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.
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
Drying box, muro
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.
Mixing of medium
Securing of pieces
Final pre-metal preparation
Final finish work
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.
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 cup.
Middle applied to kintsugi restored vase.
Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired bowl.
Metal applied to kitsukuroi repaired cup.
Middle lacquer applied to kitsukuroi restored vase.
These are the projects I am working on how. Most of them are nearing the finishing stages.
Vase with restoration work.
Vase with restoration work. Detail.
Antique bowl with a split repair.
Antique bowl with a split repair.
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.
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.
Here are 2 bowls that have gold leaf applied over lacquer. Over the gold leaf I have also applied an over-coat of Japanese lacquer.
Here is the bowl in the last post with the leaf removed. I still need to go back in with some more work but I really like how dreamy it looks.
I have never used gold leaf in kintsugi before. I just did some experimentation to see how easy or difficult it would be. Beneath the leaf is a design done in lacquer. As soon as the lacquer dries I will remove the leaf and see what it looks like.
This cup took a lot of work to get it to where it is. It could use some more silver applied over the layer that is on it now but I like the look now so might leave like it is. It was a large hole restoration type repair.