Japanese Lacquer & Ceramics: Kintsugi

Subject: Lacquer, Applied Arts, Ceramics
Dates: 30 July 2018 - 3 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Kiyomi Okukubo
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession

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£ 310

The art of kintsugi, or joining with gold, conveys the philosophy of valuing the imperfect. Using a paste made from the sap of the lacquer tree or urushi, artists can restore a broken piece of ceramic, while strengthening it against water and high temperatures. Cracks are then sprinkled with powdered gold (or other precious metals), highlighting the repair.

On this course, students will learn:

• the philosophy behind this craft, embracing the beauty of imperfection highlighted by the repair rather than intruding upon or hiding the original work.

• about methods and materials including how to safely handle urushi, the traditional natural lacquer, managing the drying stages

• how to prepare and clean the ceramics to be repaired

• to reattach pieces with urushi

• how to apply gold powder

As this course requires drying time, you will also explore decorating a black panel with gold powder, and decorate a pair of chopsticks with a coat of urushi.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring?

Students should bring a small ceramic object which they wish to repair – a bowl or teacup sized object is preferred.

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

This course is made possible with thegenerous support of the Bagri Foundation

Tutor biography

Kiyomi Okukubo

Kiyomi Okukubo graduated from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1984, majoring in urushi lacquering. In 2003 she won the Gotoh Memorial Cultural Award for the most promising young talent which enabled her to travel to North America and Europe. In 2003 she was selected as a trainee of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists and spent a year in London attached to the V&A. She regularly submits her works to various prestigious exhibitions, winning First Prize at events in 1985, 1986 and 1990.

Kiyomi is also a member of the prestigious Japanese Kogei Association,  dedicated to the protection and development of Japan's intangible cultural heritage.