Kintsugi - reparation af ødelagt keramik

Kintsugi - repair of broken pottery

Julia is an intern at WAUW Design, and besides being skilled at details and things that take time, she is curious and creative. Where shopping is being wasted, but where others may see broken products, Julia sees the opportunity to learn new and test the Japanese "Kintsugi" repair technique.

What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi can be translated into "gold repair" as it is precisely a repair technique in which cut or broken ceramics are patched together with a kind of gold glue and gold powder. In this way you can always see that the pottery has been broken, but also that it is held and patched together, and thus can continue to be used. This is part of the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which is just about celebrating the imperfect. 

Julia likes this philosophy as she is generally really fond of recycling and sustainability. If something can be repaired or recycled, she would much rather than buy new, and we love that thought very much at WAUW design. Sustainable-vases becomes produced from porcelain scraps and test glazes to minimize the waste of materials. 

Can ceramics patched with Kintsugi withstand microwave and dishwasher? 

No. Once the pottery has been repaired with Kintsugi, it should not be put in the microwave or dishwasher as it can not be heated to over 100 degrees Celsius. If it gets warmer than this, there is a risk that the repair material will melt.

If you repair WAUW design's products with Kintsugi, you must be aware that they can no longer withstand being put in the microwave or dishwasher. If you want to wash the repaired product, you should use a soft brush / sponge. 

Kintsugi repair of broken pottery. WAUW design workshop shop Østerbro.

A little about Julia's internship

In addition to testing kitsugi, Julia has also learned various casting techniques through her practice. been involved in the production of Crystal vases and a lot decorations - including new variants of Easter decoration. She has also been involved in mixing glazes and has developed her own Crystal glaze. 

We expect to sell kintsugi sets during 2020. 

    Kintsugi repair of broken pottery. WAUW design trainee tests kintsugi.

Maria Mosgaard