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Traditional Kintsugi Workshops with Madame Shimizu of Urujyu from June 7 to 9 at Maison Sato!

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Hello everyone!

We are happy to announce that we are organizing our next traditional kintsugi workshop for 3 days from June 7 to 9, 2024 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.

Traditional Kintsugi "Initiation Class" for beginners (fixing a small chip) and "Standard Class" for more advanced (fixing broken pieces), by Ai Shimizu

Madame Shimizu of Urujyu from Kyoto is offering two classes this time, an initiation class and a more advanced class for broken pieces. The "Initiation Class" will introduce you on how to repair chipped ceramic by traditional kintsugi methods, using urushi lacquer. The "Standard Class" to practice how to join broken pieces back together using urushi lacquer. You are able to learn all steps within 2 hours instead of several weeks that the process of reparation would normally take.

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.

Initation Class (fixing chipped piece): 

Fee: 85 euros per person for workshop only

200 euros per person for workshop and a kintsugi kit (limited quantity)

(payment when reserving)

All materials that you need for the workshop will be provided.

Duration: about 2 hours

Maximum 6 people per session

Sessions: June 2024

Friday 7 11:00

Saturday 8 11:00

Sunday 9 11:00 (full)

Standard Class (fixing broken pieces): 

Fee: 220 euros per person for workshop (including a kintsugi kit)

(payment when reserving)

If you have already purchased a Urujyu kit from us (Maison Sato) and you bring it to the class, the class fee will be 120€. We will refund you 100€ after the class.

If you have all suitable materials and tools and you bring them to the class, the class fee will be 140€. We will refund you 80€ after the class.

The kit will be provided at the class or you have to bring all suitable materials and tools.

We will provide a broken item for the class.

Duration: about 2 hours

Maximum 6 people per session

Sessions: June 2024

Friday 7 14:00 (full)

Saturday 8 14:00

Sunday 9 14:00 (full)

Place: Boutique 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!

Atsushi Sato

Maison Sato

20 rue de Thorigny

75003 Paris

+33 (0) 1 45 35 69 08

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