Kintsugi: The Japanese Art of Golden Joinery


Have you ever heard of Kintsugi? Also known as “golden joinery", it is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold, silver, or platinum.  This art form and the philosophy behind it resonated with me deeply from the moment I first heard about it.

Here’s why. The purpose of this practice is to treat breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.  It’s about embracing the flawed or imperfect - rather than hiding it or just throwing it away. The cracks highlight the use and life of the object.

Some say kintsugi relates to the Japanese philosophy “no mind” which ‘encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.’

I love this philosophy and practice. Not only is the damage not hidden, it is beautifully highlighted. 

What if we looked at our own lives in this way? The broken pieces and imperfections, not just wounds and scars of past traumas or things to hide, but beautiful pieces of our lives that have made us who we are today.  Our past mistakes and failures, lessons learned in the fabric of our life path. Without them, our beauty, strength and wisdom would not be nearly as great.

Food for thought ... I would love to hear what you think!

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