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The art of kintsugi dates back to the late 15th century when, according to legend, a Japanese shogun named Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a cracked chawan—or tea bowl—back to China to undergo repairs. Upon its return, Yoshimasa was displeased to find that it had been mended with unsightly metal staples. This motivated contemporary craftsmen to find an alternative, aesthetically pleasing method of repair, using a special lacquer mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. In this 2-hour class at The Courtyard Institute, you will get an overview of what the art of kintsugi is all about and be guided in the proper handling and mending of ceramics using traditional materials. It's the perfect opportunity for you to learn the craft and appreciate the importance of cultural preservation. You even get to bring home the ceramics you worked on to remember your meaningul visit to Beijing!