Tomomi Kamoshita – “Kintsugi in the Himalayas, a journey of seeing the light in the cracks…”
“Kintsugi in the Himalayas, a journey of seeing the light in the cracks…”
Deer Park Institute is hosting a rare event, a ceramic exhibit and workshop based on the ancient philosophy of “Kintsugi” by Tomomi Kamoshita.
Exhibit from 25-30th March and workshops 29-30th March (4 workshops- 2 techniques)
Kintsugi Workshop (Reservation Required)
Tomomi Kamoshita has been using a modern version of kintsugi technique for her works. Originally, kintsugi technique was for connecting broken pieces of ceramics using gold and urushi lacquer. However, it can be very time consuming to follow the traditional technique strictly, and there is a risk of allergic reaction to urushi.
In this workshop, she will show you a modern version of the technique that can be done quickly and safely. Materials used in the technique are epoxy resin lacquer and brass powder. There are two courses with different goal. So, please choose the course when you make a reservation.
There will be 2 workshops each day of each technique, registration is required for every workshop.
Workshop 1. “Turning broken ceramics into beautiful ornament
Participants choose two or three pieces from broken parts.
Tomomi Kamoshita will bring broken parts of Japanese ceramics, sea grass and color glass from Japan.
If a participant has a broken parts, they can bring it and use it.
We are going to connect these three pieces to make a ornament.”
Workshop 2. “Repairing your broken ceramics
Participants who choose this course will bring a broken or chipped vessel.
We will repair that vessel.
In case of complex repair it can be up to 1 piece, in case of small chipping repair it can be 3 pieces.”
Each workshop is limited to 8 participants only, appx duration of 2hrs 30mins.
Participants to cover cost of materials
Tomomi brings the materials to work with like lacquer, putty, brass powder. Material cost per person is Rs 1000.
Register soon! at email@example.com
Kintsugi (金継ぎ, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い, きんつくろい, “golden repair”), is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
As a philosophy, kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of kintsugi itself, highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage.
Kintsugi can relate to the Buddha’s philosophy of “no mind” (無心 mushin), which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.
Born in Tokyo in 1977.
Graduated from Joshibi University ceramics course in 2000.
“Every year i have been holding the exhibition since 2007.
Recently i have been working utilizing the traditional japanese
technique of ” kin-tsugi” in my own contemporary style.
The theme of my works are based on tablewares and ornaments, crafted with colors that appeal to the human eyes and in addition, the tablewares are especially shaped to adjust to the human hands.”