love your imperfections

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Every one of us has a crack or two (or three), it is what makes us human, and it shows we have lived. When it comes to broken objects, particularly ceramics, there have been different ways to give the piece a new life.

The Japanese art of golden repair, known as 'kintsugi', takes a broken ceramic piece, and makes its flaws shine by applying urushi lacquer and gold powder. In other places like the US and the UK, that did not have the benefit of urushi (a processed tree resin) and before the invention of epoxy glues, pieces were mended at home or by a metalsmith with rivets or staples. It may be considered these days that one method is beautiful and the other 'ugly' but both allowed the pieces to remain in use, at a time when many ceramics were expensive household objects. As ingenious ways to repair and re-use, both should be celebrated.

Individually hand stamped using Japanese pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks. The bowls are then hand foiled in either gold for the kintsugi version, or in silver for the riveted version. Each print will have natural small variations, due to the methods used - the one you receive may not be exactly the same as the one shown in the photographs.

There are two small A5 versions (without text) and a previous artist stamp still available also (see drop down box).

Printed on 100g oatmeal 100% recycled paper (with natural flecks).
Paper size: A4 (210 × 297 mm or 8.27 × 11.69 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with blue bear.

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