The Dark Side of the Moon – 茶碗「闇月」yami-no-tsuki

A couple of emails came asking me to make my pots with Kintsugi features.
Hello, I have just discovered kintsugi and am fascinated! My husband and I have been through some rough times lately and I wanted to buy him a bowl or plate repaired in the kintsugi way to symbolize our new beginning. However, I am unable to find ANYTHING for sale. Could you make me a bowl or plate, then break it and repair it using that method?

Hello, I am searching for a beautiful piece of kintsugi to purchase.
Do you have a gallery online where I could view your work? Also, do
you sell any of your work?
They must find restored pieces with Kintsugi are rather unique and fascinating. And I understand why they wanted Kintsugi applied pots. But I had to reply their requests would not be granted.
‘A pot should be beautiful and most desirable just as they come out of a kiln.’
I make pots/vessels using mediaeval wood-firing skills. All my pots are meant to be used but I often have imperfect vessels after a long wood-firing. Some just came out distorted or broken. I have smashed many undesirable pots but kept a few pieces looked rather unexpectedly charming and might worth repairing. I do not make pots for Kintsugi by intention. My kintsugi has to be the last resort for precious pots broken by accident. I am rather happy to accept your beloved but broken vessels to be restored with my Kintsugi method.

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Here I am showing my chawan (tea bowl) came out of a wood-firing as the foot-ring was broken and the bubbled glaze all over at the inside bottom. I have ground off the the foot-ring with an electric grinder and ground off the bubbles inside by hand. Now I am still wondering what to do with it.(Gas)


About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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1 Response to The Dark Side of the Moon – 茶碗「闇月」yami-no-tsuki

  1. Hello Gas. Loved your blog and I must send a “Congratulations!” to you, even using Google as a translator, forgive me if I write something that it is not correct. But I think its important to say that I liked everything you wrote in the blog. Thanks for the suggestions, it all helps us a lot. I live in Brazil. A big hug, Beth Coe Maeda.

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