Tanaka san uses traditional urushi glue and 22k gold powder, so the kintsugi is not as perfect and smooth as some others, but it makes a lovely contrast with the glossy lustre of the warabai glaze.
Because we use natural urushi glue, our kintsugi is actually food safe, meaning that it is ideal to be used as well as admired. It can be nerve-wracking using kintsugi, but to be able to re-use and enjoy a kintsugi plate is something special.
Kyoto Kinsetsu Kintsugi
We first met Tanaka san when we sent one of our own tea bowls to him for mending, and he did such a great job that we saved up all our broken items for him to mend!
A Kyoto native, he has a great network of friends and has introduced us to several interesting antique dealers in Kyoto, as well as the Crazy Ken Band.