Article: Kintsugi: The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold

“Poetically translated to“golden joinery,” Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than rejoin ceramic pieces with a camouflaged adhesive, the Kintsugi technique employs a special tree sap lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Once completed, beautiful seams of gold glint in the conspicuous cracks of ceramic wares, giving a one-of-a-kind appearance to each “repaired” piece.”

The process in this particular kind of art is very different from other kinds of art. There are two artists involved: the original potter and the artist who repairs the broken item/

One of the “end results,” to repair a broken piece of pottery, is also unique. In this RLE it could be argued either way as to whether the process or the end result is more important. Either way, the focus of the discussion needs to be squarely on knowledge.