There is something rather magical about the Japanese art form of Kintsugi and how it transforms something broken, or in the traditional sense imperfect, and makes it more beautiful and into a work of art of its own. Instead of hiding away the repairs so that the user or viewer cannot see them, Kintsugi celebrates them and makes them into the focal point. Kintsugi means quite literally ‘golden joinery’ or ‘to join with gold.’ In fact, Kintsugi is a practice that suggests that repair can make things better than they were when brand new. Using Kintsugi in your work can really add value to your pieces and, while sometimes it’s fiddly to create the effect, it can be quite exquisite.
This art form is unusually a beautiful practice in which they repair broken ceramics giving it a unique look. The idea behind this practice is to create something new out of broken things, cherishing its flaws and imperfections in the process. By using this as a metaphor for healing the human soul, the art teaches an important lesson of creating something beautiful and durable things out of broken things.
People usually are good at fixing broken things and try out their best to hide the flaws, while this unusual practice highlights Kintsugi’s importance. The fault lines looks imperfectly perfect when coated with gold over the broken pottery.