kintsugi: the poetic mend
a broken pot is made whole again, and within its golden repair we see a world of meaning. kintsugi is the art of embracing imperfection.
in western cultures, the aim of repair has been to make the broken item 'as good as new'. kintsugi on the other hand, is a japanese art that leaves an obvious repair - one that may appear fragile, but which actually makes the restored ceramic piece stronger, more beautiful, and more valuable than before. leaving clear, bold, visible lines with the appearance of solid gold, it never hides the story of the object's damage.
Author Bonnie Kemske explores kintsugi's metaphorical power as well as exploring the technical and practical aspects of the art, meeting with artists and ceramists in Japan and the US to discuss their personal connection to this intricate technique.
hardback, 176 pages.
23.4 x 29cm