Kintsugi In-person Class

Please note: We are not offering any fake kintsugi. We have a curriculum.
[Introduction to Kintsugi Level 1 & 2] are just preparations to start the kintsugi journey. In these classes, you will learn the history, philosophy, and mindset of kintsugi, the basic knowledge of materials, and practice handling and cleaning tools through practicing the simplified kintsugi process. You will spend 5 days for Level 1 and 6 days for Level 2, but all steps in each day have an important meaning. After taking these Introduction classes, you can move on to the [Regular class].
[Regular class] is not a scheduled class, so you can come whenever you want. In the class, you keep practicing basic processes and we fix it each time. Our advice, guide, new technique, new materials, and new tools will be given depending on your skill and mindset. Please know – ceramic has many kinds of clay, glaze, decoration, shape, and damage, and we have to treat them in different ways. Kintsugi looks simple, but it’s not. We are an artist, but also a doctor of ceramics at the same time.

Group Classes(Hybrid of in-person & online)

[Introduction to Kintsugi Level 1]
at Kintsugica atelier ―$350

1. This is a hybrid class of in-person and online, limited to the first 8 people who apply.
2. This course will include 5 introduction classes (120 minutes each), at Kintsugica atelier (Near Christie Pits Park, Toronto).
3. Schedule: Total 5 days
 [Monday class] June 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10 (6:30-8:30pm)
 [Friday class] June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21 (11:00am-1:00pm)
 [Saturday class] June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8 (10:30am-12:30pm)
 (We are offering a hybrid class of in-person and online. When you join the class online, please purchase a Kintsugica’s kintsugi kit ($250+shipping fee) in advance. The class fee is $300. Online students are limited to a maximum of 2 people.)
 Make-up class: Join a regular class (ask the dates): $40 ($30 for online)
         : Let other students work on your piece(s): $0
4. You will learn Kintsugi’s history, philosophy, the Japanese mindset to traditional artisanship (Kogei), how to prepare/treat/clean materials and tools, and how to do Kintsugi on a chipped piece with a simplified process.
*You cannot use broken (separated) or cracked pieces in this class.
5. Materials and tools will be provided during the class.
6. The chipped part’s depth should be up to 2mm. If you don’t have a chipped piece, we can prepare one for you.
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[Introduction to Kintsugi Level 2]  ―$550
 1. This class is an in-person group class, limited to the first 5 people who apply.
 2. This course will include 6 introduction classes (180 minutes each).
 3. Schedule:
  coming soon
  (We are offering a hybrid class of in-person and online. The class fee is $440 for an online student. Online students are limited to a maximum of 2 people.)
  Make-up class: Join a regular class (ask the dates): $40 ($30 for online)
 4. You will learn deeper knowledge about urushi, how to create your own tools, the structure of Kintsugi, and how to do Kintsugi on broken (cracked and separated) pieces with a basic method.
 5. Materials and tools will be provided during the class.
 6. Only students who finished [Level 1] can take this class.

[Regular Class] at Kintsugica’s atelier
 1. This class is an in-person group class for up to 6 people
 2. The schedule is announced in our student community. The location is at Kintsugica’s atelier (Bloor and Christie, Toronto).
 3. You will learn deeper knowledge about urushi, and how to do Kintsugi on items below
  – unglazed
   – having small/big missing parts
   – having big chips
   – having gold paint
   – having many pieces
   – vase or tokkuri (having small neck)
   – doll (3 dimensional piece)
   – broken handle of a cup
   – design kintsugi
   – yobitsugi, tomotsugi, tametsugi etc.
 4. Materials and tools can be provided during the class. (+$5 each time, +$20 for applying gold) You can also use your own kit.
 5. Only students who finished [Level 2] can take this class.

★ $=CAD. Payment is accepted by cash, Paypal, Transferwise, etc.
★ Kintsug kit is not included in any class. Students can buy the Kintsugica’s Kintsugi kit for $250. See Kintsugica’s Kintsugi Kit.

Shuichi’s Kintsugi workshop is a very valuable experience for those who are interested in the art of Kintsugi. He makes certain to carefully communicate the history, reasoning and methodology of the art so that you really understand what Kintsugi is and how and why it’s done.

There is a reason that the remnants of the oldest civilizations we are commonly able to find are generally pottery shards. Once fired, clay is forever formed. It makes sense to value and repair pottery in light of its enduring nature. Kintsugi is an art of repair which not only makes the resultant piece stronger than the original piece, it is also food safe, and beautifully highlights the repair instead of hiding it. It’s a repair that only adds value and beauty to a piece and showcases it’s history. It’s an art form which renders still usable a piece which may hold sentimental value or may in turn render sentiment to a useful piece. 

Shuichi is an excellent teacher who very well imparts his feelings for the craft along with the techniques. He is good at communicating and teaching the skills required of the art form. Equally so in imparting the understanding required to practise it. I highly recommend this workshop to those with a desire to restore a well loved piece or to those with a desire to understand the art form.


How to Apply

■ How to Apply
 Send a message using the contact form below, indicating your interest in the style of classes. You will receive a confirmation email within 5 days with payment information. Please reply with a photo of the item you want to fix. If you do not have an item, one will be provided (+$15).

■ Important Information
 1. The whole process takes around 45 days. Urushi comes from urushi trees, when an urushikaki-artisan scratches their trunks. Urushi is strong healing system for trees, and it is used in Kintsugi. The natural process of recovery (both for the tree and your item) takes time, like healing a broken bone. 
 2. Urushi has urushiol, which can cause an allergic reaction of contact dermatitis. Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves when using urushi. If urushi gets on your skin, wash it with canola oil. If your skin has an allergic reaction, soak it in warm salt water or see a doctor and put steroid cream.
 3. Completed Kintsugi items cannot be used in a microwave or dishwasher, but are food and drink safe.
 4. The goal of our classes is not to fix ceramics, but to gain a better understanding of kintsugi and to learn each step of the kintsugi process. You may use your own important ceramics as practice pieces, but you should know what it means to handle them with beginner techniques.

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