Traditionally, Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold and is often used as a metaphor for embracing our flaws and imperfections. Gold & Behold’s Kintsugi Pottery Class is a modified take on this practice and fashioned it to be a form of healing mediative art for the busy mind.
The workshop is conducted by the founder of Gold & Behold, Winnie Wong, who discovered crafting as a creative outlet to heal from her depression in 2017. As a strong advocate of mental wellness, she hopes to allow participants to create unique pieces and facilitate meaningful conversations through this meditative art process. All materials and tools will be provided.
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Gold & Behold is one of the partners with Super Loco Group as part of its Earth Month campaign. Across the weekends of April, Super Loco Group will be bringing together like-minded brands to curate a series of sustainability focused workshops. We tried this unique art workshop for ourselves to see what it was like.
Gold & Behold’s Kintsugi Pottery Class
Gold & Behold’s Kintsugi Pottery Class is one that embraces imperfection. Participants get to break apart rejected pottery sourced from warehouses and retailers, and piece them back together with a specially blended mix of gold powder and epoxy resin.
The art of breaking the pottery piece in itself can be rather cathartic. Winnie also encourages each moment in the class to be a reflective one and opens the floor for anyone who wishes to share insights that they might have.
After getting the unique pieces that we have to work with, Winnie then gives a step-by-step guide on piecing fragments using a personally blended gold powder in various sheens and epoxy resin. We really enjoyed the process of seeing something that is usually associated with “trash” become a beautiful art piece before our eyes.
After piecing the fragments together, the final step is to use a brush to give the pottery pieces their finishing shine. It was very satisfying to hold the finished product and we were rather surprised by how well it turned out.
At the end of the day, what stood out to us was how relaxed and zen we felt after completing the workshop. We believe that much of that is to be attributed to Winnie and how she held the entire space with her cheerful yet grounding presence. We appreciated her sharing of knowledge in the practice of Kintsugi, her openness in sharing her journey of mental wellness and her candid analogies scattered in between conversations.
Kintsugi Workshop In Singapore
We think that this is a workshop that would be great for anyone looking to try something new or even if you want to escape into a different space for an hour or two. Due to the nature of the craft and materials that participants will be working with, the workshop is only suitable for those 12 and above. For more information, visit the Gold & Behold website here.