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Kintsugi artists

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Traditional kintsugi artists

Artists who work with the traditional kintsugi process, performed with urushi lacquer and powdered gold.

  • Eva Lenz-Collier (Berlin, Germany) – This artist works with broken ceramics using both the traditional kintsugi style and a modern interpretation of that art form.
  • Fukumaru Ceramic & Glass Art Restoration (Vancouver, Canada) – This artist uses traditional kintsugi methods to repair broken ceramics, glass pieces, and other materials.
  • Gen Saratani (New York City) – This studio performs traditional kintsugi repair services.
  • Kintsugi Arte Ceramica* (Biella, Italy) – This artist offers a variety of ceramic pieces repaired with the traditional kintsugi style, including some raku ceramic pieces.
  • Kintsugi Australia (Sydney and Artarmon, Australia) – This artist offers traditional kintsugi repair services for broken pottery.
  • Kintsugi Labo Japan (Shiga, Japan) – This studio is led by a master urushi artisan who specializes in the traditional, authentic kintsugi process and also performs other lacquer-based techniques to enhance his creations.
  • Kintsugi Oxford (Oxford, UK) – This artist offers kintsugi repair services, in addition to individual classes in person and online as well as workshops and supplies for kintsugi repairs.
  • Kintsugi Reliquiae (Sofia, Bulgaria) – This artist uses traditional kintsugi repair methods to repair broken pottery.
  • Kintsugi Shop (Paris, France) – This artist offers ceramic pieces repaired with the traditional kintsugi method and offers repair services for your broken ceramics.
  • Kintsugi Wabi Sabi* (UK) – This artist is a restorer of prestigious Japanese works of Art and Antiques and performs kintsugi repairs using the traditional urushi lacquer with powdered precious metals.
  • Mountain Kintsugi (Charleston, West Virginia) – This artist performs kintsugi repairs and restoration using traditional Japanese materials and methods.
  • Puro Kintsugi* (Taos, New Mexico) – This Etsy shop sells ceramics that have been repaired using the traditional kintsugi method with urushi lacquer. This ceramic artist also offers custom repair work using the traditional method.
  • Real Kintsugi* (Cervia, Italy) – This artist offers ceramic pieces repaired with the traditional kintsugi method.
  • Ysartshop* (Paris, France) – This artist offers a variety of ceramic bowls repaired with the traditional kintsugi method with urushi lacquer and gold.

Mostly traditional kintsugi artists

Artists using mostly traditional methods involve those using urushi lacquer with powdered brass (in place of gold) and similar minor modifications to the traditional method.

  • Broken Bowl Project* (Downers Grove, IL) – This artist makes raku fired kintsugi bowls that are repaired using gold-colored brass powder instead of powdered gold. The raku firing creates bowls of rich coloring that highlight the gold repairs nicely.
  • Lakeside Pottery* (Rehoboth Beach, DE) – This studio has a wide selection of modern kintsugi style pieces available. They use modern adhesives for the repair that are sturdier and less expensive that the traditional lacquer and metal powders that look like gold (or other metals) at lower cost, but his method is very similar to the traditional method in many ways. Real gold powder is an option, if you are willing to pay for it, and they also offer repair services for your broken items (more information at their website). This artist was commissioned by President Biden to create a kintsugi vase for the Japanese prime minister, which is a testament to the quality of his work.

Modern kintsugi artists

Artists who use modern replacements for the traditional urushi lacquer and gold to get similar effects at a much lower cost.

  • A Kintsugi Life (Indianapolis, IN) – My own work falls into this modern kintsugi style with the intention of creating affordable pieces that people can wear and easily carry with them as a reminder of the beauty of the places where they have healed in their lives. Read more about my technique in Kintsugi artwork or view my available inventory in my shop.
  • Aqua Concrete Studio* (Conifer, CO) – This artist makes concrete sinks in various styles. Some of those concrete sinks have been broken and repaired using resin and real gold powder to produce beautiful, functional sinks. Due to the size and cost of genuine gold powder, these are not cheap, but they are incredibly beautiful pieces.
  • Beautifully Broken KIA* (Ellington, CT) – This artist offers a selection of ceramics repaired with modern materials.
  • Dodici Sessanta* (Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy) – This is a ceramic artist who uses 24Kt gold leaf to repair any of her porcelain pieces that come out damaged.
  • Fawkes Creations* (Louisville, KY) – This artist offers ceramics that are repaired using modern materials and kintsugi repaired air-dry clay pendants.
  • Fuzuroi Kintsugi Art Jewelry* (Malden, MA) – This artist creates jewelry out of small pieces of kintsugi repaired pottery and other materials. No information is provided about the actual materials used in the kintsugi repairs.
  • Kanela Suri Kintsugi* (Spain) – This artist has a limited number of kintsugi style pieces available, including stone and ceramic. No description is given of the materials used for the repair, but the price and appearance would indicate that this is likely a modern version of kintsugi.
  • Kinsabi* (Perth, Australia) – This artist offers a limited number of kintsugi repaired ceramic pieces. There is no information available about his process, but it appears to involve a modern adaption of some kind.
  • Kintsugi Decor* (Orange, CA) – This artist offers a selection of ceramics repaired with modern materials. You won’t get to see the piece you purchase before ordering, but you can choose the number of breaks and whether the repair is in gold or silver.
  • Kintsugi Gifts UK* (London, UK) – This artist has developed his own proprietary method for performing kintsugi-style repairs. Most of his work is done with bowls and similar vessels, but there is a smaller selection of ceramic jewelry as well. He also creates some very unique and interesting art work using kintsugi-like repairs containing crystals in gaps in the repairs.
  • Kintsugi Kintsukuroi Gifts* (Downers Grove, IL) – This artist creates modern kintsugi style plates, vases, bowls, and other objects by breaking them, repairing them with glue, and highlighting the break line with gold paint. He has a wide variety of pieces to choose from and offers additional information (but not sales) on his website.
  • Precious Scars Studio* (London, UK) – This artist creates beautifully repaired ceramic pieces using resin and 24Kt gold leaf.
  • Wendys Loving Reminder* (Saylorsburg, PA) – This artist offers a variety of ceramic pieces that have been broken and repaired with modern materials.

Faux kintsugi artists

  • Broken Leaf Pottery* (Hartselle, AL) – This artist creates ceramic pieces in the kintsugi style, but the golden filler material is baked right into the clay without the pieces ever being broken. This gives the kintsugi look at a low price and ensures that the pieces retain full watertight properties.
  • Jared Jaffe Ceramics* (Portland, OR) – This artist makes beautiful faux kintsugi bowls and mugs of handmade porcelain that are fully functional for use.

 

If you know of other artists who belong on this list, please contact me to recommend them. I’m always looking for others who are working in this technique. Thanks!

 

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