Kintsugi & The Little Marks of Life

Another Japanese concept I recently learned about is Kintsugi, translated this means golden joinery. A simple web search will show broken pottery repaired with gold. It makes for very attractive stoneware but it’s very easy to miss that it celebrates the breakages as being part of the history of the pot. It’s something people sometimes in antiques that show the impact of human hands over generations, my personal favourite is a fence post with a top smoothed by thousands of hands walking through the gate.

These little nuances we often miss in everyday life are fine with items, but we refuse to translate the logic to people. Someone with a history or ‘baggage’ is often dismissed or ignored. We are all trained to seek perfection and hide the little scars of life.

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