Traditional Kintsugi Intensive Course

Learn basic traditional Kintsugi techniques in Melbourne!

2 x 2 hours Class size 1 to 8

label $385 (or 4 payments of $96.25 Afterpay)

In this intensive two-day weekend course for beginners in Melbourne, you will be guided by Jun Morooka and learn how to repair pottery using the traditional Japanese Kintsugi method.

This technique is perfect to restore your favourite items instead of throwing them away, which contributes to a zero-waste lifestyle while keeping a beautifully restored and now unique piece.

We will use a natural material including Urushi lacquer. Urushi is very delicate and need to be controlled humidity and temperature, otherwise, it doesn’t set. We will teach you how to make natural glue and putty from Urushi as well.

This course is not a course for making a beautiful Kintsugi art at the class, but you can learn how to repair with the traditional kintsugi method using natural materials.

Over the course of the weekend, you will have three Kintsugi lessons that run for one-and-a-half to two hours each lesson, dependent on your pace.

The classes will consist of lots of instruction and practical making time. You will leave this intensive workshop with lots of experience, information and written materials necessary to continue to work on your broken pieces at home.

The schedule for each weekend is as follows:

Day 1 (Saturday)

  • Lesson 1: 12:45 pm - 2.30 pm
  • Lesson 2: 2:45 pm - 4.15 pm

Day 2 (Sunday)
  • Lesson 3: 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Please note:
  • Kintsugi is a time-consuming job and you need all sessions for repairing one provided plate, which means you do not have time to repair your own pieces at the class.
  • We do not recommend this course if you have an allergy to Urushi lacquer.
  • Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
  • In-depth knowledge of the Kintsugi
  • A repaired Kintsugi plate
  • Textbook
  • Original box for Kintsugi plate
  • Cloth for Kintsugi plate
  • Certificate of completion
  • Tea time
What to bring
We will prepare all materials which include a broken plate.
Please bring your own apron.
Session repeats

This class series runs over 2 consecutive days.

Kintsugi Australia is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

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We provide washed and tumble dried cotton gloves, disposable gloves for each students. There is a protective screen between instructor and students. We use sanitiser to clean tables, chairs and door knobs. All materials are cleaned with alcohol before the each classes. The sanitisers are also available for each students.

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

Your teacher
Kintsugi Australia
Kintsugi Australia

Knowledge of Kinstugi from 5 masters

5.0 (1000)

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 only in Sydney main studio, but online Dojo is starting in February 2022.

Beginner’s, Traditional and Kintsugi accessory courses are held in Melbourne nearly every month 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.

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.

Kintsugi Australia Team

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

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Raymond Su May 2022

Jun is a very knowledgeable and friendly teacher, and we had a great time learning from him!

Lisa Luu May 2022

Thank you Jun for teaching my partner and I how to learn how to do Kintsugi traditionally! Jun is very friendly and patient, I would highly recommend how to learn to fix your ceramics with him.

Jeremy Drake Apr 2022

This class was exactly what I was after. The class was a small group (on purpose) so the instructor could give demonstrations, watch each of us and give ongoing feedback. The lessons were logically structured and well paced. I thought it was good value for money (a work book and all the materials were provided) and we even got afternoon tea. The two day course felt like a proper cultural experience and I left feeling like I had a new skill that I could develop. I'd really recommend the course to other people wanting to learn the traditional Japanese kintsugi method.

Tresna Lee Mar 2022

A brilliant workshop! I was initially hesitant to book a two days workshop but really enjoyed the in-depth class and I soon realised why it was necessary to have it over two seperate days.

I thought the mix of learning, hands on activity and the review at the end of each stage of the process really helped me to understand the process in more depth. It was obvious that different learning styles had been considered and I really appreciated that aspect.

I'm excited to have a new mindful hobby that I can continue to develop over the coming years and I can't wait to attend the dojo sessions!

Trevor Lawson Mar 2022

Absolutely top notch workshop.
Jun and Hitomi were wonderful hosts and teaches of this fantastic Art.
Materials, manner of teaching, venue; Basically everything was done to a very high standard.
Being an instructor/trainer myself, I place Kintsugi Australia right up there with the best.

Thank you so much for your time, patience and wisdom. We are both excited to try and keep this beautiful, ancient art alive.

Trevor and Faye Lawson.

Pottery workshop review by Trevor Lawson

Shima Ibuki Feb 2022

Excellent introduction to the art of Kintsugi! All the materials were provided, including a broken plate, and we were taught the traditional method, compressed into one weekend (it usually takes weeks). Looking forward to doing more with Kintsugi Australia and improving my technique!

Traditional Kintsugi Intensive Course review by Shima Ibuki

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Karen Grant Feb 2020

Venue was a bit too hot. It was a very warm weekend but an electric fan would have made the experience more comfortable.

The class content was very good and the tea break a very nice idea.

Barbara Semler Feb 2020

I really enjoyed today . Jun was friendly a good teacher and very helpful
A very easy location to get to

Anita Hustas Sep 2019

The Kintsugi class run by Jun and Hitomi was a great introduction to this artform. Thanks for the teaching and inspiration, I look forwards to next time.

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