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Discover Kintsugi and repair ceramics the Japanese way

2 hours of discovery with Annelies

Knowledge in kintsugi

Your kintsugi plate or bowl


per person

The workshop in detail

  • 2h
  • 2 to 10 participants
  • 15 years min.
  • Welcome to Annelies' beautiful artistic world!

    During the workshop, you'll get familiar with the famous Japanese Kintsugi technique. You will experience how broken ceramics express the art of imperfection, and you will become aware of the great satisfaction that repair can give.

    The 15th century Japanese Kintsugi technique shows how to repair cracked, or broken, pottery with gold leaf.

    And by doing so, deliberately highlighting each break instead of camouflaging it. This fits perfectly with trends of today like imperfect design, eco and craft.

    The beauty of imperfection, according to the (also) Japanese WabiSabi philosophy, is the starting point of the workshops. After an introduction and a relaxation exercise, you will throw a plate or bowl of your own choice to pieces and then put the shards together with a special Kintsugi gold glue.

    During the process, you will find out how valuable it is to be fully concentrated during this workshop. And developing your motor skills while being busy is another often underestimated added value in this workshop.

    Be aware of the values of Kintsugi while you are actually working with the technique can be of use in many situations in your daily life, simply by giving you more insight in how to tackle all kind of problems. It's the experience of letting go and starting over.

    For this workshop, the only thing you will need to take with you is a plate or bowl that is damaged or worth using for the occasion! And don't worry... Annelies will have some extra pieces available at the workshop if needed.

    The workshop is an excellent opportunity to give yourself a Zen moment, realizing that imperfection is also acceptable. And when you leave, you have a beautiful creation with you, made by yourself. And, even more important, you have learned how to heal something that is broken.

    Workshop location

    The workshop is easily accessible by public transport.

    This place is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

    Additional information

    Languages of the workshop


    Practical information

    For this workshop, the only thing you will need to take with you is a plate or bowl that is damaged or worth using for the occasion !

    Wecandoo - Meet Annelies N.

    Meet Annelies N.

    Repair Artist

    After studying at the renowned ArtEZ in Arnhem, Annelies started in the fashion industry as a fashion designer and soon afterwards, she made workwear for craftsmen to highlight their know-how.

    In December 2020, she started to run repair workshops inspired by Japanese techniques. Her objective: to restore objects in a way that gives them added value as well as a second life!

    In addition, she finds it important to transfer knowledge and craftsmanship, and to make people aware that all fashion that one buys includes labor hours. Often these hours are the most expensive part of the process. Besides, it causes the most CO2 emissions because low-wage countries are always far away from the West.

    Running the workshops Annelies works only with carefully selected high quality materials, which are durable and always repairable. She uses recycled materials daily, allowing her to work on upcycled artistic creations.

    The Japanese Kintsugi technique she uses in her workshops is about repairing broken pottery and porcelain with gold glue. But according to Annelies, there are other ways to add value to an object by repairing it.It is a matter of using a little creativity, experience and skill!

    Which is the philosophy behind these workshops, while you will learn different techniques applicable to different materials and objects (mainly textiles and ceramics).

    Another important part of the philosophy is about the art of imperfection and the beauty of scars. With that principle in mind it happens often that the result of such a repair session is far more beautiful than the original item.

    So, Annelies not only repairs, but she also develops concepts to give new life to what is broken or stuck and find solutions.

    From now on you are welcome to join the workshops during which Annelies will be happy to pass on her unique knowledge to you!

    1 comment

    Anneke G

    Anneke G


    De kinstugi-workshop met Annelies was een zeer persoonlijke, aangename workshop! We hebben genoeg geleerd en veel tips gekregen om er thuis mee verder te gaan. Een inspirerende persoon en een inspirerende omgeving.


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