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Event Series Event Series: Kintsugi – Term 2 2024

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

Saturdays 11 & 18 May @ 1:30pm - 3:30pm

May 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Kintsugi Workshop in Auckland

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. A metaphor for embracing your flaws and imperfections.

Let’s pick up the pieces and mend them back together in this modern Kintsugi workshop. The art of Kintsugi allows this to happen and celebrates the mend in the most beautiful and obvious way!

Kintsugi loosely translates to ‘golden joinery’ and is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken objects either wood, metal, or ceramic. The techniques of Kintsugi treats the repair as part of the object’s history, instead of hiding the repair as if it never happened. The ‘flaw’ reveals the history, and the resulting piece is considered more beautiful. You will learn how to piece your broken ceramic object back together with beauty under the watchful eye and help of tutor Han Nae Kim.

Lacquer is one of the oldest natural materials used in East Asian countries to repair damaged objects. We will use lacquer and varnish along with gold and silver leaf or gold dust to reform and repair your broken ceramic object, so the repair becomes part of the history. Different techniques and repair materials are used depending on how many cracks or breaks your piece to repair may have.


Your own damaged object, a vase, dish, or plate with a few breaks, all other materials included.


May 18
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Han Nae Kim


One-off Workshop


Studio 3
35 Uxbridge Road
Auckland, 2014 New Zealand
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(09) 535 6467

About Your Tutor:

Han Nae Kim

Han Nae Kim teaching Kintsugi – The Art of Broken Pieces Han Nae Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, and is now living and working in Auckland, New Zealand. Kim majored in Painting at Elam School of Fine Arts (The University of Auckland) . She later graduated with a Master of Fine Arts by research degree at Victorian College of the Arts (The University of Melbourne). Kim also has been trained in Asian lacquer art through a number of international…