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.”

Even within a smaller art community such as the Japanese traditional arts, there are disagreements about the value of different kinds of arts. Consider the artistic value of a piece of pottery vs the artistic value or a broken piece of pottery fixed kintsugi-style.