The art of Repair: Kintsugi at wagumi London Craft Week 2019
Wagumi’s popular kintsugi workshops will again this year offer the chance to connect with the Japanese art of repair. Kintsugi practitioner Iku Nishikawa will give accessible instruction on how, with traditional techniques, broken ceramics can attain a beautiful afterlife.
The moment of breakage, can be a moment of beginning. This is one of the spirits that guides the Japanese craft of kintsugi, a process that uses lacquer, sealants and metal powder in the repair of broken items. More than just an act of repair however, kintsugi creates a new narrative on the impermanence of things by highlighting the lines on which they break.
Humans are within nature and can not control it, but they can adapt and create beauty when the chance arises - something that kintsugi embodies. Iku Nishikawa is a practitioner in kintsugi, versed in its principles and techniques. During LCW 2019, she will offer simple introductions to the craft at the wagumi shop in Oxo Tower.
Including some shortcuts, the workshops are intended as an entry to a deeper art. Work will be done on small plates from the Kutani-ware tradition, and incense holders, that participants will be able to keep. Wagumi will also offer kintsugi sets for sale, alongside its normal range of Japanese crafts.
This is non-refundable item.
*Including materials, tools, instruction and a
Japanese small plate , incense holder to work on and take home.
Only for wagumi site visitors, we offer four VIP workshop.
Date & Time - 4 sessions per day
Thu 9th May / Sat 11th May/ Sun 12th May
Time 4 sessions:
Session 1: 11:30-13:30
Session 2: 13;30-15:30
Session 3: 16:00-18:00
*Each session will take 2.0hours approximately.
**During the workshops we request that you do not bring your own items of broken ceramics.
This is for reasons of time, as it is unlikely to be possible to complete an adequate repair job within the duration available. Rather we hope that within the workshop you will be able to acquire some of the skills to approach kintsugi at home. Our expert instructor would hope to offer advise on the specific challenges of any items you may have.