Repair of Antique Rengetsu-Ware
The first restoration-newsletter from the kintsugi studio is about works from the collection of John Walker, a Swiss collector of historical ceramics. Over the course of this year, I restored a total of seven pieces for him, the majority of them in the style of Rengetsu-Yaki after Ōtagaki Rengetsu.
There is something special about working with antique ceramics. The story inherent in each piece invites you to let your imagination fly. Who has drunk from the bowl? Was the kyuusu owned by a lady or a scholar? Each time I take such a piece out of the furo and apply another coat of lacquer, I feel more connected than ever to the past and the society that gave birth to it.
This kyūsu required repair of both cracks and chipped parts. The chipped parts were filled with tonoko, a fine Japanese clay, and then covered with layers of lacquer until they had the desired shape.
Missing areas were modeled on both bowls using a jinoko (Japanese clay) filler.