6 hours total (2-part workshop) Learn about the Japanese way of mending broken ceramics with lacquer and gold (we don't use real gold) Complimentary drinks included
Time and Dates
Part 1: Sunday 3rd March 12.00—15:00 Preparation, gluing, and groundwork
Part 2: Sunday 17th March 12.00—15:00 Finishing and leaving it to dry for a week
What you’ll do
In traditional kintsugi, we use natural lacquer (urushi) and genuine gold. The genuine materials are harder to handle and costly when practising the technique. So, even in this beginners session you will learn to use real urushi (but not real gold).
To shorten the whole process of a few months to 2 weeks, we will use a new type of natural lacquer. You are welcomed to bring more than 1 item. Depending on the simplicity/complexity of the damage, we might be able to fix 2-3 pieces.
The pieces must complete the whole. If there are missing pieces bigger than <5mm dia x 2mm thick> or <10mm dia x 1mm thick>, we won’t be able to fix it completely in this short course. *Glueing and filling is different processes and we cannot do them at the same time if the missing part is big.
A damage in a narrow skinny shapes such as vase or cups might not be fixable. We will need to reach the damaged area with fingers.
Cracks on bigger items are not fixable in this short course. Also gluing many pieces in one go will be difficult. Ideally an item should not be broken into more than 3 pieces. (although this depends on the shape too) If you’d like to check with us whether your piece is fixable in this course or not, please send over a image of the break.
All materials are provided.
You will be sent an email confirmation of your booking. Please keep this as the e-ticket to the workshop.
Bookings are non-refundable. £5 admin fee for any date change (depends on availability).