KINTSUGI - 金継ぎ - / golden joinery

欠けた器を繕う...。

金継ぎとは、割れたり欠けたりした陶磁器を漆で接着し、その継ぎ目を金や銀、錫などで装飾を施して修復する日本独自の文化です。割れた茶器をただ漆で接着させて直すだけではなく、その傷痕をも慈しみ愛でた日本人の繊細な美意識から金継ぎは生まれました。

 

漆は生き物です。その時の温度や湿度、器や破損の状態によってもプロセスが異なり、そして、何よりも興味深いことにその時の心の在り様までも影響することを私はこれまでで学びました。

金継ぎは、壊れたものを修理することだけを目的とせず、モノを大切にする心を育み、その器に遺された物語を継ないでいく役割をも担っているように感じます。

スピードや利便性を求めがちな時代ではありますが、天然の漆はゆっくりと時間をかけて固まり、それを幾重にも重ねることでより強固なモノへと変化を遂げます。そして、新たな命が吹き込まれた器がまた生活の中で時を刻み始めるのです。

どうか割れてしまったあなたが大切に思う器を諦めて、捨てないで下さい。

 KINTSUGI is a Japanese original repair method that bonds broken or chipped ceramics, with lacquer, decorates and seams the joint with gold, silver or tin. Unfortunately, there are many people who do not know about KINTSUGI even in contemporary Japan full of material things, and its culture is declining.

  Long ago, precious porcelain which is said to have also become a substitute for the territorial land when the tea ceremony culture prospered in the Muromachi period.

It is a culture born out of the delicate aesthetic sense of the Japanese where broken tea bowl is not just repaired by gluing it with lacquer, but also breakage mark is appreciated as the design pattern.

  Lacquer is a living creature. The process will also differ depending on the temperature and humidity at that time and the condition of the equipment and damage. And I have learned so far that most interestingly, the state of mind at that time will also influence. KINTSUGI is not aimed only to repair broken objects. I felt that they also play the role of nurturing the heart to value things and inheriting the stories left behind on that object. Although it is an era that often tends to require speed and convenience, lacquer slowly takes time to solidify and it changes to a more robust thing by overlapping it many times. And the bowl that comes to new life will also start to mark the passage of time in our daily life.

  Now, in the world, the glittering beauty of the appearance of KINTSUGI often draws attention, but in this process, the spirit of "Wabi-sabi", the Japanese aesthetics is alive.

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