Introduction to Kintsugi, The Art of Repairing Broken Pottery

June 3 - June 4, 2023

Introduction to Kintsugi, The Art of Repairing Broken Pottery


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375

Kintsugi (Japanese:金継ぎ, ‘golden joinery or golden repair’) is a traditional technique of ceramic restoration, using urushi lacquer as an adhesive and powdered gold as a decoration. In this demo-workshop, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the traditional Kintsugi methodology. PowerPoint slides and in-depth demonstrations will cover histories and methods of traditional ceramic restoration, the thought process of repairing broken pottery, an introduction to the materials used in the traditional Kintsugi method, demonstrations of each Kintsugi step on broken and chipped ceramic pieces, an introduction to other arts inspired by Kintsugi, and the understanding of aesthetics behind the Kintsugi technique: appreciating imperfection and impermanence. *Urushi lacquer will cause allergic reactions such as skin rash. Participants will be observing the demonstrations and are not recommended to touch urushi lacquer.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult




Makomako is a New York based Kintsugi artist and Chanoyu practitioner. The breaking of a tea bowl led her to the study of Kintsugi – the Japanese art of ceramic restoration using urushi lacquer and gold. She studied with Japanese lacquer master and Kintsugi specialist Gen Saratani in 2018 and continued her studies with Chinese lacquer specialist Rongqiang Wu (Qifenzui Studio) in 2019. Recently, she has been polishing her Kintsugi skills while researching specific techniques. She greatly enjoys working with her hands and has restored earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, Yixing ware, as well as other objects made from agate, jade, glass, and resin.

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