Early last year we hosted a one day kintsugi repair workshop at our Shoreditch store. Muneaki Shimode and Takahiko Sato, two visiting kintsugi craftsmen from Kyoto set themselves up in our shop window and worked from morning to night, in much the same way as they do in their own workshops in Japan.
Such was the interest in this largely forgotten practice that they are once again over in the UK demonstrating their craft. They will be taking an evening off from a week long programme they are engaged in, as guests of the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, for an evening of kintsugi at the new tokyobike Fitzrovia store.
Through the course of the evening they will be teaching Lisa Hammond how to carry out repair to some of her work that had been cracked, chipped and completely broken in the process of their making and transportation back from Japan. Lisa works from her studio in Maze Hill Greenwich producing soda glaze pottery that is both functional and affordable. She has strong working ties with Japan and was invited to Mashiko to be resident potter at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in 2014.
There will once again be an opportunity to see kintsugi close up, learn how the process is applied and to ask questions to Muneaki, Takahiko and Lisa. kintsugi repair kits will also be available to purchase.