Kintsugi for beginners Thursday Night 8th & 29th Nov

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Kintsugi for beginners Thursday Night 8th & 29th Nov

80.00

This is a 2-day introductory course to kintsugi: a Japanese way of mending broken ceramics with lacquer and gold. 

In traditional kintsugi, we use natural lacquer (urushi) and genuine gold. The genuine materials are harder to handle and costly when practising the technique. However I have not found a synthetic glue that can replace urushi to achieve a beautiful joinery. 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 3 weeks, we will use a new type of natural urushi. *I am finding out urushi is drying slower now in winter, so we have an extra week of drying.

Please bring more than 1 item: depending on the simplicity/complexity of the damage, we might be able to fix 2-3 pieces. Some shapes are more difficult to fix even if the breakage is simple.

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 me whether your piece is fixable in this course or not, please send me a picture of it.

I will organise classes for more complex/bigger damages and the traditional kintsugi (using gold) if you'd like to learn this further, but it is advisable to start with this course.

Duration: 2.5 hours, 18:45 - 21:15

Day 1: 8th November / preparation and gluing, groundwork

< 3 weeks for drying >

Day 2: 29th November / finishing

The venue: Unit 74 Regent Studios 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

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