold or silver lacquer: Kintsugi

Various adhesives and epoxies are used to join the broken pieces together, then a thin line of metal is applied over the mend. While gold is the metal most often used, silver, brass, bronze or copper is also used. The metal application can be rubbed into a high gloss or left matte, depending on personal preference.

The essential point is that the "mend" or "patch" is meant to show. But more importantly, the application of a precious metal enhances the piece, emphasizing the fact that "broken and repaired" is worthy of admiration. This aesthetic relates to the idea of in imperfect items.


One of the best Kintsugi repair and restoration studios in the U.S. is Lakeside Pottery out of Stamford, Connecticut.

Japanese sake cup


  1. Hi April,

    Thank you for posting our Kintsugi Art! For more about the process, our kintsugi gallery and kintsugi history, visit:

    Kindly, Morty and Patty

    Lakeside Pottery Ceramic Restoration Studio
    543 Newfield Avenue
    Stamford, CT 06905

  2. You're very welcome. Your Kintsugi pieces are absolutely beautiful. Truly works of art.