Naomi Taplin, a Sydney based ceramicist who gained a Bachelor of Design from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, is offering workshops in this beautiful art form. She upholds the philosophy of Kintsugi; treating repair from breakage as a beautiful thing, in relationships as in objects.
The repair of the broken object and accentuating the cracks makes the mend something to highlight and celebrate rather than disguise. There is no pretend in this. That something has been broken is acknowledged, and the healing celebrated.
'More beautiful for having been broken'[iii], Kintsugi philosophy views breakage as a portion of the history of an object[iv], and repair as golden.
'Kintsugi is the practise of mending ceramics with gold or silver lacquer, accentuating the cracks. The finished piece is not just useful again, but more beautiful. Broken ceramics are a part of life in my studio, so this artform is something I've embraced with joy.' Naomi Taplin
'The ability to work in the development of everyday objects brings a sense of grounding and purpose to my practice. I am interested in creating beautiful, functional pieces that connect with the human psyche. Pieces that have the ability to tell a story and to enrich the tasks and the lives of the user'. Naomi Taplin
In her 'Kintsugi for Modern Life' workshops, participants will explore the history of Kintsugi and will also get hands on experience at the repair of a broken object under Naomi's guidance. See below for a detailed description of the workshop.
'This series of workshops will explore and discuss the traditional art of Japanese Kintsugi and bring a modern spin to the ancient repair technique.
The philosophy of kintsugi sees the broken piece brought back to life with a new level of beauty, both aesthetically and through the trauma it has experienced. The application of gold (or silver) to the exposed vein of the mended piece creates a visual representation of a mended scar and each process – the make, the break and the mend – creates a story that adds to the value and beauty of the object.
In the workshops participants will practice an adapted method of this technique using modern glue and powders. There will be a selection of broken pieces they can choose from to repair, as well as bringing their own broken treasures to work on. All materials will be supplied and each participant will receive a small kit that they can take home to continue their kintsugi adventures.' Naomi Taplin
I am personally intrigued by the art of Kintsugi, and love the philosophy behind it. The idea of repair being beautiful, and objects worthy of repair, is reflected in our relationships with each other and our thoughts about ourselves. To value and honour ourselves and each other, regardless of past trauma or current hurt, regardless of faults or flaws – and to find a way to honour ourselves and one another in repair, to me, is 'golden' – something exquisitely valuable and to be sought after. There is a beauty in healing, and though scars are often disguised and hidden, the stories surrounding them can lead to connection with each other in a society where connection and relationships are often tentative and fragile. The aspect of vulnerability this art form explores is timeless and lovely.
I am so excited that Naomi is running 'Kintsugi for Modern Life' workshops. I have booked in for Sunday June 18th. Hope to see you there!
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