Kintsugi (also known as kintsukuroi) is a Japanese art form that repairs broken pottery with seams of gold.
Kintsugi (also known as kintsukuroi) is a Japanese technique for repairing broken pottery with seams of gold. Learn more about the history of this technique and the process used to create it.
Find lists of resources to learn more about kintsugi as an art form, find supplies and instruction for learning to perform kintsugi yourself, and discover a variety of artists working in the kintsugi art form.
I use modern kintsugi methods to create jewelry and accessories from broken and repaired stone and polymer clay items. Learn more about these two collections and how they are created.
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Kintsugi living is about embracing our healing and finding the gold in our scars that can help the healing of those around us. Explore the resources and support available for this way of living.
Kenetha J. Stanton is the artist, writer, and coach behind A Kintsugi Life. Learn more about her, her work, and her story.
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Weekly blog posts explore what it means to live a kintsugi life as my own understanding grows and evolves over time. Come join the conversation and share what kinsugi living means to you!
Choosing gratitude instead of darker emotions in difficult situations has never worked very well for me. The attempt to suppress those darker emotions left them stronger than ever through their resistance and made any attempt at gratitude feel like a lie. I’m learning that making space for both the darker emotions and gratitude to co-exist side by side boosts my happiness much more through the magic of AND.
We learn early to hide our scars out of shame because we believe that those scars have something to say about our value, but wounds are an inevitable part of life and our scars are a testament to our healing, not a defect to be hidden. As we are willing to allow our wounds and our scars to be seen, we create space for our own healing and make it safer for those around us to heal as well. This is what it means to live a kintsugi life: choosing to heal openly and allow our scars to be healing to others.
When we talk about kintsugi, the focus is on the gold that is added as part of the repair (or healing) process. But that is not the only gold that is available to us. We all have innate gold within us that is a part of our true nature that gets hidden over time under the accumulation of the constraints of our culture, our wounds, our fears, and the daily stresses of life. Part of the innate gold we all carry is joy, and learning to release our suffering uncovers that innate joy to shine once again.
The broken places in our lives feel like imperfections to be eradicated, but what if true perfection is in embracing the whole of life, even the imperfections?
Times of brokenness or upheaval in our lives can give rise to expanded views of what is possible as we are thrown out of our comfort zones. The expanded view of what is possible for us makes it difficult (if not impossible) to settle back into life as knew it. Instead, it drives us toward growth. Using our new insights well to create a new life from the rubble of the old can become our gold as we live into the expanded possibilities that we can now see.
When we encounter loss and brokenness in life, our first instinct is usually to want to magically return our lives (and our selves) to how things were before things broke, but that’s not possible. Healing is not going back to what was, it is always a moving forward into actively creating a new self and a new life. Even when the broken place is fixed, what results is now changed in the way that an object repaired with kintsugi is both fixed and changed. Engaging actively in the creative process of healing allows you to influence the new you that results.