kintsugiberlin

Mending pottery with natural materials

Kintsugiberlin is a studio for you and your ceramic piece.
We love ceramics, and we want to repair our favourite piece of art in a sustainable way.
We offer repair service and regular workshops.


What is Kintsugi?

Kintsugi (金継ぎ, „golden joining“) is the traditional Japanese handcraft of repairing broken pottery with Urushi (漆) and powdered gold. The idea of Kintsugi is visualizing mends as uniqueness, rather than the absence or missing parts.


What is Urushi?

Urushi is a natural resin extracted from the East Asian Urushi tree (lacquer tree). 
The resin is tapped by hand by an experienced Urushi tapper (漆掻き). Only about 200 ml of urushi resin can be obtained from one tree.
Tapping causes the tree to die, but new shoots soon form at the root.

About kintsugiberlin

As the founder of the studio, Satoko began practicing Kintsugi during her conservation studies in southern Germany and has been practicing it for several years. Her Kintsugi method is based on Japanese tradition, but has been adapted for everyday repair. She has been running her studio in Berlin-Neukölln since 2020.

Repair service

Due to the infection situation, we can currently only accept objects by post. We'll check object-condition and estimate the cost clearly. Please see the price list below.
We offer simple Utushi-Tsugi (Urushi mending without metal powder), Kintsugi (with gold powder, 22K) and Gintsugi (with silver powder).
Due to the drying process of Urushi the process of repairing can take several weeks.

1. Mending crack/ hairline Crack: from 20 EUR 

(approx. 8 work steps, minimum 3 weeks)

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base price: mending crack with Urushi up to 5 cm: EUR 20 EUR 

from 5 cm 2,00 EUR per additional cm

 

additional:

with gold, both sides: 5,00 EUR (pro cm)

with gold, one side: 3,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, both sides: 2,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, one side: 1,00 EUR (pro cm)

2. Filling gap/ missing parts: from 40 EUR

(approx. 10 work steps, minimum 5 weeks)

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base price: filling gap with Urushi (1 part, up to 1cm²): EUR 40 EUR

from 1 cm²  (1 x 1 cm) 3,00 EUR per additional cm²

 

additional:

with gold, both sides: 15,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with gold, one side: 8,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with silver, both sides: 7,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with silver, one side: 4,00 EUR (pro cm²)

3. Fixing broken pieces from 30EUR

(approx. 10 work steps, minimum 5 weeks)

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base price: fixing broken piece with Urushi (1 piece, up to 20 cm): EUR 30 EUR

from 20 cm 2 EUR per additional cm

 

additional:

with gold, both sides: 5,00 EUR (pro cm)

with gold, one side: 3,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, both sides: 2,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, one side: 1,00 EUR (pro cm)

 

Example 1: fixing brocken pieces (20cm) + missing part (less than 1cm²) + cracks 7cm

Urushi-Tsugi: 94 EUR
Additionally both sides Gold: 150 EUR

244 EUR

Example 2: missing part (under 1cm²)

Urushi-Tsugi: 40 EUR
Additionally one side gold: 1cm²: 8 EUR

48EUR

Example 3: fixing brocken pieces (30cm)

Urushi-Tsugi: 50EUR
Additionally both sides silver: 60 EUR 

110 EUR

Example 4: missing part (2 x 3 cm, 6cm²)

Urushi-Tsugi: 55 EUR
Additionally both side gold: 90EUR 

145 EUR

Workshop

DIY-Kintsugi mit Urushi

Fully booked
We will gladly put you on the waiting list and inform you as soon as a date is available. 

Online Gintsugi workshop, repairing with silver:
4 dates (Sa. & So.), altogether ca. 150 min
(time span until completion 15 days)
100 EUR incl. material shipping

With our "Gintsugi" workshop, we repair small gaps or imperfections with Urushi and real silver powder. The gap should not be smaller than 1 mm and not larger than 1 x 1 cm. Max. 2 objects per participant.

We have a limited number of 4 participants. 


Gallery

Some of the images are from Florian Reischauer (florianreischauer.com)

© Satoko Toyoda 2020