When I was in Japan last year I saw quite a variety of ceramics but nothing like this gorgeous bowl. I found this detailed exhibition catalogue, with illustrations of various kintsukuroi and several essays on techniques and aesthetics: The Aesthetics of Mended Japanese Ceramics which is well worth reading.
This all set me wondering about mending things. Patchwork and quilting was originally about giving old fabric a new life but now we buy new fabric for our craft. Things are rarely repaired, instead they are replaced. But I wonder whether the quality of what we have in the first place dictates whether it is worth repairing. I've thrown away two coffee mugs this week that were cracked, they weren't fantastically crafted items and so would the effort of repairing them have been advisable? A treasured piece of jewellery, however, would be repaired and DH has repaired his tools so that they are no longer the original at all, with several new handles and new blades, but their life has evolved. I'm rambling on, time for some more pictures.
wabi - aesthetic ideal involving qualities of poverty, simplicity, modesty and undemandingness
sabi - aesthetic ideal involving qualities of seclusion, ageing, patina and/or decay
These images from: kintsukuroi.com