kintsugiberlin

Mending pottery with natural materials

Kintsugiberlin is a studio for you and your ceramic piece.
I love ceramics, and I want to repair your favourite piece of art in a sustainable way.
I 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 house-studio in Berlin since 2020.

Workshop

Due to the high demand and the already large number of people on the waiting list, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept any further individuals onto the waiting list this year. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note that workshop inquiries will not receive email responses. However, I am more than happy to accept repair requests.

Thank you for your understanding.


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Kostenlos

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Kostenlos

Repair service

1. Mending crack/ hairline Crack: from 30 EUR 

(approx. 8 work steps, minimum 5 weeks)

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base price: mending crack with Urushi up to 5 cm: EUR 30 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: 3,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, one side: 2,00 EUR (pro cm)

2. Filling gap/ missing parts: from 50 EUR

(approx. 10 work steps, minimum 7 weeks)

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base price: filling gap with Urushi (1 part, up to 1cm²): EUR 50 EUR

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

 

additional:

with gold, both sides: 16,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with gold, one side: 9,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with silver, both sides: 8,00 EUR (pro cm²)

with silver, one side: 5,00 EUR (pro cm²)

3. Fixing broken pieces from 40 EUR

(approx. 10 work steps, minimum 7 weeks)

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base price: fixing broken piece with Urushi (1 piece, up to 20 cm): EUR 40 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: 3,00 EUR (pro cm)

with silver, one side: 2,00 EUR (pro cm)

 

Please send us a picture of your object with a ruler or tape measure by e-mail, so that the sizes can be approximately seen. We will provide you with a rough estimate of repair costs and time duration. After we receive your object, we will review our estimate and provide an accurate quote. 

Example 1: cracks (31 cm) 

Urushi-Repair: 82 EUR
Additionally both sides Gold: 155 EUR

237 EUR

Example 2: fixing brocken pieces (3 pieces) + missing part (2 cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 133 EUR

133 EUR

Example 3: fixing broken pieces (6 pieces, 45 cm) + missing part (weniger als 1 cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 150 EUR
Additionally one sides Gold:  81 EUR

Gesamt: 231 EUR

Example 4: fixing broken pieces (5 pieces, 13 cm) + cracks (12cm) +missing parts (2 cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 150 EUR
Additionally both sides Silber: 99 EUR

Gesamt: 249 EUR

Gallery

Some of the images are from Florian Reischauer (florianreischauer.com) and Elena Capra (elenacapra.com)

© Satoko Toyoda 2023