Repair Damaged Wares
Urushi lacquer, the sap of the urushi tree, is the base material of kintsugi technique. However, urushi contains a compound that can cause minor skin irritation, to a more severe allergic reaction, depending on the individual. Should you experience alarming inflammation from touching urushi, or from simply being in the presence of urushi, please remove yourself from the room and consult a doctor for immediate medical attention.
For most people, touching urushi will cause minor irritation and itchy skin that can last up to three weeks. Proper care like wearing gloves and a long-sleeve shirt while performing kintsugi, will help to prevent accidental contact with urushi.
POJ Studio is not liable for any adverse reactions caused by urushi. If you accidentally touch urushi, massage the affected area well with any plant-based oil straight away, like you would when removing make-up, and thoroughly wash with soap thereafter.
While urushi can cause skin irritation in its raw, wet state, once it has completely hardened, it is absolutely food safe. Urushi is one of the most durable natural materials and thus extremely well-suited for environmentally-responsible, long-lasting repair of ceramics, porcelain, and other wares.