The Ancient Japanese Art Of Mending Broken Pottery

Learn how to do Kintsugi from Art Kintsugi Sydney at The Japan Foundation, Sydney in a hands-on three hour beginners’ workshop. Here, you’ll learn the foundational techniques of Kintsugi using modern materials that are easy to source so anyone can apply the technique in their daily life. When you’re done, bring home your very own Kintsugi object and fall in love with its imperfections.

At each workshop, you’ll be able to mend back together and take away a different piece of ceramic from famous pottery towns in Japan.


May 9 (Saturday)
Bookings open March 26
Enjoy porcelain ware from Arita, Saga Prefecture. Arita is most famously known for fine porcelain that is exported domestically, as well as to China and Europe. Traditional Arita ware can be distinguished by intricate designs with blue pigment that have a Chinese influence.

May 16 (Saturday)
Bookings open April 2
Learn about the wide variety of pottery that is all encompassing of Mino ware, which is the name given to ceramics produced in the Tono area of Gifu Prefecture. In the 16th century, many famous pieces of tea ceremony wares were made in Mino, from tea bowls to flower vases and tea containers. Now Mino ware makes up 50% of the Japanese ceramics market, with many ceramicists producing traditional wares along with more contemporary wares.

May 23 (Saturday)
Bookings open April 9
This workshop focuses on bright, vivid-coloured ceramics called Kutani ware from Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture. Kutani ceramics are identifiable by over painting and lavish aesthetics, achieved with the use of bold colours such as blue, green, yellow, purple and red. It is said that the people of the region grew to prefer brightly-coloured ceramics as a contrast to the long, grey winters.

Dating back to 16th century Japan, Kintsugi is the art of joining broken objects, most commonly bowls and cups with lacquer, putty and glue and finishing with gold powder. Kintsugi is built on the idea of embracing flaws and imperfections, giving new life and beauty to objects that are traditionally considered broken and unusable. The timelessness of restoring objects to a state of continued usability relates deeply to the Seikatsu Kogei movement of intentional living.

These workshops are for ages 16 and up. Pregnant individuals are advised not to attend.

Booking fees apply

The Japan Foundation, Sydney, Chippendale NSW, Australia
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