Kintsugi and Wabi Sabi Workshop

Practice the art of imperfections, with a touch of Zen, in this kintsugi class in San Francisco.

3 hours Class size 1 to 20 (public classes), 6 to 100 label $119

Learn to embrace imperfection in this kintsugi class in San Francisco. Kintsugi is the practice of repairing broken objects, highlighting the cracks with gold, bringing forward the narrative, and serving to honor impermanence.

In this intimate workshop, we have tea and introductions, and then we will break and restore your own teacup, provided by the workshop, using modern Kintsugi techniques. We'll learn the centuries-old Japanese art philosophy Wabi Sabi and reflect on thought-provoking questions.

Kintsugi is used as an analogy for people to practice resilience, transform, and recover from past experiences. It can serve as an analogy for the duality of life, life's tendency to both be incredibly beautiful and challenging at the same time.

Wabi Sabi is the ancient Japanese art philosophy of finding value in imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness. It invites a new perspective, drawing on ancient Zen truths like non-attachment, impermanence, and awareness. It also finds beauty in the insignificant and unconventional, finding value in impermanence and drawing inspiration from the incomplete.

You'll finish class with your beautiful restored piece of art, as well as kintsugi and wabi sabi techniques to bring into your own life. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn new skills, practice mindfulness, and spend some relaxing and creative time with others.

Please note
Your teacher can accommodate groups of up to 30 people at their venue (San Francisco Zen Center). They can teach up to 100 people at an off-site location provided by you.

Knowledge required
What you'll get
You will get all of the materials to create a food safe piece of Kintsugi, and an introductory discussion to Wabi Sabi, and Zen. You may also bring your own broken ceramics to repair, just be aware that very large very broken, and unglazed work can be challenging.
What to bring
Please bring clothes you don't mind getting dirty and your open minds.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or bachelorette party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mom, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


San Francisco Zen Center - 308 Page Street, San Francisco, CA

The house directly up the hill from the main entrance to the Zen Center.

Your teacher can also travel within 100 miles of SF, to a venue of your choice for a private class

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Stone Gold Crafts
Stone Gold Crafts

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Ryley is a seasoned ceramic artist, pottery teacher and kintsugi expert with over 14 years of experience in the field. His passion for kintsugi and the Wabi Sabi philosophy stems from his early days as an artist, and he has since incorporated these principles into his personal life. As a lifelong practitioner of the arts, Ryley finds joy in sharing his knowledge and skills with others through teaching.

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