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  • 15th Century Japanese Art

    The story of Kintsugi may have begun in the late 15th century, when the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China to be fixed. It returned held together with ugly metal staples. Ashikaga thought this was unacceptable. He challenged his Japanese craftsmen to find a new form of repair that could make a broken piece look as good as new, or better. They pulled the staples and mended the bowl with gold. To his delight, the bowl looked better for having been broken. Kintsugi was born.

  • Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi

    The term "kintsugi" or "kintsukuroi" means ‘golden joinery’ in Japanese and refers to the art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold.

  • A Metaphor for Our Life

    When we view our lives as being of great worth, yet sometimes broken or even shattered, we begin to understand that no matter the trauma, despair, hurt, fear, abuse, failure, addiction, disease, and even death, our scars and wounds are just part of us. As we do, we also must look at those breaks as a place for beauty to transpire for the skilled hands of repair to fill with gold. Each time, we must see we are more beautiful for being broken.

About Kintsugi Gifts

The Japanese art of Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, repairs broken pottery with seams of gold. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object even more beautiful than it was prior to being broken. At Kintsugi Gifts, we gather old, broken and sometimes forgotten ceramics and pottery to create pieces of art.


Each Kintsugi Gift is handmade. We take the pieces, mend them with glue, smooth them out and fill the seams with gold paint (see examples below). Just like the human race, no two are alike.

This first healing spot is always near the base, which is the strongest piece left after being broken.

Each Kintsugi Gift is stamped with our special emblem -  the Japanese symbol for rebirth coupled with two swirls. The swirl is a significant ancient symbol that has historically represented new beginnings.

Included in your shipment is the story of Kintsugi, printed on an elegant card. Keep it next to your piece of art or use it as a display mat. When someone asks about your Kintsugi Gift, read them the story.


Our lives can become broken in so many different ways; despair, hurt, fear, failure, addiction, disease. Each time we fix ourselves the new beginning makes us stronger. Our bonds are re-enforced through mending. We are stronger and more beautiful for being broken.

Be sure to check out our customer feedback and see how others are mending themselves.

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Our stamp - the Japanese symbol for rebirth and the ancient symbol for new beginnings.


We break, we feel and we possess the courage to heal.
Kintsugi art is a "golden token" to remind us that we are more beautiful for being broken.