Kintsugi Class

Learn the ancient Japanese art of gold joinery in this workshop in Los Angeles.



2 hours 45 mins Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 4 to 100 label $219

Save your broken ceramics, and learn Kintsugi in this workshop in Los Angeles. In this Kintsugi art class, you can learn to turn your chipped goods into beautiful art.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken ceramics and filling the cracks with gold or other metallics. It's a beautiful slow art form that gives the heart time to reflect and connect. It's a truly transformational experience and participants have come out of this more hopeful and with a different perspective on the world.
If you're looking for mindful hobbies, upcycling DIY projects, or fun things to do at home, Kintsugi is a peaceful and relaxing craft to explore. You will receive a kit with all the supplies you need to get started on this art form. Your instructor will guide you through the process in an intimate in-person workshop in Los Angeles.
This class also makes for great team-building activities, birthday party ideas, and more!
Add-ons available for this class
  • Broken Ceramic Vessel (bowl, cup or plate) ($22)
  • Broken Handmade Pottery from Japan ($45)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly!
 
What you'll get
  • Unique Modern Japan Lacquer made from Cashew Nut (safer and faster drying than traditional lacquer made from poison sumac)
  • Epoxy putty
  • Bronze powder
  • Super Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Two kinds of sandpaper
  • A shell palette for the lacquer
  • Turpenoid Natural (For thinning out the lacquer)
  • Review and Materials card
Other materials and tools needed for the day.
What to bring
  • A broken ceramic piece (unless ordered beforehand)
  • A cardboard box to take your piece home in.
Suitable for

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

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mom or gift for couples.

Location

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Your teacher
Kat McDowell
Kat McDowell

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Kat McDowell is a Kintsugi Maker, Origami teacher and an award winning, chart topping singer songwriter who creates ocean pop music in a blend of Japanese and English.
Her love for singing and crafts came from her Japanese grandmother. Although Kat spent the majority of her twenties and thirties as a Musician and touring artist, she would always be handcrafting her own merch through making paper crane earrings or canvas paintings and making was always a part of her soul.
Kat wrote two songs in 2019 that would change the course of her life.
One was called "1000 Paper Cranes" written in honour of her grandmother who passed away, and "Scars" which was inspired by another Japanese artform called "Kintsugi" which is all about mending broken ceramics and highlighting the cracks with gold bringing beauty out of brokenness.
Both of these songs led Kat to dive deep in to these artforms, and as the pandemic halted all musical tours and performances, Kat started to teach these artforms virtually instead. Helping people find some relief during a very stressful season.
Coming full circle back to music "Kokoro no kakera" the Japanese version of the song "Scars" went on to win Grand Prize in the world section of the John Lennon Songwriting competition in 2021.
To Kat, the spiritual aspect of Kintsugi is just as important if not more than the craft itself. She loves how art can heal and touch the soul and wants to continue sharing this with the world.

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