“Conservation Studio”: Fill a Crack with the Most Valuable Gold

Text: summer

Image Courtesy: Conservation Workshop

The “Conservation Studio”, located at the middle first street in 798 Art Zone, has hosted multiple lacquer and kintsugi workshops since 2016. This year in 2020, the studio has rearranged its workshop schedule to offer the visitors an immersive and rewarding experience of the traditional yet innovative practice.


Kintsugi was originated from Chinese traditional lacquer techniques. As it developed and revolved through time, it absorbed many influences from Japanese tea culture and the correlated aesthetics. Therefore, kintsugi can actually be considered as a traditional and innovative form of craftsmanship.



Kintsugi, meaning “golden repair”, is a practice that uses natural lacquer as a binder to mend areas of breakage on broken potteries. The mended areas are usually adorned with powdered gold or gold foil, leaving the crevice to shine while not overpowering the body. It is a unique kind of beauty that takes great artistry to achieve. Kintsugi is also widely used in mending other intricate objects of different materials including bamboo, wood, jade and ivory.


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For someone who enjoys collecting objects, it always comes a time when you accidentally break a piece or two that you treasure. They might be a true valuable or an ordinary object with a story of its own. Through kintsugi, you will not only piece the broken pieces back together but also elevate it and give it a brand new life.



When we use the most valuable material to mend the cracks, we are not reaching for “perfection”. Instead, we are accepting and highlighting the imperfections with the most delicate technique. This is what makes kintsugi so special.