Meditation on Kintsugi

Here is a lovely 10 minute meditation on kintsugi from Calm.

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I found kits to create your own kintsugi!


Ok. Thank you for the posts. May I request more info on kintsugi?


Oh, I’ve heard of this before! I had to look up the word first but it’s the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a type of lacquer dusted with either gold, silver, or platinum.

As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

– Wikipedia


Thank you. Interesting idea. It asserts that objects have at least a history, if not a full blown awareness, growing away from the disrespect of the throw away generation of the 1980’s.

To be fair, the throw away generation was created by the global fear of World War III wherein nuclear bombs would be the end of civilization. People were so sure it was going to happen, they came up with memes like “Life’s short, eat desert first.”

It was a very wasteful time period. I’m glad we have grown out of it.


You and me, both! :clap:


Kintsugi is such a lovely crafting process, and carries a great message about the worth of being unique :blush:

Megan has you covered on the process - if I remember, there’s a really great short video about it by BBC from a few years ago. It’s here in the forum somewhere, let me see if I can find it again…

Here’s the discussion, and this was the mini-documentary video on Kintsugi by BBC. I thought they did a great job with it!

Looks like a beautiful meditation - thank you for sharing it, @crystal5! :yellow_heart:


Same. :partying_face:

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I kind of feel like breaking a bowl on purpose kind of goes against the whole point of kintsugi and fetishises it into becoming merely a commodity for others to enjoy for curiosity’s sake. :sweat_smile: A brand new thing doesn’t have the love and history of an older item that someone wants to treasure and save.

But I’m not trying to talk anyone out of it. Just pointing out what some might overlook. :sweat_smile:


Yeah. If I bought a kit, I’d have to wait years until something broke. It just doesn’t happen that often. By that time, anything liquid in the kit would be dried up.