The original plate was handmade by Yanase san at his kiln, but it was unfortunately broken on the way back to the UK. So it was handed over to Tanaka san to work his magic. The rough white glaze makes a beautiful contrast with the smooth lustre of the 22k gold.
The faint yellow tint along the mend is where the traditional lacquer glue has seeped into the glaze, giving a fantastic halo effect, as if the kintsugi is glowing.
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.