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Kintsugi: Gold Repair of Ceramic Faults

Here Dick Lehman, an experienced potter, tells his experience with kintsukuroi and explains in a little more detail the meaning and origin of mending broken pottery with silver or gold.

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In 1999 I traveled to Japan to participate in several exhibitions hosted by my dear friend Mr. Shiho Kanzaki.  I arrived with gifts for all the many people that were required to make this amazing opportunity a reality for me.

 

After I arrived and was unpacking, I discovered that 4 of the side-fired cups that I’d brought as gifts had been broken by the baggage-handling process.  Without a thought I dumped them into the waste basket in my room.  Sometime later that week, someone came to my room and took out the trash.  

 

After a remarkable 6 weeks in Shigaraki, two exhibitions, travel,  fine food, new friends…my visit came to an end.

 

As often happens there were some “parting gifts” given by me to my hosts; and some gifts were given to me by my hosts.  Among the parting gifts I received, I discovered…

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Kimono Quilt

a fabulous Japanese themed kimono quilt!

Carla Barrett

This quilt went home today.  I really enjoyed myself on this kimono shaped quilt that belongs to Jerry.

Sit back and enjoy the show.  I used both new and older elements with the quilting:

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another closeup:

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here is my new koi with quilting around it:

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And the cool lighting shot with the sun streaming in through the window.  Notice my favorite asian flower motif, too:

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I hope you have enjoyed this quilt.    Jerry did a fabulous job on the quilt construction.  A simple, yet effective use of the focus panel and fabric.

Regards, Carla

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My favorite Japanese song

This is a live performance of Hitoto Yo singing the most beautiful song ever.  It is all in Japanese.  And although I do know a little Japanese, I don’t know enough to be able to tell what the song is about.  All I know is that I love it.  I don’t think it is really necessary to understand the words of a song to be able to appreciate its beauty.  I hope you will enjoy it too.