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)

いつも窯開けは、今迄積み重ねてきた研究と努力の成果が明らかになる時。窯焚きに一週間以上体力と神経を注ぎ込んだ後、窯が冷めるのを待つ間、失った体力を回復しながら待つだけの一週間は、待ちどうしくもあり待ちどうしくもなしと言った中途半端な日々、大抵の窯出し日は待ち切れずに予定より一日早くなってしまいます。(君嶋)

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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One 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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