Flickwerk: The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics

From aesthetic, technical and artistic viewpoints, the restoration of ceramics with lacquer, which has been practiced in Japan for many centuries and which has been particularly cultivated since the sixteenth century, is a highly distinctive and extremely fascinating field of Japanese art.

flickwerk catalogue

The usage of lacquer to artfully repair damaged or broken ceramics (called kintsugi) is a specifically Japanese phenomenon that transcends the effect immanent in the materials and is based on aesthetic ideals which evolved in the culture of tea.

This and other aspects occupied the foreground of attention in an exhibition entitled “Flickwerk – The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics”.

Read more and view the very instuctive cataloge