Embracing imperfection in a tea cup

Tea cup

Smashed cup falls

Slow motion fall

too many edges for gold veins –

dust left on the floor.

Too many pieces

Golden joinery: In Japan there is an art called kintsugi which fixes broken ceramics with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Often the end result of this fixing is even more beautiful than the original. But kintsugi is not just a practical method of recycling, it is a reflection of a philosophy where breakage and repair are part of the history of a piece, rather than something to be disguised.

Smashed cup in circles