Loquat-patterned bowl

I put 15 pieces of fragments together

It is difficult to see from the image alone, but different colors of gold powders were used for each part of the piece, as well as painting loquat (Japanese plum) patterns using a Maki-e technique called "Ke-uchi"(毛打ち). 
In order to mend these fragments , first I considered making lacquer which has the same color as the painting of the tea bowl, so that it would match the color of the loquat painting. However, the color shades of the tea bowl were very delicate, and I thought that opaque colored lacquer would be obtrusive. Therefore I decided to mend these fragments with gold. 

For your information, it is possible to make various color lacquers by mixing pigments with lacquer, however it is inevitable to become opaque and slightly dull. Having said that, it is necessary to carefully evaluate the color and texture of tea bowls to determine if the color matching repair is appropriate since the color lacquer is completely different from the colors of pottery, which are vivid and transparent most of the time. 

This was the most complicated repair ever

This tea bowl was accidentally dropped and broken by a disciple while practicing tea ceremony, and she cried when it came back after it was repaired. 
It hurts me to think that she spent so much time shrinking herself feeling guilty and ashamed. I'm glad to hear that she was relieved. 


Kintsugi of Red Raku Bowl 

We use the word ‘Kin’ (gold) in ‘Kintsugi, (joining with gold). However, there are various options for materials for repair such as silver and lacquer, depending on the material and color of tea bowls. 


This is an orthodox 'KIN'-tsugi (‘golden’ -joining). In a very rough classification, we use gold to restore red colored pottery, silver for blue. For other colorful painted bowls, using gold material or colored lacquer that matches the color of each object give a harmonious finish. However, using colored lacquer requires some knowledge and experience, so when you are repairing it yourself and not sure which materials to choose, we recommend Kintsugi, repairing with gold. 


This restoration shows a very orthodox and yet beautiful pattern. Although it is an unfortunate event that a tea bowl accidentally breaks, there is still a beautiful way that a bowl can be broken. Here is what it means!

To me it looks like a decorative knot. This represents a festive and fortunate design. I believe it is an interesting aspect of Kintsugi that the broken tea bowl, although it was unlucky, is eventually given a felicitous landscape.