POJ Kintsugi is brought to you by POJ Studio.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair, and Respect.
POJ Studio brings authentic Japanese artisanship to your home, wherever you may be in the world. We work closely with craftspeople across Japan to offer timeless lifestyle wares. By providing a point of sale for artisans and sharing their stories, we support the future of Japanese craft-making and empower consumers to develop deep bonds with the objects that make their house a home.
Our repair services by professional craftsmen and active engagement in initiatives to sustainably grow raw materials for these crafts are just some of the ways we work to make a difference. With your help, we take steps to redefine our collective consumer culture.
Through online classes, in-person workshops, professional repair, and holistic community building, we share authentic kintsugi practice to enhance your modern home and celebrate the unique story of your wares. In applying the technique of traditional Japanese craft and incorporating repaired items to your table, we lean into creating a more sustainably-minded home. Kintsugi could very well be one of the most appropriate and expressive forms of living well.
What is kintsugi?
Kintsugi gold joinery, is the Japanese art of repairing chipped, cracked, and broken, mostly ceramic and porcelain tableware, using only 100% natural materials including urushi lacquer and finishing with 24K gold powder.
While the intention of Western styles of repair are to mimic the original state and make the repaired item look as though it was never damaged, kintsugi highlights the breakages and celebrates the unique story of the wares that make our house a home.
Our approach to kintsugi technique and logic is borrowed from traditional Japanese lacquerwork, with history that can be traced back nearly 10 thousand years. Excavation sites across the archipelago reveal use of urushi during the Jomon Period (14,000 - 300 BCE) to create and protect nearly every aspect of living. In Japanese, the synonym for "to live" or "to create living" is ishokujyu, or quite literally clothing, food, and home. With anti-bacterial and anti-pest properties, the use of urushi is present within each of these three building blocks. One way in which urushi was used early on was to soak leaves in urushi to harden together to create bowls.
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