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20 August 2019

 

In August, Kettle’s Yard held the first in a series of upcoming practical workshops for adults, looking at the centuries-old Japanese practice of kintsugi, which translates as ‘gold-mend’.

The day began with a tour of Kettle’s Yard House with Dr Bonnie Kemske, an expert on Japanese ceramics whose book The Teabowl: East and West has recently been published by Bloomsbury, and Shirley-Anne Fowlie, a visitor assistant at Kettle’s Yard with expertise in Japanese and Chinese ceramics. The group looked at pieces in the collection which have been repaired, in particular those which feature kintsugi: William Staite Murray’s The Heron (c.1928) and a small teabowl currently on display in the Artist: Unknown exhibition. The Heron, a beautiful example of Staite Murray’s work, is said to have been broken by David Jones while visiting Jim and Helen Ede’s home in London, and it was subsequently mended in gold by Staite Murray himself, adopting the kintsugi method.

 

“Fabulous workshop. Experience, information, community, materials, practice.  Lovely lovely people. Loved it.” Workshop participant

After a delicious lunch provided by The Garden Kitchen, the workshop continued with Iku Nishikawa of Kintsugi Oxford, who explained the principles and techniques of kintsugi and introduced how, with traditional techniques, broken ceramics can attain a beautiful afterlife. Participants had brought their own plates and other small ceramic items to then work on themselves, helped by Iku, using the techniques they had learned and the special materials necessary to carry out kintsugi, including urushi (lacquer).

The workshop was a wonderful introduction to kintsugi and Japanese ceramics. The expertise of Bonnie, Iku and Shirley-Anne offered new perspectives on Kettle’s Yard House and the repair and mend principles of its creator Jim Ede, as a well as an appreciation of the beauty to be found in damaged items. The workshop coincided with the current exhibition of the work of potter Jennifer Lee, Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space, which continues until 22 September 2019.

To book other workshops, please visit the events page of our website. Kintsugi kits are available to purchase in the Kettle’s Yard shop.