Updated: Nov 7
We are happy to announce that we are organizing our traditional kintsugi workshop for 3 days from November 17 to 19, 2023 at our boutique, 20 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris. Reservation is required to participate in the workshop, you can reserve now on our online store. 6 people maximum for a class, don't miss this opportunity.
Kintsugi is an ancient Japanese technique to repair broken or damaged porcelain and pottery. Only natural materials are used to restore the objects, so they are completely safe to use with food again. Urushi (vegetable lacquer) is the main material which comes from the lacquer tree that is only found in the Far East and in South East Asia. It has been used like a glue and a coating since the Jomon era, 9000 B.C. This traditional way of work is a part of the art of maki-e which started in the 7th century.
Kintsugi was created in the 15th century when the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa asked that his broken china tea bowl be repaired by a maki-e master, as the first reparation that he asked for, in China, didn’t please him.
Today, kintsugi has become more and more known and practiced in the world. But unfortunately, it is common that the philosophy and the real potential of kintsugi is not well interpreted.
Kintsugi’s uniqueness is that it doesn’t try to hide damage. It is considered part of the history between the owner and the object. The reparations are embellished with metallic powder, enhancing the value of the object. It is an invitation to contemplate the beauty of the imperfect.
Workshop Initiation to Traditional Kintsugi by Ai Shimizu
Madame Shimizu of Urujyu from Kyoto will introduce you how to repair chipped ceramic by traditional kintsugi methods, using urushi lacquer. It is a great chance to learn how to start your kintsugi journey. Urushi is the only natural lacquer that is food safe unlike synthetic materials that are often introduced as kintsugi materials outside of Japan.
Fee: 75 euros per person for workshop only
200 euros per person for workshop and a kintsugi kit (limited quantity)
(payment when reserving)
If you already bought the kintsugi kit at our boutique since May 2023, please contact us directly for a discount for the workshop.
All materials that you need for the workshop will be provided.
Duration: about 2 hours
Maximum 6 people per session
Sessions: November 2023
Friday 17 11:00 (full) / 14:00 (full)
Saturday 18 11:00 (full) / 14:00 (full) / 16:30 (full)
Sunday 19 11:00 (full) / 14:00 (full)
Place: Maison Sato, 20 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris
Metro: Saint-Sébastien - Froissart
Refunds are only possible if your cancellation is made 48 hours before your session.
Instructor: Ai Shimizu (Urujyu)
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to seeing you!
20 rue de Thorigny
+33 (0) 1 45 35 69 08