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Kintsugi is a Japanese term that refers to the repairing
of broken items of pottery using gold or silver infused
lacquer to reconnect the pieces and restore the object
to a fully functioning form. This is part of the Japanese
philosophy Wabi-sabi of embracing and valuing
its highest level of skill, Kintsugi objects become
highly valued to an even greater degree than in their
KIntsugi-Do offers everyone the opportunity to
reconfigure a treasured ceramic item into that of a
Kintsugi object, thereby increasing its value and
Here's how it works:
begins the process by making a request to Kintsugi-Do. In
return, a padded box is sent to ensure the ceramic
object can be sent in perfect condition. On being
received, a special memorably elaborate scenario is
constructed that results in the object being broken into
pieces. This is filmed in high resolution so that a slow-mo
video can be produced.
The resulting fragments are all collected, then
meticulously glued back together using gold lacquer by
highly skilled craft workers.
On completion, the object is returned to the owner. With
it comes a certificate of authenticity, plus a copy of the
video of the destructive event that enabled the even
greater act of restorative Kintsugi to take place.
[note] KIntsugi-Do will also be launching Ikeasugi-Do that
offers the service of cheap items of Ikea furniture having
bits broken off, then being repaired using traditional
Miyadaiku expert carpentry techniques.
||If you supply two, similar, ceramic objects, can you get
them Yobitsugi'ed instead?
||That costs more, but of course is totally possible.
||//a special memorably elaborate scenario is constructed that
results in the object being broken into pieces//
||Somewhere beyond the veil, our Borg friend is hopping up and
down with his hand in the air, full of ideas about how this might
||He would have been hired in an instant. I also have
a separate complete idea for him, (not posted yet)
that will only be fully understood by frequent
||My father always ran the crockery-smashing stall at the school fete.
||Was it actually the tea and coffee stall but he was a bit clumsy?
||If you put it in a bag before launching it from the trebuchet, it
would be much easier to find all the pieces afterwards. It could
be aimed at a high wall, or maybe a cliff. The alternative plan,
also improved by a bag, would involve the same iron mallets that
he liked to use for those jewelled scuttling crabs.
||On special occasions (talk-like-a-pirate day), a broadside of
carronades could be used on items up to 8 inches across.
||//Was it actually the tea and coffee stall// No, it was a big floor to ceiling display of donated old plates, cups, bowls, etc. all carefully displayed, you paid 50p and got three cricket balls to throw.
||Thinking about it though, a combined Crockery Smashing
Stall and Tea & Coffee Stall would save space and also save
||Add on the Kintsugi-Do at the end and you have a production line!
||I think this process could be easily automated. A camera could watch the smash, and then robot arms with little rubber suction noxxles could pick up the pieces and hold them in position while another robot arm extrudes the lacquer.
||//Add on the Kintsugi-Do at the end and you have a
production line!// - that's brilliant: so the cups and
saucers used for the tea stall are smashed in the 'throw
cricket balls to smash crockery' stall, then stuck together
on the Kintsugi stall, after which they go back to be used
again on the tea stall
||Taste of tea and coffee gets worse and worse, subsequent smashes have pitiful distances but the gold or silvery spiderwork is of unparalleled beauty.
||In the "recursive" version as per [hippo], the smashing needs
to be into only a few pieces. Then, for each kintsugi, a
different colour is used (can you tint silver?); as the repairs
are probably stronger than the existing porcelain, so the
next round of smashes will be other places on the piece.