Kintsugi, “Golden Ceramic Mending” is a century old Japanese art of repairing broken and cracked pottery with natural lacquer called Urushi, and finish with surface decoration using powdered gold, giving a new life to when otherwise items would be thrown away. In the recent years this craftsmanship has been regarded as an important traditional craft to influence modern art as well as positive effect on mind therapy – Yoko Kawada, Art Kintsugi Sydney.
I had seen examples of Kintsugi years ago and loved the style and approach of creating something new through repair. It was something I thought I could learn from instructions in a kit. A message to a Japanese store on Instagram about buying a kit started a conversation that led to me learning the art of Kintsugi in a workshop. I learnt about its history, the traditional method of Kintsugi, a modern method with classical elements, how to use tools, with the guidance of a great artist turned instructor, as well as elements of Japanese culture. Learning something from instructions on a box has its place in the world, as does learning a craft or new skill. The workshop which ran for 4 hours (virtually) turned out to be a combination of skill development and personal development as the process itself was unexpectedly meditative and thoughtful.
Learning doesn’t always have to be related to professional skill development, personal development is just as important. Taking time out on a personal level to learn a craft is great for overall well being, which can then have a flow on effect in our professional life. When meaningful learning opportunities present themselves, say yes to it and do something for your personal development.