Art of Kintsugi Workshop - Private

Learn Japanese craft of Kintsugi - golden ceramic joinery

4 hours 1 to 4

label $100 - $120 or 4 payments of $25 - $30 Afterpay
(Earlybird price of $100 applies if you book into a public session 7+ days ahead, otherwise $120 per guest when you book for 1 guest, $100 for 2+ guests)


To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we recommend that you try one of our online classes instead

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If you still want to attend this class, please first consider government restrictions in NSW. If you are currently allowed to attend, but are later prevented from doing so, we will either postpone your booking, or refund you. You are always welcome to gift this class.

This is temporary Kintsugi private workshop with same contents as our regular class.

We are very aware of your concern of attending workshops due to COVID-19 ...
As for now we only host our classes privately from one person or close group (friends and family up to 4 people) so that you will have an opportunity to learn the art of Kintsugi in safe and comfortable environment.
Booking system only shows number of students is up to 2, although if you are group of 4, please contact to me to increase the number.
If those dates/time are not for you, please also contact to me, we are happy to create your class.
Workshop fee will remain as usual class, no extra surcharge for private session.

Kintsugi - the golden ceramic joinery workshop is tailored to appreciate the ancient Japanese art and craft and create your own Kintsugi art in a relaxed private art studio.

In this 3 - 4 hours step by step hands-on workshop, you will learn Modern Kintsugi method in detail, following the principal of ancient Kintsugi utelizing more accesible alternative materials which enable us to complete the process within the class.

The process includes the repair of damaged pieces (broken, cracked, missing fragments), preparation of the surface, then a decorative finish with Japanese lacquer and gold (brass) powder.

For each workshop, we will select ceramics you repair, from local ceramicists, Japanese kilns, vintage items etc.

Upon completion you will take home a Kintsugi art piece you create.

All materials will be provided. (We will prepare a ceramic item for you to repair)

There will be a short break with tea and refreshment

Custom private workshops to repair your own ceramic is available uopn request.

Kintsugi Room at Monster Mouse Studios
Workshop is now held in a cozy private studio room in Inner West Art Hub which gives you plenty of creative inspication.
We have face masks for everyone including teachers and hand sanitizer to conduct workshop in safe environment.

What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi is the century-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with Japanese lacquer (Urushi) dusted with powdered gold giving a new life to when otherwise items would be thrown away. In the recent years this craftsmanship has been regarded as an important traditional art to influence on Modern art around the world.

Kintsugi express Wabi-Sabi philosophy, an embracing of imperfection, whilst appreciating artefact’s history and personal memories. Instead of disguising the damages and bringing them to the original state, Kintsugi emphasise the defects with gold, symbolises life.

Kintsugi art dates back to the 14th century when Tea ceremony began to spread in Japan to repair the precious tea sets. The technique has developed and changed since. It is said that archaeologist claimed there are evidences of earthenware during Jomon period (14,000 – 300 BCE) in Japan were repaired using the lacquer.

Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners. Suitable for anyone over 16 years old. Not recommended if you are pregnant (due to resin glue)
What you'll get
A completed Kintsugi art work
What to bring
Please wear something comfortable that can get dusty.
Spectacle (for details work) if you normally wear them.

Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a great Mother's Day gift idea.


Monster Mouse Studios - 9 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

Your teacher can also travel within 20km of Marrickville for private classes

Your teacher
Art Kintsugi Sydney
Art Kintsugi Sydney

Kintsugi teachers

4.9 (22)

Yoko Kawada
Designer/maker of homeware products including tile art of SQUARE+ROUND Basin, MONO Tray and collaboration work of Kintsugi with international artists and artisan.
I studied interior design in London late 1990 and established solo trade business as Yoko Kawada in 2016.
My design is influenced by multiple countries I have been in the past searching materials and creative process both in traditional way and with technology.
I started to practice Kintsugi a few years ago in Japan to incorporate its unique nature of the Japanese traditional craft into my design.
I run Kintsugi workshops to share the joy of learning this Japanese craft full of surprises and contradictions.

Chizuru is a Japanese visual artist living in Sydney since 2016 and graduated from Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE in 2018.
"I have been involved in creativity almost half of my life mainly from pottery and painting on ceramics, and I received several ceramic art and printmaking awards in Japan.
Recently, I am painting and drawing based on Australian and Japanese culture.
My passion is to introduce Japanese art, craft and culture through the workshops."


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Verified reviews

• Jan 2020

Fantastic class. Yoko was an excellent teacher who patiently and expertly took me through the steps of kintsugi. The materials were well prepared and easy to use. Venue was handy. Delicious refreshments offered throughout the class. Yoko gave historical background to the process as well as many ideas about how I could use my new skill on different ceramics. Would highly recommend this class.

Pottery workshop review by Louise Dungate Sydney

• Dec 2019

We had a wonderful time learning kintsugi from Yoko san. She is a very good teacher, responding to any sort of question or technical matter quickly.

The class was done privately so that we were able to relax more at her studio. Her class is well organised, very enjoyable.
We respect her artistic personality, that’s the reason why we chose to learn from her. Not only did she teach us the physical techniques, but also the history and culture behind kintsugi. She also introduced us to different types and techniques which leads to more creative ideas.

We are grateful that Yoko san generously shared her precious knowledge and kintsugi skills with us.

r & y

• Nov 2019

I was lucky to spend my birthday working alongside Yoko, and learning this incredible art on a one on one basis. It taught me quiet patience, perseverance, and was a wonderful exercise in mindfulness.

Pottery workshop review by Angela Lykousis Sydney

• Nov 2019

The Kintsugi class with Yoko was fabulous. The venue was great - plenty of space, all required materials and equipment was provided and the class was incredibly well organised and beautifully presented. Yoko is clearly very skilled and was very generous in sharing her skills and knowledge. It was a very enjoyable morning and I took home a beautiful creation. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who enjoys beautiful things.

• Jun 2019

Yoko san was a wonderful, patient teacher who is very knowledgeable about Kintsugi. She provided all the materials required and I left with a lovely piece.
I will definitely be practicing Kintsugi again as a result of this workshop.

• Apr 2019

We had a great day and were really pleased with our creations. The teachers were very knowledgeable!

Kintsugi Workshop: Mindful Evening Practice review by Linda Hattersley
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