Kintsugi Vases by Reiko Kaneko

Updated: Jan 15, 2020

Broken pieces lost to the intense heat of the kilns have been carefully restored using the traditional Japanese technique of Kintsugi. The delicate process highlights and accentuates flaws and cracks using lacquer and precious gold. Embracing the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi and an appreciation for the imperfect and the natural, mended pieces come to represent more than their original selves.

The process for these Kintsugi Bud Vases started with smoothing down the broken areas. This prepares the surface for painting on a lacquer to which gold powder is pressed onto.