More Beautiful for Being Broken: Kintsukuroi

Here is a beautiful post from R.H. (Rusty) Foerger. I’d like to share it because of my aesthetic and spiritual interest in Kintsugi, and for all those who feel broken.

Curriculum of the Spiritual Life

“The Japanese art of Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, repairs broken pottery with seams of gold. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object even more beautiful for being broken.”

This is a powerful metaphor of the beauty of restoration – a restoration that does not exactly return to the old pattern, but embellishes beauty along fractured lines of our brokenness.

Artist Teresita Fernandez said this:

In Japan there is a kind of reverence for the art of mending…  A broken bowl would be valued precisely because of the exquisite nature of how it was repaired…

Often, we try to repair broken things in such a way as to conceal the repair and make it “good as new.” But the tea masters understood that by repairing the broken bowl with the distinct beauty of radiant gold, they could create an alternative to “good as new” and instead employ a “better…

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  1. Most people, today, don’t even repair broken objects; they just throw them away and buy a new one. They even throw relationships away, not trying to “fix” them. Kintsugi reminds us that being repaired is not a bad thing. I really like the metaphor, although I prefer a secular one. Thanks for this, Lesley! I enjoy your posts and how they are composed.

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    • This is very true, Sabishi, in our throwaway culture.
      As for the posts, I am thankful for the people who write and inspire me to share.
      Thank you, Bonny Lad. I hope you have a lovely day! 😀

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