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.
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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a fabulous Japanese themed kimono quilt!
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:
here is my new koi with quilting around it:
And the cool lighting shot with the sun streaming in through the window. Notice my favorite asian flower motif, too:
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.
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.