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.

Urushi is a refined tree sap used in this process, conferring strength to an object after the repair. However, due to its high toxicity, nowadays an epoxy resin must be used instead.

These images show two examples: a pink tea bowl repaired with Urushi and gold leaf and an Oil spot glazed rice bowl repaired with epoxy resin and gold powder.


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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