Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold and acknowledging that it is more beautiful for having been broken. Repairing cracks, chips, holes or even missing pieces serves to highlight the unique beauty found only in imperfection - and to celebrate, rather than to mourn it.
In the late 15th century, Japanese craftsmen used urushi (tree sap lacquer) and real gold powder to repair ceramics. Whilst beautiful and strong, this method was time consuming, required very specific conditions and the Zen like skill of an artisan - skills which were passed down through generations of the same family. It was also extremely expensive and available only to the wealthy.
Over time, faster acting adhesives and mica powders have simplified the process and considerably reduced the cost. Modern kintsugi repair may take no more than a day or two where it used to take months.
It remains, nonetheless, a delicate technique which requires patience and expertise to complete to a high standard.
The art of kintsugi is appreciated as much today for its philosophical value as for its practical application. Kintsugi teaches us to view life through a different lens - one where broken things are not seen as useless (and therefore disposable) but as even more precious because of their flaws.
By applying that very metaphor to ourselves we can begin to appreciate our own individuality and celebrate our differences.
The scars we bear are an important part of our history - we are made stronger and more beautiful for having them.
At Kintsugi Fusion we've put a twist on an ancient art and have merged old with new, East with West.
We source pre-loved ceramics and repair and recycle them using modern kintsugi techniques.
Our distinctive bowls, plates and pendants are made from genuine items of broken porcelain, stoneware or china. And because every break is different, so too is every repair - ensuring that no two kintsugi pieces are alike.
Handcrafted and entirely unique, our items make stunning gifts and add a Japanese aesthetic to any room.
Recycling and repurposing is not a new concept. Throughout history people have found ways to extend the life of their possesions, either for sentimental reasons or through necessity.
Make do and mend and upcycling are terms familiar to the modern world and close to our hearts here at Kintsugi Fusion. We take pre-loved items and proudly highlight all their scars and weaknesses, restoring them to more than their former glory.
Nothing is wasted. If a piece of pottery is unsuitable for restoration we find ways to continue its journey in another form, such as creating several of our unique pendants or fridge magnets.
Not even the tiniest fragments are discarded and leftover ceramic pieces are made available to crafters, finding new purpose in mosaics and art installations.
We try, where possible, to use recycled goods in all our products, such as the kimono silks and fabric used in our scented sachets and machine-sewn framed images.