Kintsugi: The Art of Beauty in Brokenness

A few weeks ago, my roommate had the audacity to drop my favorite Star Wars coffee mug directly onto our kitchen floor. A few tears and several shattered, ceramic chunks later, my roommate attempted to superglue my sacred mug back together. Unfortunately, her concept of “together” was something similar to Donald Trump’s toupee blowing in the wind and my cartoon Darth Vader ended up looking more like Jabba the Hutt. Little did I know the solution to my broken mug laid within Kintsugi.

Kintsugi is a Japanese practice that repairs broken ceramic pieces with a liquid mixture of gold, silver or platinum. Those who practice reparations through Kintsugi believe that value and beauty are added after the restoration of the broken pieces. Not only is the physical appearance beautiful, but there is a grace in the process of renewal. The damage is not disguised but rather highlighted as the art incorporates its history. Much like Miley Cyrus’s album post Liam Hemsworth breakup, there is beauty in brokenness. The philosophy of Kintsugi may be comprehendible, but the practice of this art requires extreme diligence and skill.

My Star Wars mug may never be the same, but kits are available to assist you with the practice of Kintsugi in your own home! I encourage you to check out these beautiful pieces and give it a try next time you break your grandma’s good China!

About the Author

Nancy Carroll is a senior at UNCC double majoring in English and Political Science. When she is off campus you can find her speculating Star Wars fan theories or hanging out with her cats. If she ever graduates, Nancy would like to join a publishing house and see the world.