Magicshire, 2011. Secondhand plate with collage ceramic transfers
The accident of breaking something ceramic evokes a sadness and feeling of loss, but discovering the art of kintsugi, a Japanese technique using gold lacquer to enhance the repaired cracks, providing the broken piece with a new identity, now gives me a feeling of excitement each time something gets broken.
I have not yet deliberately taken a hammer to a finished piece, as in the portrait of Chris Huhne by Grayson Perry in his show Who Are You? I’m practicing on the inevitable accidental breakages for now.
Some more examples of my own kintsugi:
Then one of my own plates jumped out of the cupboard last week! How exciting.