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Upcoming workshops.

San Francisco, California, November, 2015. This will be a 3 hour workshop with a maximum of 10 participants. The fee  is 200$ excluding materials if paid in advance, 240$ the day of the workshop.

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

There are only 2 seats left for this workshop.

I will give a 3 day workshop on how to do kintsugi kitsukuroi, in Nara, Japan. It will take place in the spring of 2015, April 21st. — April 23rd. and have 2 sessions per day, one in the morning for 3 hours, one in the afternoon from between 3-4 hours. The  number of seats is limited to 5. 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 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

Drying box, muro
Lacquer types
Mixing mediums

Types of ceramic 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
Intermediate cleanup
Fill work
Final cleanup
Final pre-metal preparation
Metal application
Decorative metal application
Final finish work

The workshop is limited to 5 seats. The price for the workshop will be 200,000 yen if paid in advance, 240,000 if paid on the first day of the workshop. The workshop fee includes these materials, https://www.etsy.com/listing/194066907/deluxe-kintsugi-set-honurushi-lacquer-2?
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.

Shaping the edge of kintsugi repairs.

Here are photos of the kintsugi pieces I am working on. The plate is missing a piece and I have filled it in with a flour/lacquer mix. The bowl has chips all the way around the lip, in fact it is almost all chips.

Shaping and sanding pieces like this is very time intensive. I have already spent at least 3 hours on the bowl and over 1 hour on the plate.

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Cheap and reasonably priced guest houses and hotels in Nara, Japan.

I am getting ready for the workshop in April, 2015 and have this list of hotels and guesthouses. It might be helpful for other people coming to Nara so I will post it here.

English language links




Above are to the same place


Guesthouse Nara Komachi
41-2 Surugamachi
Nara, Nara Prefecture 630-8357 6,900 a night, no apparent English or Japanese website

Guest house iki, no apparent English or Japanese website

The deer park inn.

Quick guide on how to do kintsugi, kitsukuroi.

#1 Mix tonoko or flour with water till it is spongy but not too wet.
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#2 Add lacquer to the flour/water or tonoko/water and mix it until it is evenly blended in.
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#3 Apply the mixture to both sides of the broken piece and then fit the pieces together.
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#4 Set the piece aside to dry. If you are using real lacquer you need to put it in a damp and warm place for about 7 days. For synthetic or cashew lacquer you need to let it dry for about 2 days.
#5 After the piece is dry clean up the material that has been squeezed out from between the edges.
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#6 To get the smoothest finish you should apply a coat of lacquer over the repair line.
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#7 Let the lacquer dry for 1 or 2 days.
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#8 Sand down the middle lacquer till it is smooth.
#9 Apply lacquer to your seam, make it as thin as possible.
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#10 Sprinkle whatever metal you are using onto your wet lacquer.
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#11 Put the piece aside to dry for at least 1-3 days.
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#12 Gently dust away the excess metal.
#13 If you are using fine powder gold, brass, silver, aluminum, you are done. If you are using a coarser grind of gold then there are several more steps.
#14 These steps are for coarse gold. Apply an overcoat of lacquer, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then dab it completely away.
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#15 Put the piece aside to dry for 1 day.
#16 Apply a mixture of polishing stone and oil and rub till the surface is smooth.