Kintsugi the beauty of imperfection

Cervia, Italy
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Last updated on Dec 21, 2021

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About RealKintsugi

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Kintsugi the beauty of imperfections

- Origins

Miyajima is the name of an island off the coast of Hiroshima.
On this island lives a family of Kimono artisans and traders who have also always been involved in antiques and traditional Japanese objects.
The Realkintsugi project was born in 2016, from the meeting between this family and an Italian architect in love with the ancient traditions of this distant land.
The goal of this project is to share and illustrate ancient Japanese traditions, including that of Kintsugi, or the restoration of pottery with gold.
All products restored by Realkintsugi are the result of years of study, practice and research.
Realkintsugi is a cultural project, seeking to revitalize an incredible tradition, to prevent it from being forgotten and to ensure that Kintsugi does not belong only in a museum, but by letting this restoration technique still remain alive in everyday life.

- The Process

The Realkintsugi workshop follows the ancient and genuine Kintsugi technique.
A long process in which time is one of the important ingredients as much as other materials.
The method follows a total of 4 steps and each requires different materials and skills.
From the reconstruction of ceramics, to the application of resins and finally the application of gold. Kintsugi is not a decorative technique; it is a long and delicate process.
Realkintsugi's goal is to preserve and share this valuable practice, to keep it alive so that it will not be forgotten.

- Kintsugi, the beauty of imperfections

The marks left by time tell the story of the objects around us.
Kintsugi, which literally means, "To repair with gold," recognizes and enhances the significance of these marks. Cracks restored in this way make the object special, which instead of being thrown away, thus acquires great value, becoming a precious and unique fragment whose history is guarded by a thin golden line.

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  • Marco Montalti

    Proprietario, Creatore, Curatore

    I’m 31, I’m based in Italy and I graduated as architect at the University of Bologna in 2018. I had a chance to travel in Japan and I started studying Kintsugi in 2015. I take care of every single task about RealKintsugi, from the research of the pottery, the restoration, the pictures, the design, the orders and the customer service. This business is something I created completely by myself and since 2016 I put in there all of my energy and investments.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Gift wrapping and packaging

Every single piece comes wrapped in a kimono silk fabric, enclosed in a handcrafted wooden boxed ready to be given as a gift.

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Care instructions

Clean the pottery, only if necessary, with a soft cloth.
Don't use the restored pottery with food and liquids, and pay attention to avoid to scratch the gold layer.
Use the silk fabric included in the box to keep the pottery safe.

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All of the pieces are one of a kind artworks.
Some pottery belong to a pottery set or a collection, so it might look similar.
But each listing is related to one specific and unique piece.