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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.

Plates

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Picturesque Pacific Blue 6" Kintsugi Plate Crackled blue Kintsugi Plate $34.99
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Pink Hearts Can Be Mended 5" Plate Pink 5" heart plate mended with a gold seam. $32.99
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Poppy Seads Thriving 5" Kintsugi Plate5 inch beige, brown and black plate mended with several gold seams.. $34.99
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Sage Green Plate 8" plate mended with a single gold seam $36.99
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Xanadu Grey 6" Kintsugi Plate Soft grey round Kintsugi Plate $32.99
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Crackled Green Plate with Gold Overflow 8" plate mended with a three thick gold seams. $34.99
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White and Silver Square Plate6" plate mended with a single gold seam. $34.99
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Earthy Gold and Brown Large 11" Plate Large earthy gold and brown 11" plate mended with a single gold seam. $36.99
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Purple Passion 5" Kintsugi Plate Purple with raised white emboss Kintsugi Plate $33.99
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Blue Garden 6" Plate 6" blue and white plate mended with a starbust of gold seams. $29.99
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Wintergreen 8" Plate Wintergreen 8" plate mended with a single gold seam. $36.99
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Granite Gray with Soft Vines 5" Kintsugi Plate Granite gray on the bottom and light spiritual vines 5 inch plate mended with several gold seams. $36.99
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Volcanic Gold 7" Kintsugi Plate Volcanic gold and brown Kintsugi Plate $38.99
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Ocean Boat Blue 6" Kintsugi Plate Blue green round Kintsugi Plate $34.99
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