Looking for kintsugi classes or kintsugi one-time workshops ?!
Maybe you have always hoped to repair someday a pottery dear to you. Or you are looking to learn a new hobby, or maybe you are interested in the soothing effect of kintsugi for the mind. Or maybe you are committed to a sustainable lifestyle and are interested to make kintsugi part of it.
At Tsugu Tsugu, we offer you the opportunity to learn traditional kintsugi at your own pace, according to your own interests and objectives. Our team of teachers is specialized in traditional kintsugi, which is based on the use of urushi lacquer, the tree sap of the lacquer tree. The main advantage of urushi is that it is very durable once it has cured and it is completely food safe, unlike fast-drying resins used in modern kintsugi.
Tsugu Tsugu currently has two studios in Tokyo, one in Ebisu and one in Asakusa.
What is “Kintsugi”?
Kintsugi is a centuries-old Japanese technique used to repair broken ceramcis. The oldest traces of kintsugi dates back to Jomon period (about 10 thousand years ago).
The main feature of kintsugi is that it highlights the restored scars of broken items with genuine gold, which turns the objects into pieces of art.
After a kintsugi repair, the value of the restored item is higher than before it was broken. Nowadays, kintsugi is very popular not only in Japan, but also abroad. However, it is rarely known that urushi is the main ingredient used in authentic kintsugi restorations.
How to do Kintsugi?
Follow the steps below;
- Step 1: Wash well all the objects you want to repair and sand the edges of broken pieces if there are any.
- Step 2: Stick the broken pieces together and/or fill the chipped area with urushi, and let urushi cure for a week in the urushi box.
- Step 3: Fill the small holes with another urushi paste to fix unevenness and gaps around the damaged areas. Leave the object in the urushi box again.
- Step 4: Apply black urushi over the restored parts and leave the object in the urushi box.
- Step 5 : Apply bengal-red urushi over black urushi and then sprinkle gold powder over it. Leave the object in the urushi box.
See, it is not that complicated !
Most of our students are complete beginners when they start our lessons but, after about a month, they are usually able to tackle kintsugi repairs independently. In case of tricky repairs, we can also plan a special courses to help and advise the student.
Why are we focusing on traditional kintsugi?
It is told that there are mainly 2 kintsugi methods – traditional kintsugi and modern kintsugi.
The difference between the two techniques is the ingredients used.
In the case of “modern kintsugi,” fast-drying chemical resins such as epoxy are used to restored damaged ceramics. The main advantage of this method is that it is fast. However, it is absolutely not food safe, which means that it should only be used for decorative projects.
“Traditional kintsugi” refers to a set of centuries-old techniques that are based on the use of urushi lacquer. Historically, kintsugi is closely tied to Japanese lacquerware, of which urushi is also a core ingredient. All ingredients used in traditional kintsugi are natural. In addition, if finishing layers such as gold, silver or urushi are used, it is completely food safe, which means that restored items can still be used in your daily life.
At Tsugu Tsugu, we specialize in “traditional kintsugi” because we are convinced that it is the only method that can deliver high-quality and durable result. In addition, we believe that the long process and patience that kintsugi repair require are also what make it so rewarding.
Tips to master traditional kintsugi
It is very important to take you time and not rush things when doing kintsugu. Patience and attention to details are the key to a good repair.
In addition, you should also make sure that each layer of urushi has cured completely before applying another layer over it.
You can do kintsugi with kintsugi kit which includes all the necessary items, but if you want to master or know further, hands-on workshop is one of the best options for you!
Our qualified teachers know different methods for each type of bowls and breakages.
We explains not only the processes but also the reason why we do so.
Therefore, it is easy to understand each steps!!
Almost 100% of the participants to our workshop are beginners.
They enjoy repairing their important ceramics reflecting the memories of the items, and just focusing on the processes.
Kintsugi makes you relaxed so that you can enjoy the different world 🙂
While traditional kintsugi takes time and effort, the sense of accomplishment you get upon completion is exquisitely rewarding.
