Pop Up Kintsugi Workshop

Learn the Japanese traditional art of golden ceramic mending

3 hours 1 to 4 label $100

This is a relaxed 3 hours workshop in small group set up in a private studio.
You will learn basics of how to restore damaged ceramics into a piece of art following Japanese art of Kintsugi.

Limited time pop up location in Potts Point, with multiple dates/time, during November. There are evening classes from 6pm as well, with a glass of wine upon completion!

What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi - the golden ceramic restoration - is the century-old Japanese art of repairing broken or cracked pottery with lacquer (Urushi) and powdered gold, silver, or platinum, 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.

At this workshop you will learn what we call Modern Kintsugi, which follows the principal and method of traditional Kintsugi using alternative materials which are less allergic and enable us to complete the whole process within the class.

Included : A ceramic to repair, all materials and light refreshment、a glass of wine (evening class)


Kintsugi express Wabi-Sabi philosophy, an embracing of imperfection and inner beauty, whilst appreciating artifact’s history and personal memories. Instead of disguising the damages to bring them to the original state, Kintsugi emphasise them by decorating with gold, object’s life does not simply end, Japanese mentality of “Mottai nai” (don’t waste).


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.

Please note

Please note that some of the materials we use are synthetic, therefore the items can not be used as dinnerware with food directly on them.

This class is suitable for anyone over 16 years, and not suitable if you are pregnant.

Knowledge Required
Must be over 16 years old. No previous experience, no skills required.
What you'll get
A completed kintsugi art work.
What to bring
Cloth that can get dusty. Eye glasses (if you use them normally for detailed work)
Suitable for

This class is ideal for individuals and couples as well as for a hens party, baby shower, birthday, special occasion, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.


Potts Point, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Art Kintsugi Sydney
Art Kintsugi Sydney

Kintsugi teachers

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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

• Oct 2019

Excellent value for money. Small class of three excellent teacher and great venue.
Ten out of ten .

• Oct 2019

This was such an enjoyable, expert and lovely workshop. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but Yoko was delightful and an excellent teacher and artist in guiding us through the lesson.
The art of kinstugi was very beautiful and the process very mindful. Would definitely go back to work in the studio!

• Sep 2019

This class was a mindful, artisanal and thoughtfully curated experience. I would definitely recommend! Yoko is an attentive and talented teacher. She had prepared all the materials and carefully explained and assisted with each step (while still encouraging us to be creative) based on her wealth of experience as an artist and as a teacher. She equips you to practise kintsugi after the workshop. We finished the class in her calming Potts Point apartment with a class of red wine on the balcony with a view of the city.

• Sep 2019

Yoko was lovely and a master of the craft. Gave some really interesting history on Kintsugi. Perfect morning with green tea, matcha biscuits and stunning views of the CBD!
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