two kintsugi artisans in fukuoka

Pathos of Things

Nothing is unbreakable. When I inadvertently break the pottery I cherished, I remember those words and try to give up. I haven't read The Tale of the Heike, and never heard the sound of the bells of Gion Monastery, but I feel like I can hear a sad echo from a distance. I know everything including myself is constantly changing. However, even if I tell myself that it can't be helped because it's a matter of nature, I can't throw it away.

Everything that have shape will break someday, but does it mean it's all over? No, it isn't. At least, we can repair the broken pottery. However, It is not the same as it was before. It will changes into a new shape just as everything keep changes in the nature. That's why Kintsugi is interesting. This is because we can witness the moment when the lost things are reborn beautifully again.


Kintsugi Class

kintsugi class

Since it is not a monthly fee system, it is a kintsugi class where you can make a reservation at any time. You don't have to attend a lecture fixed number of times each month. It is a small group lesson (up to 4 students), and we will teach you as a couple, so you can continue at your own pace without extra care.

Feel free to use the materials and tools in the studio, such as lacquer, brushes, and spatulas. Therefore, you don't have to buy this and that in advance. As long as you bring in the broken pottery, you can go empty-handed, so you can easily start kintsugi.

Note: Gold powder is not included in the tuition fee (silver powder can be used). If you want to repair the pottery with gold powder, you need to purchase it separately or bring it with you.

kintsugi class

Entrance Fee: 8,000 yen (tax included)

Lecture Fee (1): 4,600 yen (tax included) - Up to the first 8 times

Lecture Fee (2): 3,400 yen (tax included) - 9th and later

It takes about a week to dry the applied lacquer, so you have to take a lecture at least about 6 to 8 times to finish one repair. The reason why the price will change after the 9th time is that you can learn the basics by going 8 times. The more experience you have, the better you will be at Kintsugi, so I hope you will continue to do so for a long time.

Each lecture will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Kintsugi Repairing

A favorite teacup that you have lived with in daily life in long time. A plate that colored the lively dining on the day when your family gathered. If it breaks ...

At our studio, we repair your important pottery using techniques that use only natural materials, mainly lacquer, which have been handed down from ancient times. No chemical substances such as synthetic resins or adhesives are used. Therefore, even if you continue to use it as pottery after repairing it, there is no problem with your health.

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Basic Charge: 1,500 yen (tax not included)

Chip & Clack: 20 mm or less / 4,000 yen (tax not included)
Add 1,000 yen for every 10 mm

Bloken: 50 mm or less / 5,000 yen (tax not included)
Add up the lengths of the surfaces to be glued, and add 1,000 yen for every 10 mm.
After 150 mm, add 500 yen for every 10 mm.

There is an extra charge for repairing the glass products. In addition, it may not be possible to repair thin glass with lacquer.

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