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Wagumi launches ‘The Art of Repair’ workshops for this year’s London Craft Week.

This October wagumi will be launching their very own kintsugi and incense-making workshops for London Craft Week. From the 2 – 4 October come and visit wagumi right here at Oxo Tower Wharf  to learn some of Japans oldest traditional art-forms.

What is kintsugi?

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. It is a way of giving a new lease of life to broken ceramics.

More than the simple act of restoration, kintsugi makes the cracks a part of the pieces.  As a philosophy, the art-form can be seen as sharing many similarities with the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi; an embracing of the flawed or imperfect.

Who will host the kintsugi workshops?

Kintsugi practitioner; Iku Nishikawa will lead the workshops. Iku was born and raised in Shikoku, Japan and amongst other Japanese aesthetic traditions she sees kintsugi repair as an opportunity to focus on the work at hand.

When and where can I join a kintsugi workshop?

If you’re interested in booking a session, they will be hosted here at the wagumi store at Oxo Tower Wharf from the 2nd – 4th October.  Available times are:

Friday 2nd October 2020 – 12:00 – 13:30, 15:00 – 16.30, 17:00 – 18.30.

Sunday 4th October 2020 – 12:00 – 13:30, 15:00 – 16:30, 17:00 – 18.30.

The classes are entry-point level. Please click here for bookings, £47 per person, capacity 6 per workshop.

Participants will be able to keep the newly restored ceramics when the session has ended. Unfortunately, in the timeframe, it is not possible for participants to bring their own ceramics to the workshop to mend.

What is Japanese-incense?

The smell of incense is a classic smell of Japan. Made for temples and shrines, or to simply light the home – the country is home to a lively industry in scent.

The burning of incense in Japan began during the 6th century with the introduction of Buddhism, which uses incense during rituals and ceremonies. Ever since incense has become an important facet of Japanese culture.

When and where can I join a Japanese-incense making workshop?

On alternate days to the kintsugi workshops, during LCW wagumi will also offer an introduction to the processes in making Japanese-incense, giving you a chance to make your own.

If you’re interested in booking a session, they will also be hosted here at the wagumi store at Oxo Tower Wharf from the 30th September – 3rd October. Available times are:

Wednesday 30th September 2020 – 12:00, 13:00, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.

Thursday 1st October 2020 – 12:00, 13:00, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.

Saturday 3rd October 2020 – 12:00, 13:00, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30.

The classes are entry level. Please click here for bookings, £15 per person, capacity 5 per session.

The wagumi team very much look forward to seeing you this October. Whether you are interested in kintsugi or incense-making, there are lots of ways to explore Japanese traditions and expand your crafting skills at wagumi. See you then!

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