Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

Learn Modern Kintsugi from a experienced Japanese teacher



2 hours Class size 1 to 12

label $120 (or 4 payments of $30 Afterpay)

Learn about the art of Kintsugi, mending broken ceramics, by experienced Japanese lecturers. We teach two styles and show you the difference between traditional and modern Kintsugi. In this beginner’s Kintsugi workshop, modern materials are used such as epoxy glue and putty instead of traditional Urushi lacquer, to make it easy for anyone to learn.

However, even with modern materials, Kintsugi is a time-consuming job (our modern Kintsugi method is not just putting together your pieces with golden glue and making a gold line). While using modern materials, it follows the traditional Kintsugi process. Please enjoy the step-by-step process during the workshop.

This beginner's Kintsugi workshop is an original technique designed by Kintsugi Australia to make it easy for anyone to use the modern Kintsugi technique, especially those who live in Australia. We will explain to you where you can get the materials at local stores so you will be able to continue Kintsugi at home.

Unfortunately, you can not repair your own pieces in the class. You need a whole session for repairing the provided plate. The difficulty and required time depend on the number, size, thickness, hardness/softness, surface smoothness/roughness and shape of the pieces.

We would like all of the participants will be able to understand from start to end so we carefully chose the best materials for beginner students.

This is a beautiful art to learn while also helping with sustainability as you are not throwing things away. Let’s do Kintsugi!

Please note:

  • Please let us know if you have any allergies.
  • We do not recommend this workshop if you’re pregnant due to the use of epoxy glue and putty.
  • This workshop is held for adults (However, ages 12+ could join us with an adult.
  • Plates vary depending on availability
  • If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us below.


Knowledge required
Designed for beginners.
 
What you'll get
  • Knowledge of the method of modern Kintsugi
  • A brief History, philosophy
  • A beautiful repaired Kintsugi plate
  • Textbook
  • Tea time
What to bring
We will prepare a broken plate. You do not have time to repair your own pieces during the class, however, we can give you some advice if you bring some photos.

You do not have to bring anything, but it's a good idea to bring an apron or mask if you are considering about fine dust or the smell of epoxy glue.
Location

Suite 713, Level 7, 1 Queens Road (St Kilda Towers - 1 Queens Road, Melbourne VIC

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Kintsugi Australia is located in Sydney and the only organisation in Australia completely specialised in kintsugi, offering private and group lessons, repair and kintsugi artistic creations. After completing our course, the students can join the Kintsugi Dojo where they can continue to create their own work of art, and they can improve their technique to become kintsugi masters.

Kintsugi Dojo is available in Sydney studio, and also available when we visit Melbourne and Brisbane .

Beginner’s, Traditional and Kintsugi accessory courses are held in Melbourne every 4-6 weeks and occasionally in Brisbane.

Jun Morooka is a kintsugi master. He is an expert in the Traditional Kintsugi method with natural lacquer (urushi) and gold. He has also developed his own method using modern material, bringing innovation to an ancient technique. He accepts commissions to repair broken pottery and ceramics with kintsugi. (Sorry, but we stop accepting new repairs for a while)

Jun Morooka was born in Tokyo in 1959. He moved to Sydney in 1987 and in 2008 he started to manage a Japanese restaurant called JIPANG. He fell in love with kintsugi after watching a TV documentary. He decided to go back to Japan to train with five kintsugi masters in Kanazawa and Tokyo. In 2018, he established Kintsugi Australia in Sydney.


Jun Morooka teaches Traditional Kintsugi and Modern Kintsugi in Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, he exhibited his artwork at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. "Kibou" and "Negai" were displayed in the hospital to show that scars can become beautiful.

In June 2020, "Jikuu" was selected as a finalist in the 2020 Northern Beaches Art Prize - Open Category. The artwork was selected among over 800 entries and was displayed during an online exhibition (31 July - 30 September 2020).

Jun Morooka has appeared on a number of media outlets, such as ABC News and SBS Australia. An audio interview is available on SBS Japanese Radio and a video interview on SBS Australia Facebook page. He was also featured on ELLE DECOR (Spain).

Jun Morooka was invited to give a kintsugi lesson during the TV Show The Bachelor Australia aired on Channel 10 on the 17th of September 2020.

Jun and Hitomi Morooka were on the TV show The Livingroom on Channel 10 on the 21th of May 2021.

Jun Morooka were on the TV Show The Sydney Weekender aired on Channel 7 on the 18th of July 2021.

We hold a workshop in the Opera House as part of the 'Antidote' event on 11 September 2022.

We also hold workshops as a council event (such as Wagga Wagga, Orange, Wodonga) , corporate team buildings, and Hens Parties a lot.

Kintsugi Australia Team

  • Jun (Traditional Kintsugi Course, Beginner's Kintsugi workshop and Kintsugi DOJO)
  • Hitomi (Beginner's Kintsugi and Kintsugi Accessory workshop)
  • Kumi (Zoon online Beginner's Kintsugi workshop)
  • Noriko (Beginner's Kintsugi workshop)
  • Miyoko (Beginner's Kintsugi and Kintsugi Accessory workshop)
  • Masano (Beginner's Kintsugi workshop)

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FAQ
I have a small plate that I would like to repair. Can I fix it in the class?
Sam
If you learn the basics in my class, you can repair it yourself. But you can't repair your own dishes at the workshop, but I can give advice. The beginner class is suitable for quick restoration using epoxy resin. If you use lacquer and repair it in the same way as 500 years ago, we recommend my other class - the traditional gold Traditional Kintsugi class.
Can I eat off the Kintsugi plate we made in class?
Sam
Yes, you can use Modern Kintsugi plate but only for dry foods because the modern method uses chemical materials such like Epoxy glue. If you use Traditional kintsugi method, it’s safe for foods. We recommend you to use it occasionally not everyday use.

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