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Putting the pieces together again. Sunday June 7, 2015

If a treasured piece of ceramic ware gets broken in Japan they have a special way of fixing it. They mix the glue with powdered gold and make a feature out of the cracks in the repaired item.

This of course makes the piece unique and quite often the repaired pot is actually more valuable and beautiful than it was before it got broken. The Japanese call this repair process Kintsugi.

I am now a ceramic artist and have battled my way through mental illness to a better place. I think the journey has been hard, I have developed a lot of breaks and cracks along the way. However I also think that I have learnt a lot about myself and about others and it has made me more tolerant of others difficulties. I have become remade and I would like to think that I am like a Kintsugi pot - you can see the cracks and scars but that adds to my value and uniqueness.


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w00dsmoke Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 7:14am

This post resonates with me in every way. Thank you Penny.

Hopeful One Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 7:56am

Hi Suzy - a warm post which will help me to look at myself with Kintsugi eyes!

bright_lemon_tree Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 8:37am

What a lovely idea! Thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 9:02am

Hi lovely post. And brings to mind a similar post a while back..... about the beauty and colour of gemstones also resulting from flaws in their formation. Thanks. Jen x

Julia Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 9:09am

I love the idea of Kintsugi. I didn't know this about Japanese broken ceramics. And to think they are quite often worth more than the original. I wonder if The Antiques Roadshow knows this! This is almost the best analogy I have ever heard about; thank you Penny for this gem. And I am so happy, you have reached a good place where.

Di Murphey Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 1:22pm

Dearest Penny ~
"...quite often the repaired pot is actually more valuable and beautiful than it was before it got broken." I am thrilled to read your post this morning and adore the analogy. As an artist, you are in a privileged position to view life in general as art. It is good. More, please.
PS: I was birthed in Japan post WWII and loved it. My body absorbed the lead dust from the bombs via my mother's cord blood and now I have 10 times the mean, or, three times the maximum allowed in humans. It is a journey.

Lexi Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 1:35pm

Such a beautiful anology Penny. Hopefully true for all of us as we make this journey! Thank you for the lovely post and thoughts this am.

Anonymous Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 5:37pm

What a lovely post...thank you Penny. I am cracked!!! So am hoping I am more valuable and wiser for the cracks....perhaps having them and sharing the knowledge with others is the real value! Karen x

Judy Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 8:29pm

Such a beautiful analogy. To see the perfection where the seeming imperfection lies.
A skill in itself.

David Jarvis Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 9:04pm

I love this, thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Jun 7th 2015 @ 9:13pm

A simple, beautiful yet powerful post.

Mary Blackhurst Hill Mon, Jun 8th 2015 @ 9:00am

Just lovely

Anonymous Mon, Jun 8th 2015 @ 4:12pm

Thanks Penny. Wise words from an artist.
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