Broken pottery looks a lot like the displaced fragments of our lives .
We have a hard time uniting them, because after the impact of disappointment, loss or betrayal, we all feel like a broken cup or plate.
Now, that fragmented piece can regain its beauty if we do it properly. Most of us would repair this bowl by applying the classic quick glue.
However, the Japanese have long practiced an art that, more than a technique to save pottery, is a whole philosophy from which to learn.
We speak, of course, of the Kintsukuroi or repair in gold, a wonderful strategy through which to create a new object, more beautiful, strong and reflective of a psychological dimension that we all know: resilience.
The art of repairing broken pottery
The breaking of an object tells a story. Maybe that dish fell to the ground by an oversight, by having our mind somewhere else, far, far from our reality.
- Maybe that piece of our tea set broke up in a meeting with friends, while we laughed, while sharing a good moment of happiness .
- Each notch in the porcelain refers to a moment in our life. To throw it away is, without a doubt, something unnecessary.
It would be like abandoning a wounded person, like denying ourselves to heal an evil of loves …
All of these are arguments that fit in with that Japanese philosophy of kintsukuroi , which is already known all over the world and which pleases so much.
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Origin of the kintsukuroi
To understand this special technique we must travel at the end of the 15th century, to the time of the Sogunes.
- Ashikaga Yoshimasa was the shogun that initiated this millenary tradition. After his favorite tea bowls were broken, he decided to send them to China to be repaired.
- Soon, the bowls were returned to him with some striking staples of metal that reduced all beauty to the two ceramic pieces.
- The shogun was very upset by the result, and asked his artisans to remedy that .
- They did it, they just sealed the broken pieces with a paste in gold to create a different, more beautiful object: more powerful.
The shogun, then, was delighted.
How to carry out the kintsukuroi with our broken porcelain
We are sure that, at this point, you will have already been captivated by the Kintsukuroi technique.
If you dare, if you like it and want to try it with some cups or dishes that may break at some point, we suggest you carry out this technique that, in reality, is simpler than we think.
What I need
- Putty for ceramics
- Synthetic gold powder (you can even use golden glitter)
- The broken piece of ceramic
- A punch
- A spatula
How do I do it?
We will start mixing the ceramic putty with the synthetic gold powder. You can do it on a cardboard sheet, or on a specific bowl.
- The quantity will always depend on the pieces that we should repair and unite.
- With the help of a toothpick or spatula, we apply this combination on the edges of the broken pieces . Next, join them and press for a moment.
- At the moment, you will see how the gold line borders that scar , that wound that now makes up a much more beautiful and at the same time unique object.
Finally, you only have to let it dry a few hours and you’ll have it ready.
Beauty is in the story that the object tells, not in the object itself
The kintsukuroi can be applied perfectly to our own life.
The resilience is that psychic tendon that acts almost like that golden mastic that joins our broken pieces, that pushes us to seal the wounds and in turn, learn from them.
Far from being ashamed of mistakes made, failures or dreams that have vanished, we must be able to see beauty in that line of life that, in some way, has helped us to be what we are now: more people mature
Wiser creatures who have learned from adversity to “shine”.
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The broken pottery that has been repaired by the kitsukuroi has, in addition, a wonderful faculty: it is stronger, the cups and plates no longer break so easily.
Likewise, people who are wise in resilience and who have also sealed their wounds in gold, are no longer as weak as before . It is something that, without a doubt, we all learn with time.