Have you heard of the concept of ‘wabi-sabi’? Based on Japanese aesthetics, put very simply it is the art of transience and imperfection; the joy of the perfectly imperfect. The concept embraces frayed edges, mottled finishes, scratches and breakages – essentially those ‘imperfect’ marks left by the passing the time.
An extension of the wabi-sabi philosophy is Kintsugi – ‘golden joinery’. This is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to hide. This repair process is incredibly beautiful and looks very effective as a design in itself.
We couldn’t resist giving our Hobbycraft plain ceramics the Kintsugi treatment. Don’t worry we didn’t break the pots! We simply gave them a mottled, perfectly imperfect colouring by dabbing a rough sponge over POSCA pens for our base colour. We then created our own imaginary ‘cracks’ with a gold POSCA marker.
Water-based and non-toxic POSCA pens work on a range of surfaces including ceramics, glass and wood so you could potentially create a whole host of Kintsugi inspired crafts with your POSCA paint markers.