Kintsugi Philosophy

Japanese Broken Ceramic Repair

Gold Joinery

A Pottery Repair Kit Story

The story of Kintsugi may have begun in the 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, or "golden joinery", was born.

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Find Life's Gold

How to Live Kintsugi

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 take this journey, we can look at those breaks as a place for beauty to transpire, an opportunity for skilled hands to repair with gold. Each time, we can see we are more beautiful for being broken.

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