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3 day workshop in English in Japan on how to do kintsugi.

I will give a 3 day workshop on how to do kintsugi kitsuroi, in Nara, Japan. It will take place in the spring of 2015 and there are 5 seats available. The workshop will be tailored for those who want to have a complete and comprehensive understanding of the materials and methods of kintsugi.
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Kintsugi is a process that requires a good grasp of the materials and techniques so the process of the workshop will be defined by some hands-on work, discussion of the materials, hands-on practice, discussion of the materials, etc.
I will be working with real lacquer and do some demonstrations with gold but the majority of demonstrations will be with brass.

Participants can expect a complete and thorough understanding of

Tools
Drying box, muro
Lacquer
Mixing mediums
Metals
Brushes
Abrasives

Techniques
Types of ceramics body and problems in repair.
Chips on the rim or lip repair.
Cracks in the body, nyu, repair
Repair of a broken piece.
Restoration of a missing piece.
Pre-repair preparation
Mixing of medium
Medium placement
Securing of pieces
Drying
Intermediate cleanup
Fill work
Final cleanup
Final pre-metal preparation
Metal application
Final finish work
Lacquer
Polishing

The workshop is limited to 5 seats. The price for the workshop will be 200,000 yen, about 2,000$ at todays rate.
My target date is the cherry blossoms of 2015, April, 2015 Lodging is available for a reasonable price in Nara-machi, very close to the site of the workshop.
If you are interested in participating in the workshop you can contact me here.

Restoration using kintsugi, kitsukuroi

I have 10 pieces in some process of repair. The first piece is a vase that was missing a piece in the neck. I restored it with tonoko and lacquer and am now in the process of finishing it with a decorative finish. The other  2 pieces are having restorative work done in areas that have kiln scars. I used masking tape so the surrounding unglazed area doesn’t get stained.
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Current projects, kintsugi

I applied metal to a number of fill repaired pieces today. I also applied a middle coat to a restoration project. I would usually use black as a middle lacquer but used red since I want to use the red up as it is getting old.

Metal applied to kintsugi repaired bowl.

Metal applied to kintsugi repaired bowl.

Metal applied to kintsugi repaired cup.

Metal applied to kintsugi repaired cup.

Middle lacquer applied to kintsugi restored vase.

Middle applied to kintsugi restored vase.

Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired bowl.

Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired bowl.

Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired cup.

Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired cup.

Middle lacquer applied to kitsukuroi restored vase.

Middle lacquer applied to kitsukuroi restored vase.

 

 

Troubleshooting kintsugi, kitsukuroi. Rough surface after metal application.

I have had some problems lately with the metal, gold, silver, and brass, not laying flat in wide areas of lacquer. It dries out to a rough surface and requires sanding and reapplication in order to achieve a smooth finish.
I have figured out that it is being caused by bubbles in the lacquer. What is causing the bubbles is still something of a mystery. My leading candidates: temperature, brushes, age of the lacquer. There are no end to the possible candidates but those are the ones I am trying to eliminate.
Temperature. My studio is unheated other than a space heater. The lacquer in the tubes is room temperature and that may be a cause of the bubbles. The temperature differential between the ceramics body and the lacquer may also be a cause.
Brushes. I use my brushes everyday and they may be wearing out. I also coat them in vegetable oil which may also be the cause of the bubbles.
Age of the lacquer. None of the lacquer I am using is old but that is another possibility in the bubbles. There may be some kind of organic decomposition going on that is releasing bubbles.
The (not clear) photos show 2 types of lacquer on 2 types of body. The piece that has a lot of crackle is a low fired glaze and it also exhibits the roughest surface.
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Video, application of fine gold powder in kintsugi, kitsukuroi

This video shows close to the final step in doing restoration work for a piece of ceramic that is missing a piece using real lacquer. The gold I am using is what is most commonly used. It is a very fine powder of pure gold. Of the available gold grinds it is less expensive than a coarser grind. I usually use the coarser grind.