Kintsugi means, literally, ‘to join with gold’.
Kin = golden
tsugi = joinery
In Zen aesthetics, when a piece of ceramic is accidentally broken, the damage, instead of being concealed is meant to be celebrated. The broken pieces are joined together with tree sap lacquer (urishi) and rice glue using luxuriant gold powder.
‘Kintsugi belongs to the Zen ideals of wabi sabi, which cherishes what is simple, unpretentious and aged – especially if it has a rustic or weathered quality’. This process of symbolising a reconciliation with the flaws and accidents of time, reinforces a philosophical wisdom that is applicable to our own lives. The care and love extended to shattered pots should lend us the confidence to respect what is damaged, scarred, vulnerable and imperfect - starting with ourselves and those around us’.
*adapted from the school of life