The courses I teach are aimed at people who want a deep and thorough understanding of traditional kintsugi. I don’t use putties or glue and we use real gold and silver during the longer courses. Many of the people who study want to teach so they need a complete understanding of the process and how to troubleshoot and solve problems that come up. Taking a 3 and 10 day course will provide more instruction than years at a once a week type course.
All courses are taught in English or Japanese with a focus on traditional Japanese processes and materials. This includes not being wasteful with the materials and keeping the work space free of food and other distractions. The courses and teaching are based on what is called in Japan minarai, 見習い, learning by looking and feeling, a more intuitive approach.
I can schedule workshops in Japan to fit most schedules.
June 30th – July 2nd, 2017, Nara, Japan, 3 day workshop Beginner level. Seating is limited to 5 people in this workshop.
As a recipient of a Fund for Teachers fellowship, I had the good fortune of being able to participate in a 3 day intensive kintsugi workshop with David Pike in Japan at the end of June 2017. The workshop took place in his studio which is located in a beautiful mountainside region outside of Nara. I conveniently stayed at a hostel right across the Nara train/bus station and was able to hop onto the bus every morning. David was there waiting for me at the bus stop.
As a total novice to kintsugi, David effectively broke down the entire process into concrete steps so that I could digest this very complex and layered art form. The kintsugi process cannot be completed in 3 days, it takes time. So, David first demonstrated the steps of the process that could actually be executed during this timeframe and then had me perform the tasks, as well. As an educator myself, I really appreciated his patience, hands-on approach, and how he scaffolded the content. The aspects of the process that couldn’t be executed during the workshop, he brought to life as much as possible through concrete examples of work that he had in his studio.
I look forward to receive my supplies and pieces that I started in the mail shortly so that I can put the theory I learned into practice. David was very open to having me contact him via email to answer questions as the process unfolds. Thank you, David!
ALL SEATS FULL April 5, 6, 7, 2017, Chapelle, Glâne, Switzerland, 3 day workshop. ALL SEATS FULL. The address is Imp. Notre-Dame 29, 1608 Chapelle (glâne)
Oron-la-ville is a place close by that has rooms to stay.
Ce workshop est magnifique. Le kintsugi est un art de la réparation, et comme tout art et philosophie, il demande du temps. Je me réjouis de faire le workshop de 10 jours qui me permettra d’aller plus précisément dans les différentes étapes de cette technique.
J’ai apprécié la découverte de la technique, de mieux la comprendre les différentes étapes du kintusugi
On a du matériel de qualité!
le kintsugi? Mais c’est un deuxième métier!
très bon workshop. Le kintsugi est une technique très pointue, donc il a fallu y entrer et faire des efforts de compréhension .
April 8, 2017, Chapelle, Glâne, Switzerland, 3 hour beginner workshop. Seating is limited to 10 people in this workshop. Oron-la-ville is a place close by that has rooms to stay. Address of workshop is the same for both workshops.
December 20, 2016, Nara, Japan 3 hour beginner workshop. Seating is limited to 10 people in this workshop.
Berkeley, California, October 14. 2016 Doe Memorial Library, 4pm to 6pm. This isn’t a workshop but a talk about kintsugi through the Berkeley Colloquium series. berkeley.edu//event
After years of savoring the idea of kintsugi, the real thing arrived in the form of David Pike from Nara. In an intimate setting, we were taken through the steps and thinking that kintsugi requires. Each student was provided the materials and tools needed in neat and labeled packets. Participants brought their shards of ceramic pieces and tried to repair and imagine them whole again! all along the way, Pike was there with advice and hands-on help. I was taken with the importance of sound and touch in this ancient craft and Pike’s obvious experience and knowledge. For me, this was my ‘fall expense’ and it was worth it completely—not because i walked away with an intact finished piece, but because i had a morning with a master of the craft and enough teaching to begin the path. I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop.
Nara, Japan, August 22nd. — September 4th. 13 day kintsugi workshop, Intermediate/advanced workshop. There are 2 seats left for this workshop.
