Ceramic vase repaired
I was approached by a friend to repair this vase, it had sentimental value as it had belong to her Grandmother.
A hand thrown pot made of a white stoneware, fired and glazed with added oxides around the rim.
I felt that this lovely green glaze would lend itself to the method and philosophy of Kintsugi.
Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi ("golden repair"),is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, sliver or platinum , a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Kintsugi became closely associated with ceramic vessels used for chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony). One theory is that kintsugi may have originated when Japanese shogun Asikaga Ashikaga sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs in the late 15th century. When it was returned, repaired with ugly metal staples, it may have prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for a more aesthetic means of repair. Collectors became so enamored of the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.
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Phillipa Durkin, paper conservator