Freestyle Kintsugi – Summer Edition

with Mariko Hori

22 Aug 2020

Boring summer? Not at all. We take the holidays to make up for all the events that were cancelled due to Covid-19. August is summer workshop month at Mediamatic.

Humans are not able to control everything. In this workshop, the participants will experience the philosophy of kintsugi, which embraces the flawed or imperfect. They will practice to accept the way things are and letting go of control. How? By ritually breaking dishes and glueing them together again in novel and golden ways.

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Participant carefully collecting pieces for the next part of the workshop - Eloise Peredruk


Kintsugi is a centuries old craftsmen's reparation technique where the cracks of a broken ceramic vessel are filled with Urushi, a natural resin, mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum to give it a new life. More than just a technique, kintsugi can also be seen as a philosophical approach, which embraces the flawed and imperfect. By highlighting the cracks the event of breakage and repair becomes a part of the objects life history.

What will you do

The workshop will start off with a purification ceremony, in which you will break dishes and embrace failure. You will then find pieces of dishes and found objects to fit them together and practice care and accept imperfection. Finally you will write history by gilding the cracks and joints of the objects in kintsugi technique with ‘shin-urushi’ (new- urushi).

Mariko Hori

Mariko Hori is an artist who often works with found objects to represent a certain ambience. She has studied architecture and graduated from Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Her works, consisting mainly of installations, are study of alternative way of architecture without building. Her works are characterised by modest but unique choices in materials and very careful and deliberate positionings.


Workshop: Freestyle Kintsugi
Saturday 22th of August, 11:00 - 14:30
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Full price €85,- | Student / Artist / Stadspas 65* (incl. €1,- administration fee)

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you we can ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option. For questions, please send an email to

Attendance limited to 10 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.

Please note that this workshop will be held in English.