SATURDAY 10:00AM-1:00PM or SATURDAY 2:00-5:00PM
MAR 16, 2019

Instructor:  Tomomi Kamoshita

Tomomi Kamoshita, Tokyo visiting artist of Sonoma Cultural Exchange, will share the art of modern kintsugi technique “golden joinery”. Kintsugi is the traditional Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold and urushi lacquer. Let’s embrace the flawed or imperfect art objects in philosophy of “wabi sabi” and celebrate the beauty from different perspectives.

Two different workshops are be offered during her visit:

The KINTSUGI “INVENT” WORKSHOP participants will create something new with broken pieces (art objects, handles, pendants, etc.)

The KINTSUGI “REPAIR” WORKSHOP is to repair broken ceramic vessels returning them to functional pieces with a gilded history.
Participants should bring broken pottery pieces or glass pieces to work with; shards and broken pots from Sonoma Ceramics will also be available for participants to utilize in their creations at no additional cost.

$135 members

All Levels
Ages 14+

To register for this class please call (707) 938-4626 x1

Tomomi Kamoshita

Tomomi Kamoshita

Visiting Instructor

Born in Tokyo in 1977, Tomomi Kamoshita is both a potter and a ceramics teacher. She graduated from Joshibi University ceramics course in 2000. Since 2007, Kamoshita has held an exhibition every year. Lately, she has integrated the traditional technique of kintsugi into her work. In her latest series, Gift from the Waves, she reflects on the giving and taking power of the ocean: “As every Japanese has realized, the waves can take away a great deal from us. But it is also true that we greatly benefit from it. With this work, I wanted to revive what waves have brought us.” Kamoshita collected broken pieces of ceramic and glass from the beach, each beautifully weathered by the waves and bound them together with metallic powder. “Using a skill inspired by kintsugi, which is a Japanese traditional repairing technique used to connect broken ceramic pieces together, I revive what the waves have sent us.” The pink fragments that appear in each work are taken from an old piece of her own pottery. For Kamoshita, the pink represents sakura, or cherry blossoms, a symbol of revival. “No matter what happens, it blooms gracefully in spring.” She unites these ideas of destruction, creation, and revival through her decision to make chopstick rests. By taking the form of daily tableware, these once lost and broken pieces experience renewed purpose and newfound vitality, blooming like a blushing sakura.