The History of Kintsugi: the Art of Japanese Pottery Repair

The History of Kintsugi: the Art of Japanese Pottery Repair

ClassBento Team

Kintsugi, which means golden joinery, is a Japanese method of ceramic repair. It involves mending the broken pieces with a gold lacquer or dust, which is why it is often referred to as Japanese gold repair. Silver or platinum can also be used.

The story goes that a 15th century ruler, Shogun Yashimasa sent one of his tea bowls back to China to be repaired. When it was returned, he was very disappointed with the finished result. So, he asked his Japanese craftsmen to find a more aesthetic method of repairing the bowl. The solution was to emphasise the cracks in the bowl and beautify, rather than try to conceal them. Thus Kintsugi was born, and became so popular that people started breaking their ceramics on purpose, just so they could repair them using this art. 

The idea of not trying to hide the defect ties in with the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which embraces deformities. The concept is that life is full of knocks, breaks and malformations and these should be accepted and enjoyed.

Kintsugi is an ancient art form but fits so well  with the new modern way of up cycling items to reduce unnecessary waste. So rather than throw away your vase or old mug, why not make it even more beautiful and remember imperfections can make life even more beautiful. 


Kintsugi for beginners

Kintsugi is a fantastic choice if you're looking for fun things to do on the weekend in Sydney, or want to make beautiful handmade gifts for loved ones. On ClassBento we have two incredible Kintsugi teachers in Sydney who run Kintsugi classes and workshops: 

Yoko Kawada is a designer and maker of homewares products and started to practice Kintsugi a few years ago in Japan so she could incorporate the unique nature of the Japanese traditional craft into her design. She now also runs Art Kintsugi - Mindful Golden Restoration workshops every Wednesday and Saturday. 

Art Kintsugi


Jun Morooka originally moved from Tokyo to Sydney in the mid eighties, and it wasn't until 20 years later that be returned to Japan to pursue the art of Kinstugi. In Japan, Jun studied the art from five Kinstugi masters and has returned to Sydney to share his knowledge with anyone who wants to learn.  Jun runs Beginner's Kintsugi Half Day workshops daily, as well as a Two-Day Intensive Traditional Kintsugi Workshop every weekend. 

 




Pottery workshops

Make Your Own Teapot Workshop

date_range Sat 4 Jan at 10am

location_on Bundeena

1 to 10

label $129 - $149

4.9 (37)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Sun 5 Jan at 1pm

location_on Bundeena

1 to 6

label $129 - $149

4.9 (31)

Introduction to Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Rose Bay

1 to 2

label $170 - $220

5.0 (25)

Beginners Pottery Classes

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Crows Nest

1 to 30

label $180

4.9 (19)

2k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Brisbane

4 to 10

label $130

2k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $130

2k

Mindful Gold Pottery Restoration Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 6

label $100 - $120

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $120

5.0 (42)

Learn Wheel Throwing for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on St Peters

1 to 2

label $130

4.9 (9)

1k

Beginners Clay Hand Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kew

10 to 20

label $100

Adult Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Croydon

1 to 15

label $140 - $175

Ceramic Molding Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

1 to 15

label $50

Ceramics Mark Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

6 to 10

label $145

2k

Traditional Kintsugi Weekend Intensive Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $385

5.0 (1)

Kids Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

10 to 15

label $180

Mindful Ceramic Workshop

date_range Thu 10 Oct at 10am

location_on Fremantle

1 to 10

label $249

23k

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

date_range 16 Oct, 20 Oct

location_on Croydon

1 to 4

label $300

5.0 (2)

Ceramic Slip Casting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

1 to 7

label $270

25k

Pottery Handbuilding Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Balcatta

1 to 10

label $175

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $130

2k

Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Thornbury

10 to 20

label $120

28k

Slab Platters Ceramics Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

5 to 14

label $95

2k

"potter-y" Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 15

label $30

2k

Pinch Pot Ceramics Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

5 to 14

label $95

2k

Date Night Clay Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Tugun

1 to 10

label $100

Private Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Tugun

1 to 2

label $149

Pottery and Sculpture Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $163

5.0 (1)

Paper Clay Sculpture Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $127

Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 8

label $120

2k

Masterful Mess Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $30

2k

Galaxy Themed Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $30

4.0 (1)

2k

Ceramic Painting Workshop

date_range Sun 22 Sep at 10am

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $20

2k

Beginner's Adult Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 15

label $40

1k

Mobile Group Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 20

label $50

1k

Kintsugi Makie Painting Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

1 to 3

label $85

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kilsyth South

1 to 15

label $95

5.0 (2)

Kids Pottery Workshop

date_range Thu 3 Oct at 1pm

location_on West Footscray

1 to 30

label $30

7k

3k+

Ceramic Hand Building and Printing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 8

label $225

7k

3k+

Porcelain Slip Casting and Mould Making Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

4 to 10

label $180

1k

Traditional Kintsugi Basic Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $385

5.0 (1)

Mindful Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $139

23k

Stoneware Ceramics Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Windsor

8 to 20

label $165

8k

Introduction to Ceramics Class

date_range Sat 21 Sep at 10am

location_on West Footscray

4 to 30

label $90 - $100

7k

3k+

Team Building Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kilsyth South

8 to 15

label $120

Pop Up Kintsugi Workshop

date_range 5 dates available

location_on Potts Point

1 to 4

label $100

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop (Melbourne)

date_range 23 Nov, 24 Nov

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $120

4.9 (15)

Traditional Kintsugi 2days Intensive Course (Mel)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $385

5.0 (2)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 2

label $95

1k

Clay Hand Building Class

date_range Sun 13 Oct at 10am

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $100 - $130

2k

Basic Ceramic Glazing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

4 to 30

label $100 - $110

7k

3k+

Beginner's Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

4 to 10

label $85

1k+

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $130

2k

Pottery Salad Bowl & Jug Making

date_range Sat 28 Sep at 10am

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $165

2k

Pottery Serving Platters and Dishes Workshop

date_range 06 Oct, 24 Nov

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Pottery Mug or Tumbler Set Making Workshop

date_range 20 Oct, 16 Nov

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop (Wheel Throwing)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $135

2k

Pottery Workshop Incense Holder and Jewellery Dish

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Applecross

4 to 3

label $105

2k

Pottery Vase & Planter Workshop

date_range Sat 12 Oct at 10am

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Wheel Throwing & Wine Night

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $145

2k

Adults Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 10

label $320

2k

Build a Pot for a Plant Pottery Workshop

date_range Sun 10 Nov at 10am

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 40

label $120

2k

Kids Pottery Class (7-16 Years)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $240

2k

Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mordialloc

4 to 10

label $65

5.0 (1)

2k

Hand Build a Ceramic Pot Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on O'Connor

5 to 20

label $120

2k

Beginners Pottery Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

6

label $180

1k

Introductory Kintsugi Art Workshop

date_range 15 Sep, 16 Oct

location_on Marrickville

1 to 6

label $100

5.0 (2)

Pottery & Plonk

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 15

label $85

1k

Group Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $120

5.0 (2)

Kintsugi- Golden Ceramic Mending Workshop (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $120

5.0 (2)

Private Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bondi

8 to 20

label $100

Make Your Own Garden Olla Pottery Workshop

date_range Tue 24 Sep at 3pm

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 10

label $90

1k

Basic Japanese Handmade Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $180

Introduction to Handmade Japanese Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $270

5.0 (1)


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