Below photos are kintsugi works all done by beginners at our workshop!
Price of traditional kintsugi workshop TSUGUTSUGU
We are holding a regular workshop (you need to come here at least 5 times to repair your broken items) and 1 day special workshop.
During regular workshops (90 minutes per class), you will learn how to repair ceramics with kintsugi. You can bring you own objects. For a complete repair, 5 or 6 classes spread over 4-6 weeks are usually needed.
Admission fee -> Free (This campaign will end without prior notice)
Annual membership gee -> Free
¥6,600/each (¥22,000 for 4 times ticket)
Item storage fee: ¥3,300/year (Only if you leave your item at workshop)
Please note that you can repair several items at the same time, so do not hesitate to bring several objects to our studio.
Kintsugi Discovery Workshop – about 60 minutes: 6600 yen per person, tax included (minimum 2 people)
You will get to experience the most exciting part of traditional kintsugi restoration: the dusting of gold powder over the restored joints, cracks and chips. Due to the constraints of urushi, which requires several days to cure properly, the object used during the workshop will have been partially restored already. During the workshop, you will learn to make red urushi, apply it over the restored areas and then dust brass or gold (food safe, +550 yen per person) on the restored object.
Once the finishing layer has harden you can come and pick up your object at our studio, or have it shipped to your address in Japan or abroad (50 USD).
Long discovery workshop – about 60-90 minutes : ¥10,000 per person, tax included
You can try several important steps of kintsugi restoration. Due to the constraints of urushi, which requires several days to cure properly, a different object will be used for each different step of the kintsugi repair. You will for example learn how to make red urushi, apply it over the restored areas and then dust brass or gold (food safe, +550 yen per person) on the restored object.
Once the finishing layer has harden you can also come and pick up your object at our studio, or have it shipped to your address in Japan or abroad (50 USD).
How to reserve traditional kintsugi workshop TSUGUTSUGU?
Please contact us by e-mail at least 10 days in advance. For group booking, we recommend contacting us even earlier so that we can accommodate your request.
For our studio in Ebisu, we can accomodate groups up to 5 people (subject to availability)
For our studio in Asakusa, we can accomodate groups up to 10 people (subject to availability)
Please use the following address to contact us : email@example.com
Where is traditional kintsugi workshop TSUGUTSUGU?
Address: akikito apt 1F, Ebisu 2-21-2, Shibuya-ku, 150-0013 Tokyo-to
Access: Ebisu station (12′ on foot), Hiroo station (8′ on foot)
Address: 1-1-2, Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, 111-0034 Tokyo 111-0034, 1st floor
Access: Asakusa station (3-4′ on foot), Tawaramachi station (7′ on foot), Kuramae station (10′ on foot)
Preparation for kintsugi workshop?
If you have any broken ceramics, please bring it to us!
You may need to come to us and take workshops for 5-6 times.
If you don’t have any broken ceramics and you just want to try kintsugi, we will provide some broken items, so please let us know beforehand 🙂
Please come with casual clothes which you would not mind getting dirty.
Teacher – Yuki Matano
Yuki fell in love with the beauty of kintsugi and dreamt to become a master of it. She started learning kintsugi from artisans with decades of experience in kintsugi. It is often said that it takes over 3 years to master kintsugi but, thanks to a lot of practice and dedication, Yuki completed the full training within 8 months.
After that, Yuki was set on pursuing her journey with kintsugi and spread its charm all over the world. That is how Tsugu Tsugu, a company specializing in kintsugi, was founded. With the support of her master, Shibata-sensei, Yuki created the TSUGUKITs, which are easy to use kintsugi kits that include all the necessary ingredients for getting started with kintsugi.
In February 2021, Tsugu Tsugu opened its first kintsugi studio in Tokyo. Yuki’s workshops and kintsugi kits appear regularly on Japanese TV and in magazines.
At the moment, Yuki is in charge of workshops taught in English.