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Kintsugi Workshops: Perfection in Imperfection

the ancient Japanese art of mending broken pottery

May 9, 16 & 23, 2020

As a precaution to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Kitsugi: Perfection in Imperfection workshops have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Learn how to do Kintsugi from Art Kintsugi Sydney at The Japan Foundation, Sydney in a hands-on three hour beginners’ workshop. Here, you’ll learn the foundational techniques of Kintsugi using modern materials that are easy to source so anyone can apply the technique in their daily life. When you’re done, bring home your very own Kintsugi object and fall in love with its imperfections.

At each workshop, you’ll be able to mend back together and take away a different piece of ceramic from famous pottery towns in Japan.


May 9
Enjoy porcelain ware from Arita, Saga Prefecture. Arita is most famously known for fine porcelain that is exported domestically, as well as to China and Europe. Traditional Arita ware can be distinguished by intricate designs with blue pigment that have a Chinese influence.

May 16
Learn about the wide variety of pottery that is all encompassing of Mino ware, which is the name given to ceramics produced in the Tono area of Gifu Prefecture. In the 16th century, many famous pieces of tea ceremony wares were made in Mino, from tea bowls to flower vases and tea containers.  Now Mino ware makes up 50% of the Japanese ceramics market, with many ceramicists producing traditional wares along with more contemporary wares.

May 23

This workshop focuses on bright, vivid-coloured ceramics called Kutani ware from Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture. Kutani ceramics are identifiable by over painting and lavish aesthetics, achieved with the use of bold colours such as blue, green, yellow, purple and red. It is said that the people of the region grew to prefer brightly-coloured ceramics as a contrast to the long, grey winters.


Dating back to 16th century Japan, Kintsugi is the art of joining broken objects, most commonly bowls and cups with lacquer, putty and glue and finishing with gold powder. Kintsugi is built on the idea of embracing flaws and imperfections, giving new life and beauty to objects that are traditionally considered broken and unusable. The timelessness of restoring objects to a state of continued usability relates deeply to the Seikatsu Kogei movement of intentional living.

These workshops are for ages 16 and up. Pregnant individuals are advised not to attend.

Art Kintsugi Sydney was established in 2018 by Japanese designer Yoko Kawada and visual artist Chizuru Kimiyama. They run creative art and craft workshops locally and interstate as well as engaging with each other’s art discipline for exhibitions and private commissions.

Yoko Kawada studied interior design in London in 1990 before starting her Inner West Sydney art studio (eponymously named Yoko Kawada), where she designs and crafts homeware products by hand using Japanese artisan tiles and Kintsugi techniques. 

Yoko’s works combine elements of handcraft and material technology, an approach reflecting her cross-cultural background, which she describes as a “Unity of Opposites” – wabi-sabi aesthetic, boldness and elegance, tradition and innovation, straight lines and curves, and square and round.

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Chizuru Kimiyama has been practicing visual arts in Sydney since 2016. Since childhood, creativity, particularly ceramics and painting on ceramics, has been an integral part of her life. She has received several ceramic art and printmaking awards in Japan. For Kimiyama, her passion is to introduce Japanese art, craft and culture to Australian audiences through the workshops that she conducts.

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May 9, 2020 (Saturday) CANCELLED

May 16, 2020 (Saturday) CANCELLED

May 23, 2020 (Saturday) CANCELLED

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008


(02) 8239 0055

Cancellations are accepted and full refunds will be offered up to 7 days prior to the workshop. No refunds given after this time.

Header image: Courtesy of Yoko Kawada

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