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Kintsugi - The Japanese Art of Precious Scars

Kintsugi - The Japanese Art of Precious Scars

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  • Sat 17 Aug ’19, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Sun 18 Aug ’19, 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama



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  • Course fee: $100.00

Selwyn Community Education is based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

This course, new to our programme for 2019, runs over two afternoon sessions on a Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4:30 PM each day.

Courses are available 25 - 26 May 2019 or 17 - 18 August 2019.

A third course is also available on 9 - 10 November 9:30 AM - 1 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Tutor: Aiko Fukumoto

Come and learn this beautiful and healing Japanese art that uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks.

The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals. You can either bring with you your own precious pieces or enjoy using pieces provided at the course.

The practice has a deeper philosophical meaning. The mended cracks become part of the object's design, reflecting symbolically an event in the life of that object, rather than the cause of its destruction. In practising this art-form, we can reflect on our own 'cracks' and 'bumps' and how we can incorporate these events into our life story, using our mind to repair our 'flaws' with beauty, creating precious scars.

Who should attend this course?
Those looking for a new art form. Those with broken crockery who would like an intriguing new way to recycle these items. Teenagers to adults suffering with anxiety, depression, worry, frustration, trauma, fear, anger and so on.

What to bring?
All materials are provided for this course including a bowl. If you prefer, you can bring your own pieces (broken or not) to break and repair.

About Aiko Fukumoto
Born in Japan, and living in Auckland for 30 years, life as a migrant was not easy. Kintsugi art helped Aiko to face trauma in her life, eventually accepting and becoming proud of her own precious scars. Aiko would like to share this ancient art with others as a way of repairing hearts through understanding, nurturing and strengthening of mind and spirit.

Our mission is to provide quality affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities for our community.

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