KINTSUGI 

GOLD LACQUER REPAIR

Gold Lacquer Repair was developed in Japan to repair tea bowls for the tea ceremony in the 16th century. It was then thought that an object to which Gold lacquer repair had been applied to was more valuable.

Although a refined tree sap called urushi is traditionally used in this process, conferring strength to an object after the repair, current practices use an epoxy resin due to the high toxicity of the traditional method.

The example below is of a rice bowl repaired with epoxy resin and gold powder. 

RED & BLACK RICE BOWL

This earthenware bowl had huge sentimental value to its owners. They wanted to repair it in a way that its history and memory would be preserved thus considering the gold repair technique.

I used genuine 23ct gold powder, which does not tarnish, but silver and other metallic powders are available upon request.

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A bag of shards

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Inside a bag of shards

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Sorting shards and clean dust from edges

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Attaching shards with conservation-grade adhesive whilst holding them in place with tape

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A complete rice bowl

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Filling areas of loss and breaklines

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Gold powder applied to inside

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Complete bowl

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Complete bowl

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Complete bowl

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Complete bowl

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