Kintsugi is based on the belief that something broken is stronger and more beautiful because of its imperfections, the history attached to it, and its altered state.”

-Jo Ann V. Glim.

Photo: My Plate

I did a Kintsugi workshop on the weekend. Kintsugi is not only the Japanese art of mending and repair but it’s also a philosophy.

It’s the belief that when we feel broken in life it should become a valuable and esteemed part of our learning and history, rather than something to hide. In fact, the tragedy or suffering we experience can create strength and resilience.

The process to repair my plate took time and patience and there were many layers to work through before we added the gold at the end.

The workshop was a wonderful reflection of my journey through grief and how long it took to nurture and mend my broken heart.

However, when we began the gold layering process, I understood, although each story, plate or scar was unique, it was also the part that transformed into a beautiful light within us.

39 thoughts on “Kintsugi

  1. Beautifully spoken Karen, it is indeed a journey of the heart, and the scars show that beauty within it. Great share for something so profound, thank you 😀❤️🙏🏽

  2. Karen, what a beautiful post. Kintsugi is such a wonderful artistic weaving together of the broken into something more beautiful and more expansive. How wonderful to experience it in a workshop! 💜🙏🏻

  3. So true, Karen.
    A broken bone mends stronger than before. And a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

    So it is with the trials of life. St. James tells us: Those who bear up under the trials of life, are pleasing to God. And one day will wear the crown of glory.

    One need not be victorious in the ring, break the ribbon at the finish line or be perfect in character. But, honored, if only in the eyes of God, is the one who fights the good fight, finishes the race and keeps the faith.

    You have done that Karen. So honored to call you friend.

  4. I had never heard of Kintsugi before, but what a powerful concept and course.
    The philosophy you introduce, the Japanese art of mending and repair, is influential. And it is inspiring also to see the beautiful plate you created… and understand the power behind doing so.

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