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 since 2020.

Repair service

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. Below you will find a price list.
We offer besides Urushi repair Kintsugi (gilding with 23K gold powder) and Gintsugi (silvering with real silver powder).

1. Mending crack/ hairline Crack: from 25 EUR 

(approx. 8 work steps, minimum 5 weeks)

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base price: mending crack with Urushi up to 5 cm: EUR 25 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 45 EUR

(approx. 10 work steps, minimum 7 weeks)

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base price: filling gap with Urushi (1 part, up to 1cm²): EUR 45 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 35 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 35 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)

 

Example 1: fixing brocken pieces (less than 20 cm) + cracks (less than 5 cm) 

Urushi-Repair: 50 EUR
Additionally both sides Gold: 55 EUR

105 EUR

Example 2: missing part (2cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 43 EUR
Additionally both sides Gold: 30 EUR

73 EUR

Example 3: fixing brocken pieces (27 cm) + missing part (less than 1cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 84 EUR
Additionally both sides Silver: 54 EUR

138 EUR

Example 4: fixing brocken pieces (5 pieces, 36 cm) + missing part (less than 1cm²) 

Urushi-Repair: 152 EUR
Additionally one side Gold: 116 EUR

268 EUR

Workshop

DIY-Kintsugi mit Urushi



Gallery

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

© Satoko Toyoda 2022