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The Art of Kintsugi

  • Adorn 104 Madison Avenue North Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110 United States (map)

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”  -Leonard Cohen

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold or silver. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. This technique is derived from the traditional Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, which is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."

Helen Burke teaches yoga and mindfulness classes and has included this art form with introspection and intention into her teachings. Kintsugi illuminates the brokenness and imperfection instead of hiding it. To use these broken objects as a metaphor for our own cracks, and to highlight our imperfections can become a source of strength and transformation for healing. Connection, beauty, and repair can be found in showing these breaks and sharing with others. Please join us for this donation only class. All donations will be given to Bainbridge Youth Services. Material kits can be purchased on the day of class.

Class space is limited and seats fill quickly. RSVP in store or over the phone.

Earlier Event: May 20
Tassel & Macramé Bracelet
Later Event: May 27
Pearl Knotting