kintsugi

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces from Greatcoat Films on Vimeo.

Japanese culture has a term for celebrating the beauty of imperfection: wabi-sabi.

Kintsugi (golden joinery) is all about not only fixing broken ceramics with lacquer, but celebrating the repair by painting over it with gold or silver leaf so that the repair (the fixed crack) is part of the “new” piece.

Many high end ceramic repairs are done in such a way that the repair is invisible. Kintsugi is a celebration of the art of the repair. Brilliant.

[via Colossal]