Kintsugi (Series)

Since the Edo period, Japanese have been extending the life of objects through the art of kintsugi.

The centuries-old tradition involves repairing cracked or broken pottery with urushi lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum.

Over six classes, students will restore two vessels, one broken and one chipped, using natural materials (including lacquer and gold powder) and special tools.

These hands-on sessions will provide a fascinating insight into Japan’s artisanal culture.

Students who miss a class will be able to catch up by attending a session at the instructor’s Ochanomizu studio.

Allergy Awareness
Please be aware that urushi lacquer can cause an allergic reaction in the form of a rash, which can last for up to a week, when it comes into contact with the skin.

Hiroki Kiyokawa has been restoring lacquerware with techniques established in the Edo period for nearly 50 years. He has been breathing new life into artifacts and antiques at temples, shrines and other historic landmarks. Kiyokawa has taught kintsugi classes since 2015. He has appeared in various media outlets, including the BBC and TV Tokyo. He regularly demonstrates kintsugi techniques to restoration professionals, officials and academics. During a trip to Italy, he hosted workshops at Vatican City, the Japan Cultural Institute in Rome and the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice.


  • Feb 13, 27, Mar 13, Apr 3, May 8, 22
  • 12:30–3pm
  • Beate Sirota Gordon and Haru Reischauer classrooms
  • ¥60,000 (additional materials: ¥27,500)
  • Non-Connections members are charged an additional registration fee of ¥3,500 (waived for Connections members).
  • Cancellation deadline: Feb 6
  • Contact the Connections Office about class availability after registration has closed.