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 Runs regularly

location_on Bundeena

1 to 10

label $129 - $149

4.9 (37)

Introduction to Pottery Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Bundeena

1 to 6

label $129 - $149

4.9 (31)

Introduction to Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rose Bay

1 to 2

label $170 - $220

5.0 (26)

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

3k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Albert Park

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Mindful Gold Pottery Restoration Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Marrickville

2 to 6

label $100 - $110

5.0 (2)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 10

label $120

5.0 (73)

Learn Wheel Throwing for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on St Peters

1 to 2

label $130

4.8 (16)

1k

Clay Hand Building Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fortitude Valley

6 to 30

label $75

19k

Beginners Clay Hand Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Kew

10 to 20

label $100

Adult Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

10 to 15

label $140 - $175

5.0 (1)

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 Your choice of time

location_on Fremantle

6 to 10

label $249

23k

Beginners' and Intermediate Ceramics Courses

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Croydon

3 to 4

label $300

4.8 (4)

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

12 to 45

label $175

11k

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

4 to 10

label $130

3k

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

Clay, Coffee and Cake 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

2k

Private Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Tugun

1 to 2

label $149

2k

Pottery and Sculpture Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $167

5.0 (2)

Paper Clay Sculpture Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $127

Kintsugi Golden Joinery Workshop

date_range Sat 29 Feb, 10am

location_on Marrickville

1 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 Your choice of time

location_on Burswood

6 to 14

label $20

2k

Beginner's Adult Pottery Class

date_range 11 Dec, 12 Dec

location_on Ballarat Central

1 to 15

label $40

5.0 (2)

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

Kintsugi Accessory Workshop for Beginners

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sydney

1 to 10

label $88 - $143

4.9 (12)

Introduction to Wheel Throwing Pottery Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Kilsyth South

1 to 15

label $95

5.0 (5)

Kids Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

6 to 30

label $30

7k

3k+

Ceramics Surface Design Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

3 to 8

label $380 - $400

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 21 Dec, 28 Dec

location_on Sydney

1 to 6

label $385

5.0 (4)

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 Your choice of time

location_on West Footscray

4 to 30

label $95 - $110

3k+

7k

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 Contact for details

location_on Potts Point

1 to 4

label $100

5.0 (6)

Beginner's Kintsugi Workshop (Melbourne)

date_range 08 Feb, 09 Feb

location_on Melbourne

1 to 8

label $120

4.9 (21)

Traditional Kintsugi 2days Intensive Course (Mel)

date_range Sat 8 Feb, 1:30pm

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 $125

5.0 (1)

1k

Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mordialloc

4 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

5.0 (1)

1k+

Beginner's Pottery Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Canberra

4 to 10

label $130

3k

Pottery Salad Bowl & Jug Making

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Applecross

4 to 6

label $165

2k

Pottery Serving Platters and Dishes Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Applecross

4 to 8

label $145

2k

Pottery Mug or Tumbler Set Making Workshop

date_range Contact for details

location_on Applecross

4 to 8

label $145

2k

Clay Hand Building Class: Pottery, Wine and Soul

date_range Sat 25 Jan, 7pm

location_on West Perth

1 to 20

label $145

2k

Pottery Wheelwork Workshop (Wheel Throwing)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Applecross

4 to 6

label $130

5.0 (3)

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 14 Dec, 10am

location_on Applecross

1 to 8

label $145

2k

Wheel Throwing & Wine Night

date_range Fri 20 Dec, 7pm

location_on Applecross

1 to 6

label $145

5.0 (1)

2k

Adults Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 10

label $320

5.0 (1)

2k

Build a Pot for a Plant Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mordialloc

6 to 40

label $120

5.0 (2)

2k

Kids Pottery Course (7-16 Years)

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $240

2k

Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 10

label $65

5.0 (2)

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 Sun 9 Feb, 2pm

location_on Cammeray

1 to 6

label $190 - $200

1k

Introductory Kintsugi Art Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 6

label $100 - $120

5.0 (4)

Pottery and Plonk Hand Building Workshop

date_range 15 Feb, 14 Mar

location_on Cammeray

1 to 25

label $95 - $115

5.0 (1)

1k

Group Kintsugi Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

5.0 (2)

Kintsugi- Golden Ceramic Mending Workshop (Mobile)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

5 to 10

label $150

5.0 (2)

Private Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Bondi

8 to 20

label $100

Handmade Overgrazed Teacup & Saucer

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Rosebery

1 to 6

label $99

Make Your Own Garden Olla Pottery Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ballarat Central

6 to 10

label $90

1k

Ceramic Painting Class for Adults

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $50

1k

Clay Sculpture Class with a Model

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $70

1k

Clay Sculpture Class for Team Building

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $75

1k

Basic Japanese Handmade Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $180

5.0 (1)

Introduction to Handmade Japanese Pottery Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Artarmon

1 to 10

label $270

5.0 (1)

Introductory Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $77

5.0 (2)

1k

Introductory Pottery Glazing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 25

label $77

1k

Intermediate Wheel Throwing Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $198

1k

Advanced Wheel Throwing Course

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Sheldon

1 to 5

label $990

1k

Ceramic Painting Class for Kids (7-18 Years)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $50

1k

Hand Building Pottery Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Marrickville

1 to 10

label $115 - $125

5.0 (6)

1k

Sip and Paint Christmas Ceramics Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $75

1k

Christmas Ceramic Painting Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Cammeray

10 to 30

label $50

1k

Hand Building with Clay Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 50

label $140

30k

19k+

Beginners Pottery Wheel Throwing Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Ballarat Central

5 to 6

label $120

1k

Ceramic Hand Building Class

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Fitzroy

1 to 40

label $140

30k

19k+

Pottery Course: Make Some Magic

date_range Contact for details

location_on Bondi

1 to 7

label $399

Ceramic Club

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $160

2k

Kintsugi Ceramic Repair Course

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Sydney

1 to 3

label $120

Wheel Throwing Class: Pottery Date Night

date_range 12 Dec, 19 Dec

location_on Perth

1 to 6

label $185

2k

Terrazzo Workshop: Coasters

date_range Sun 23 Feb, 4:30pm

location_on Newstead

1 to 20

label $155

30k

19k+

Clay Hand Building Class for Kids Holiday Program

date_range 16 Jan, 21 Jan

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 12

label $50

2k

Wheel Throwing Class for Teens Holiday Program

date_range 16 Jan, 21 Jan

location_on Mordialloc

1 to 8

label $50

2k

Clay Hand Building Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Cammeray

1 to 30

label $95

1k

Clay Hand Building Workshop for Christmas

date_range Sat 14 Dec, 2:30pm

location_on Cammeray

1 to 20

label $45 - $75

1k

Clay Hand Building 101 Workshop

date_range Runs regularly

location_on Redfern

1 to 40

label $90

30k

19k+

Clay Planter Workshop

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Fortitude Valley

4 to 25

label $80

Superhero Puppet Making Class

date_range Sun 12 Jan, 1:30pm

location_on St Kilda

1 to 15

label $30 - $50

Ceramic Painting Class for Kids

date_range Your choice of time

location_on St Leonards

5 to 20

label $35

2k


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