Speaker Session: Kintsugi with Shuichi

Speaker Session: Kintsugi with Shuichi

Kintsugi is a Japanese traditional method of mending broken ceramics. One of Kintsugi’s philosophies, “resilience” was especially important in this pandemic period because it sublimates scars into beautiful art instead of hiding them. 

In this lecture, you will be immersed in the history of Kintsugi which can be traced back 9,000 years. With deep philosophies beyond concepts of resiliency, participants will learn about the various materials used, unseen structure and process of Kintsugi, its crisis, and future. 

June 4, 2022 @ 2pm – 3.30pm 

Tickets are available through Ticketweb (service fees apply) 
JCCC Members $20, General $22 

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Learn more about Shuichi! 

Shuichi was born in Japan and was heavily involved in various arts throughout his life. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology which allowed him to delve deeper into understanding human cognition, perception, and expression.   

The Kintsugi technique of giving new artistic life to previously fragmented pieces are appealing to Shuichi because this process represents healing oneself. It is important to note that the purpose of Kintsugi is not to repair items – it is an artistic tradition rooted in the philosophy of wabi sabi – the acceptance of imperfection and change.  

Shuichi has been practicing Kintsugi in Japan since 2005. He continued this practice upon moving to Toronto in 2019 and hopes to bring greater awareness and appreciation to this unique Japanese art. His other passions include Bizen ware pottery, as well as the philosophies of Zen and Vipassana meditation.