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9th - 14th April, Kintsugi Workshop (Basic & Intermediate)

KINTSUGI, mending with gold on Ceramics and Glass
April 9 - 14. 2018

Available Classes:

Basic class (day):
April 9th, 11th, 12th from 14:30 to 17:30 | Saturday 14th from 9:30 to 12:30

Intermediate class (evening):
April 9th, 11th, 12th from 18:30 to 21:30 | Saturday 14th from 14:30 to 17:30

Duration: 4 Days, 12 hours in total

Max. 12 pax/class

Instructor: Kristina Mar -

Fees: Mop 1.600
including 1 Tool kit (Mop 250) + 1 silver leaf + acrylic plate

Language: English, Portuguese, Japanese

Registration & Class Venue:
CREATIVE MACAU - Center For Creative Industries
G/F Macao Cultural Centre Building, Xian Xing Hai Avenue
Mon - Sat, 2pm-7pm
tel: 2875 3283

Registration and Payment Deadline:
9 March, 2018

for registration purposes, you may complete the form below:


*Please note that registration is only COMPLETE when the full amount is paid in person at Creative Macau in CASH.


No prior knowledge needed for the basic class.
For advanced class prior knowledge of mending with Urushi Japanese lacquer, or skills on the fine art restoration field is advised.

basic students can attend intermediate class in case of time schedules issues but advised to read the intermediate manuals in advance

ATTENDANT who already has the tools, can pay Mop1,350 instead.


Basic Tool Kit includes:
. 10g gold powdered shell (not real gold for practicing) that allows fixing
. 1 silver sheet
. 1 tube of Japanese natural lacquer (ki urushi)
. 1 tube of epoxy resin
. 1 liner brush
. 1 powder cleaning brush
. 1 bamboo and 1 plastic spatula
. sand paper for finish
. 1 goblet

ATTENDANTS should bring the following items (that can be purchased at at any stationary shop):
. an average broken object of 20x20x20cm for mending (MUST)
. medical gloves and masks;
. turpentine (to dissolve the lacquer)
. cotton swabs/buds and cotton balls
. toothpicks
. a hand towel per 1 object (it will be wet and placed in the box to give moisture to the lacquer of the amended object)
. 1 box per object (with same size of the object)
. masking tape (to hold the broken pieces after glued)
. disposable wooden chopsticks or plastic straws

A certificate will be issued to participants with 80% attendance.

HOWEVER, if you need any of the following item, please pay upon REGISTRATION:
. gold powder flake (pearl mother) 10g  (MOP50)
. gold leaf 10pcs  (MOP500 or MOP80/piece)
. silver leaf 10pcs  (MOP200 or MOP40/piece)
. gold powder  4g  (MOP700)
. silver powder 4g  (MOP400)
. glass urushi 50g  (MOP250)
. Ki urushi 50g (MOP150)
. bamboo pincer for handling gold and silver leafs (MOP80)

Kintsugi or literally golden joinery repair is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or covered with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. It is the art of embracing damage as a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

As this ancient technic developed it became a form of art for itself. Because of the delicate and meticulous technique, or because philosophical concepts applies to its basics that repair adds history and beauty to an object, it also applies to ones life itself.

In this course participants will bring a broken vessel to mend or join with Japanese lacquer, and covering it finally with gold and silver powder or leaf.
Attendants must bring their own broken or damage objects to mend or new one to alter.

Kintsugi technique also can be applied to an undamaged object,therefore that may be transformed into a new design pattern as a piece of art.


- Slide show
- Introduction to Japanese lacquer Urushi : Applications, possibilities and restrictions. Introduction talk for beginners and advanced classes in kintsugi techniques and basic and advanced concepts of Japanese lacquer techniques
Discussion about Japanese lacquer Urushi : New applications on porcelain, possibilities and restrictions. Focus on attention to details and issues of resistance and durability of the natural urushi lacquer.
Personal projects discussion and prepare personal objects for mending.

Start mending personal objects* it will be basic or detailed depending on the attendants level

1. Study the pieces to evaluate the damages and decide carefully the amount of intervention with glues and lacquer. Antiques, casual daily use items , emotional valued items and items to transform with creative proposes have different issues to consider and approaches to repair. This phase is very important as this decisions will become an aesthetic part of the repaired piece.

2. Cleaning and preparing the pieces and start the first joining.
This joining will be the "scar" that will be later covered with gold silver or red urushi lacquer. This phase is the most important as this will decide the final shape that your piece will be stand like. Be aware that works with many small parts are difficult to joint in a sole class. Please avoid very complex damaged pieces, as you should only be able to joint 3 or 4 pieces at maximum, per class, for a better result in structure issues.

3. Prepare the pieces to harden in a paper box with a hot and humid environment. Please bring a paper or carton box , that covers your piece completely, (big enough for not touching it) and a hand towel to wet and keep the inside of the box moisturised.That box, will be your little "sauna" or "muro" to keep and protect your work until the end of the course.

1. Continuing fixing the joints.
2. Prepare the works for harden in their respective sauna boxes or "muro"

Finish and polish the mending areas with sand paper, and cutters. This phase will be very important as this will decide how detailed or perfect you can get for the final appearance of your work. Here as lacquer or epoxy resins harden you will scratch the excess and polish the areas fixed for the final apply of the gold, silver or red lacquer.

Final polishing. Covering with fine lines the previous "scar" or mended areas with lacquer. Finally apply the gold or silver powder, or leaf ,and design the final composition.
As works are still to dry and harden please use the "muro" box to carefully transport your piece after the end of the course.


Kristina Mar is a renowned ceramic artist in Asia and Europe. She was born in Coimbra, Portugal and live in Kyoto, Japan since 1993.

She has a Degree in industrial ceramic mould design, worked in the refractory ceramic industry and attended the Oporto Fine Arts School - Department of Sculpture.

In 1990 she traveled to Asia and moved to Macau where worked as a graphic designer at the CEM until 1993. In 1993 Kristina moved to Japan and met local ceramic artists and their studios. As an artist in residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park in Japan, she joined the group exhibition  “1ST BIENNAL MACAU, AMAGAZAKI “ and many others.

From 1995 to 1996 she was a part-time assistant teacher at ''Kyoto University of Art & Design'' at the Ceramic Department. From 1996 onwards, Kristina Mar has worked as an independent artist holding several solo exhibitions and participating in group exhibitions in Japan, Macau, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, France and Portugal.She received several awards for her work from international art ceramic competitions.

Kristina Mar is currently an instructor of ceramic workshops teaching basic techniques of production as well as fine artistic creations. She is regularly invited by fine dining Japanese restaurants to design and produce their dinnerware.