Kin tsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery. A simple explanation is: it is the art of repairing broken ceramics using varnish mixed with gold powder. European practices tend to hide damage to objects. This Japanese procedure turns a damaged item into something valuable. This allows the subject to continue to perform its function. Tea pot collectors were fascinated by this technique. Some of the collectors are even suspected of deliberately breaking their containers to be repaired by this technique.
This traditional Japanese handicraft art literally means “golden repair” or “golden joint” (Japanese: kin tsugi). Most people throw a broken plate, cup or other broken object in the trash. In Japan, they use the wonderful alternative “Kin Tsugi”. Instead of throwing broken objects, kintsugi masters make repairs. They connect broken pieces of ceramics with precious metal (gold or silver liquid glue). This emphasizes the fracture lines. They give the broken object a new value and a unique look. The philosophy behind this Japanese concept goes deeper than simple artistic practice. An ancient Japanese skill prolongs the life of an destroyed object and makes the object even more beautiful. This skill is a powerful symbol of personal growth and development. When people sometimes break down, they can’t glue the “collected parts” or throw the broken pieces in the trash. So I can turn emotional scars into art and slowly learn to live with personal imperfections. Kin tsugi is a physical expression of emotional resilience and an incredible metaphor for recovery from adversity, experts say. Celine Santini is the author of Kintsugi: Strength in Imperfection. Author Santini says in her book: “Kintsugi philosophy is associated with the symbolism of healing and resilience.” The concept of Kintsugi can be summed up in the famous saying “What does not kill you – strengthens you.” – According to the author Santini. “Kintsugi provides a message of hope that can be applied to any type of problem. A person who goes through very difficult trials can be reminded that he has survived his worst experiences … and that he is still standing. “
Psychologist Tomás Navarro has published the book “Kintsugi: Embrace Your Imperfections and Find Happiness-the Japanese Way”. Navarro believes that the main message of this art is to develop resilience and Navarro says: Kintsugi accepts, even celebrates, both the positive and negative aspects of our lives. ”So he encourages us to live life to the fullest and not be afraid of things that might to break us. As ceramics are solid, beautiful and fragile so people are firm, beautiful and fragile. A ceramic object can be broken like human life but also repaired. “Adversity and trouble are just challenges. People need to learn something new to overcome adversity and trouble. ”- says Navarro. Conscious and fulfilled living means that people allow pain, suffering, trouble and imperfection to be a part of life. Things are falling apart. That is life. But every person needs to find a way to pick up parts of life or to deal with traumatic events in their own way. One should learn from negative experiences, take the best from such phenomena. The core of resourcefulness, resilience and perseverance is just to make all negative experiences make each person unique and precious.
It is important that the method of repair in kintsugi be a golden compound (strong, beautiful and noticeable). The precious nature of gold used in the form of ceramic adhesive signifies strength, self-confidence, a value that each person can use to join their own broken pieces of soul and heart. Moments of major crises (loss of loved ones, loss of job, loss of home, divorce, illness, etc.) can be powerful incentives for change. They can also be a chance for a new, happier and more fulfilled life. Learned experiences and personal energy should be directed to the present and future moment of living. If we think constantly about past moments and events – we will not easily get rid of negativity. A person will be strong, resilient and resistant to future challenges if he takes care of himself and is firmly assembled. The golden seam from kintsugi reminds a person that one should not forget what led to the fracture and left scars on the heart and soul. But also what helped the wounds heal and life move forward. A key point in the kintsugi technique is to highlight cracks and joint joints and draw attention to a repair that has recently been broken (instead of trying to cover up the crack or reduce the damage).
Brene Brown, author of many books, has also written The Call to Courage. A professor at the University of Houston wrote, among other things, “Vulnerability is courage in you, not inadequacy in me.” Brown sees imperfections as gifts to work with rather than shame to hide.
The real power of kintsugi is the beauty of what we have gained and lost. Kintsugi says wounds and scars are important. Wounds and scars people need to recognize and acknowledge their role thus shaping human lives. People who were thrown to their knees and got to their feet again. Good, bad and ugly lessons from life should be the most important and effective experience. Japanese mastery wonderfully symbolizes human life. Viewing pictures of kintsugi pottery each person can experience enlightenment. The golden lines of the cleft intersect the kintsugi vessel. Thus, emotional scars can be permeated with golden embroidery by people and make new and stronger life from old and discarded parts. Patched cracks, all life experiences make every person even better, stronger, more resilient, precious, special and wise person.