Kintsugi is the incredible form of Japanese art focused on repairing damaged pottery. Known as the 'golden repair,' the technique involves combining lacquer with gold, silver or platinum to form new bonds.
The narrative of a piece being reworked undergoes enriching fortification, efforts in of themselves that preserve and extol its existence and passage along its particular journey, its golden journey. The act of forging new bonds acknowledges and incorporates the history of an object, as something to be embraced, even displayed, rather than glossed over and concealed.
It's celebratory. From the Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi, it's cherished for its 'flawed beauty.'
Not unlike these beautiful objects that are transformed while being restored to purpose, in our bang and clang as beautifully flawed beings, we each embark on our own golden journey.
We get bruised along the way. Chipped and cracked. We do it to ourselves. Others do it to us. We do it to others. And sometimes, it just rains.