LCW21 Kintsugi Workshop : The Art of Repair
For London Craft Week, wagumi in the Oxo Tower will offer an opportunity to connect with Japanese crafts. In particular this year it will provide workshops in kintsugi, and the making of incense.
Kintsugi is a method to allow broken ceramics to attain a beautiful afterlife. It is a process that uses lacquer, sealants and metal powder to trace the lines of a breakage, and create something new. More than a simple act of restoration, kintsugi makes a features of the cracks formed in a moment of chance.
This touches on classic concepts in the Japanese decorative arts, such the impermanence of things, and beauty in imperfection. Kintsugi practitioner Iku Nishikawa will lead the workshops, and is able to instruct in the principles and techniques of kintsugi. The small group workshops to be held at wagumi, will offer accessible introductions to the method of ceramic repair.
Saturday 9th October
Sunday 10th October
12:00-13:30 / 15:00-16:30 / 17:00-18:30
Booking Details：Booking: Necessary
About Iku Nishikawa:
Iku Nishikawa, a practitioner in kintsugi, will at wagumi offer a simple introduction to its techniques. Including some shortcuts, the workshops are intended as an entry to the deeper art of mending ceramics with lacquer.
The format will allow for participants to work on Japanese ceramic fragments, that they will be able to keep. (Unfortunately, in the timeframe, it is not possible for those taking part to bring their own ceramics to the workshop to mend)
*Note on Covid19*
The workshops we are organising for London Craft Week will be held in accordance with government guidance, and Covid security policy at wagumi.
We will use a unit in addition to our normal one in the Oxo Tower to create more space for the workshops, and no participants from different households will be sat in proximity to one another. We will have perspex sheets, and of course, wagumi staff, will wear masks, and regularly sanitise their hands. All tools used in the workshops will be sanitised before and after use. We will ventilate the room, and ensure an air flow.
We ask that participants do not attend if they feel unwell, or are required to self-isolate, and will provide refunds to those in these circumstances. We also ask that all participants wear masks, and will provide masks for anyone unable to bring one with them. We will also provide disposable gloves, as we would in any case for kintsugi. For the purpose of contact tracing we will retain the contact details provided by participants for a period after the workshops.
The safety of customers and staff at wagumi is our absolute priority.