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Kintsugi

Updated: Apr 10, 2018


For a while I’ve been interested in Kintsugi (golden joinery), also known as Kintsukuroi (golden repair) which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum.  It treats breakage as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.  So when I received this very appropriate shoe plaque with a Christmas card from my friend Angela and it had got broken in the post I thought it would be an ideal time to try out my very own Kintsugi.  I’m not using lacquer though – I’m attempting to repair the break using ‘Mender Friend’ from Potterycrafts (which is brilliant if you've never tried it) and I’ll be firing the piece tomorrow along with the shoes I’ve been glazing.  Then I’ll ‘decorate’ the join with glaze and lustres to hopefully give the same effect as gold dusted lacquer.

So this is the kiln packed with 6 pairs of shoes all at different stages of being glazed – some already have parts glazed and fired, others are going in with their first bit of glaze on. 



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