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  • 15th Century Japanese Art

    The story of Kintsugi may have begun in the late 15th century, when the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China to be fixed. It returned held together with ugly metal staples. Ashikaga thought this was unacceptable. He challenged his Japanese craftsmen to find a new form of repair that could make a broken piece look as good as new, or better. They pulled the staples and mended the bowl with gold. To his delight, the bowl looked better for having been broken. Kintsugi was born.

  • Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi

    The term "kintsugi" or "kintsukuroi" means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese and refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold.

  • A Metaphor for Our Life

    When we view our lives as being of great worth, yet sometimes broken or even shattered, we begin to understand that no matter the trauma, despair, hurt, fear, abuse, failure, addiction, disease, and even death, our scars and wounds are just part of us. As we do, we also must look at those breaks as a place for beauty to transpire for the skilled hands of repair to fill with gold. Each time, we must see we are more beautiful for being broken.

BLOG: Finding Strength

Kintsugi Customer Feedback & Stories

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May 27, 2014

It has been a little over sixteen weeks since I uploaded the first pieces of Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi art to this website. My first customer, Kris, found my website within about two days. She emailed me she was concerned she couldn’t purchase a bowl. That was because I didn’t have a shopping cart ready. I wanted to stake my claim and just get the site out there! No advertising, no search engine optimization, no Etsy store, and no shopping cart. But Kris found me.

It has been a thrilling and fulfilling ride since then. I can happily say that I’ve sent over 120 pieces of Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi art to places around the world: Netherlands, Ireland, England, Croatia, Thailand, Germany, Australia, and Canada. People are looking for permission to give themselves hope, to fight the good fight, and, most importantly, to not give up. Kintsugi / Kintsukuroi Gifts seem to be helping with that.

Gifts Give Back


Through this I’ve also acquired wonderful friends with like-minded goals. Kris has become a friend and follows our Kintsugi Facebook page. Another new friend, Valerie Johns, is a mindful psychotherapist, writer, and artist in California. She has purchased several pieces from me. I have purchased beautiful art from her Jizo and Chibi store. Jizo & Chibi is handmade Buddhist jewelry of Jizo Boddhisatva, the protector of women, children and travelers. She wrote in her Blog how Kintsugi thinking is a peaceful and powerful way to live. We have exchanged a few emails and her comments and feedback have been a huge help to my purpose.

Customer Feedback


Below are some of the other wonderful comments I’ve received so far:

This beautiful piece made it safe and sound to me. Thank you so much, Paul! I love it! It now adorns my living room coffee table as a center piece where I can always see and appreciate its beauty. For those of us who are living Kintsugi, this means so much. 
Kris L.

I cannot wait to receive my little supply of Kintsugi gifts.  I have been chatting with a dear friend about the beauty in our lives that comes from repaired broken places.  These are the kinds of conversations one has when one is 50, no?
S.R.

I’m very grateful that you’ll send me this bowl!! I love it and will cherish it as a very special Gift.
M.F., Netherlands

I just ordered the Kintsugi heart from your website. It is a group gift from Social Work students who have been trained at the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health to our field instructor. We think that this is a perfect gift as she has trained us to heal broken hearts and lives of older adults. I read that the gift comes with a card that tells the story of Kintsugi - can you please give me dimensions of the card, as we would like to have it framed when we present it to her.
J.B.

I am looking to purchase a Kintsugi piece for my fiance. He is an Army veteran and is struggling with reintigrating into the civilian world after years in combat. He is challenged by PTSD every day and often feels as though he is broken. This is something that will be profoundly meaningful to him.
E.K.

Beautifully flawed, fast shipping, and included the history of Kintsugi! It made the perfect sentimental gift for my significant other, he absolutely loves it.
C.C.

It shipped very quickly and arrived sooner than expected. I loved the packaging and presentation. It was just what I was looking for. Thank you.
M.K.

Arrived super fast! Thank you, it's beautiful. I bought this for my husband as a symbolic gift.
C.S.

Great seller and exquisite piece of art - thanks!
G.R.

This is a beautiful piece of art -- love Kintsugi -- love the metaphor of the gem at the strongest, initial, part of the break to honor the broken pieces. I ordered their kit to do this work on my Jizos that have broken... perfect.
V.J.

Exceeded my expectations! The piece is beautiful, shipped quickly and most importantly I can't wait to give it as a gift- I'm certain he will love it!
H.L.

I am a minister from Geneva, IL. I am preaching a sermon tomorrow morning and am using kintsugi as the main metaphor -- the service is called "Joyfully Imperfect." I just discovered you online and found that you're so nearby! Is there any chance I could purchase pick up a piece from you tonight to have it for tomorrow morning's service? 
A.S.

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By Paul Pustelnik, Owner and Artist