ZIYO provides a Ceramic and pottery repair service. ZIYO offers TWO solutions for your broken object. The first technique is called Kintsugi (金継ぎ) which uses the natural lacquer and highlights the vine of the cracks filled with various precious metal dusts such as gold, silver or platinum. The second one is a Chinese traditional repair technique called Jusi (鋦磁) which is solely using a metal strip to staple up the broken pieces. Both methods have an amazing finish and will not attempt to disguise the breakage, but will instead highlight the cracks . We feel these methods of repairing give a new life and meaning to a much loved piece of pottery that was accidentally broken. This repair technique adds to the history of an object, giving it new life and meaning for generations to come.
As a philosophy, imperfect can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, a philosophy that embraces the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values wear and tear through the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an object around even after it has broken and as a justification of kintsugi itself; highlighting the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object rather than allowing its service to end at the time of its damage or breakage.
We quote on for ceramic repairs on a piece-by-piece basis. The size of the object, the extent of the repairs needed, and your choice of metal are all factors that will determine the cost of the repair.
Because of these variables we would either need to see the object in person, or we would require several pictures of the piece that needs repairing in order to provide a repair cost estimate. The repair process uses a natural lacquer, which is very tough and hard once it is dried, so the durability is unquestionable. The down side of natural lacquer is that it has a long drying time, so these repairs can take several weeks to complete. We can photograph and catalogue the progress of the repair for you, giving you a further historical record of the item being repaired.
ZIYO’s studio is located in South East London. Please contact us for more information.
A repair will highlight the damage, giving your broken pottery and ceramics new life and meaning
Our craftsmen will give the repair as much time, care, and attention as required. We only use the highest quality traditional repair materials
Kintsugi repairs can trurn ordinary or low monetary value ceramics and pottery into a unique treasure. If the pottery you need repairing is low in monetary value but high in sentimental value, this repair technique is at its most viable.