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Kintsugi & kintsukuroi – The art of pottery mending with gold

The 400+ year old Japanese art of kintsugi (golden repair) or kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is a pottery repair method that honors the artifact’s unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, the break. An art form born from mottainaithe feeling of regret when something is wasted – the cracks are seamed with lacquer resin and powdered gold, silver, or platinum, and often reference natural forms like waterfalls, rivers, or landscapes. This method transforms the artifact into something new, making it more rare, beautiful, and storied than the original. 

kintsukuroi - mending with gold

Above, when mending becomes an art.

In the archives, more repairs: Havana Bikes, New York City’s pothole repair team, and La Mer de Pianos.

h/t Kottke.

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