I can highly recommend the ten day workshop Dave Pike is offering, for people who have prior knowledge of kintsugi. Its a unique class you cannot find elsewhere. I just came back from the workshop and had a fantastic experience – not just in relation to the actual practice of learning how to put things together in the traditional kintsugi way (meaning no glue, only using lacquer) but also in relation to the entire atmosphere, the place, and what you learn about the culture and its aesthetics (from food to ceramics to the philosophy of wabi sabi and more) through a unique time on site, conversations and people you meet. It really is a Japan I would not have been able to see otherwise. I learnt much more than I expected and came back really inspired. The course is well structured and Dave a great teacher with a lot of patience, accommodating people’s needs, wishes and time schedules. The studio space is also great and situated in a peaceful location. Because of the necessary drying time of the pieces I would have liked to stay longer – fifteen days with weekend breaks to travel in between (to allow the pieces more rest and time to dry) would have been ideal.
Nara, Japan, May 30th. — June 10th. 10 day kintsugi workshop, Intermediate/advanced workshop. There are 2 seats left for this workshop.
I recently attended a 10 day intermediate/advanced workshop with Dave Pike. It was a fabulous experience. My knowledge of the intricacies of Kintsugi and techniques involving urushi lacquer and Maki-e metal work has advanced significantly. It is a difficult technique to learn to do properly but Dave’s experience and hands on teaching has improved my abilities considerably. I had been struggling with some aspects of the technique and he was able to show me how to overcome these problems. He also arranged for me to work with a specialist in Maki-e which enabled me to learn about advanced metal finishing techniques. He provided a fantastic insight into Japanese culture and arranged for me to stay in a wonderful Ryokan/homestay which I greatly appreciated. He was also able to help me with some translation and visits to see other ceramic practitioners. If you are interested in learning advanced techniques or indeed how to tackle ceramic repair techniques using Kintsugi I would most definitely recommend his courses. Stephanie Hammill
Japan, May 18th. 3 hour workshop, Beginner workshop.
This was a brilliant workshop. Dave is quite simply an excellent teacher, providing very clear instructions and demonstrations. He is also a wonderful host, making sure that your stay in Japan (I travelled to the workshop from overseas) is entertaining and smooth. This particular workshop was conducted at a small Japanese Ryokan in a charming little village near Nara, in the mountains. The surrounds were spectacular, the food at the Ryokan was unbelievably good and the local people very welcoming. If you have an interest in pursuing Kintsugi, I cannot imagine a better way to begin than by taking Dave’s introductory course. And once you’re in, you’re likely to be hooked.
November 16th. — 27th. Nara, Japan. 10 day workshop. This workshop is an advanced level course.
The workshop will be for people who have already learned the fundamentals of kintsugi and it will be limited to 5 people.
The class will meet from 9:00 am till 12:00 pm and then again from 1:00 pm till 4:00 pm. The morning session will focus on putting pieces back together using kintsugi with the goal of completing them in the first 6 days. The remaining time will be given to applying metal to the seams. The afternoon session will be given to metal finishing. We will be using rougher grind metal and going through the process to completely finish it. It is the heart of kintsugi and needs to be mastered in order to master kintsugi.
The dates are going to be from November 16th. to November 27th. The weekend of 21/22 will be days off.
November 30th. –December 2. Nara, Japan. 3 day workshop.
This workshop will cover all processes of kintsugi. You will work in a morning and afternoon session. Both sessions will include explanation and hands-on work. The class size is limited to 5 people.
This workshop is full. October 29th. Cedar Valley, Iowa, Three Pines Farm. 3 hour workshop with synthetic lacquer.
The course will be from 1:00-4:00 pm. The workshop is an introductory, hands-on class for kintsugi using synthetic lacquer. Everyone will have the opportunity to repair a piece they bring with them. I will demonstrate the first, basic steps in getting a piece back together, clean up of the piece and final metal application. Time permitting you will have the chance to practice the metal application on an extra piece you bring.
October 31st. and November 1st. San Francisco. 3 and 4 hour workshops with synthetic lacquer for the 31st., real lacquer and a focus on metal finishing for the November 1st. workshop.
The October 31st. will be from 1:30-4:00 pm. The course is an introductory, hands-on class for kintsugi using synthetic lacquer. Everyone will have the opportunity to repair a piece they bring with them. I will demonstrate the first, basic steps in getting a piece back together, clean up of the piece and final metal application. Time permitting you will have the chance to practice the metal application on an extra piece you bring.
The November 1st. will be from 10:00-2:00 pm. This course is an introductory course using real lacquer. It is longer to allow more work in the clean-up and metal finishing steps of kintsugi.
May, 2015. Nara, Japan.
October, 2013. San Francisco.
November, 2012, Kyushu, Japan.