Consider this when you feel broken…
In Japan, broken ceramic objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique moment in the object’s history which, when highlighted, only adds to its beauty in both its frailty and its survival. Sometimes the imperfections are grounds for creative expression and other details are added, such as cherry blossoms.
The technique is called Kintsugi, which means golden joinery, and it may have been used as early as the 15th century. There are different styles of Kintsugi. There’s the traditional crack technique where gold dust or resin connects the broken pieces giving the appearance of a thin line. A large, missing piece my be replaced entirely with a gold piece.
Recently the kintsugi method is being re-conceptualized by artists, both in pottery. In 2014, the Canadian folk band, The Rural Alberta Advantage ,were inspired by kintsugi and named their 2014 record, Mended with Gold.
to be human is to be broken and broken is its own kind of beautiful. – R.M. Drake