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Broken But Not Shattered

People and Pottery. What could we possible have in common?

Did you ever drop a plate and a small piece broke off or it just cracked? Broken but still useful with a dab of glue.

Did you ever drop a plate and it shattered into a million pieces? Shattered and unable to repair.

So what does this have to do with my theme of Mental Health? Read on and I will explain.

Kintsugi

I have recently become acquainted with this Japanese art form called Kintsugi which means “golden joinery”. This art form is also known as Kintsukuroi which is translated “golden repair”.

 

This is so awesome. As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of the object rather than something to hide.

This art form highlights the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object.

The cracks are celebrated and not hidden. They are viewed as part of the piece’s history and celebrated for the beautiful, gold trickled creation it has become–still functional and beautiful.

Think of how we can relate this to people.

The metaphor of Kintsugi pottery represents how our life can shatter at any moment, but it also can be mended and made beautiful.

Many times a mended vase is worth so much more than the original value.

Broken People

Just think about all the friends and family in your circle. How many of them have gone through some rough times and felt broken?

What about yourself. Do you have some cracks and broken parts you have been dealing with? I know I do and my daughter deals with brokenness sometimes on a daily basis.

I absolutely love this philosophy this art form embraces.

Highlight the cracks and repairs as simply an event in the life of an object.

Half Crazed Mom

Many times I am asked how I came up with the name for my Website. Wondering if perhaps the name offends my daughter. Funny thing is she help me pick it out based on this exact topic. Kintsugi. While deciding if I was going to take on this venture of sharing our story of dealing with mental health issues we started tossing around different names. It wasn’t until we researched the word CRAZED and found that it would fit perfectly did we finally agree that we had to incorporate this word in our title.

CRAZED: (of a ceramic object) having small cracks in the glaze.

So if you want to go with Half Crazed Mom or Kintsugi Mom I would be honored to answer to either. The name was in NO WAY meant to downplay or flirt with CRAZY vs CRAZED. It was totally from the start all about someone is BROKEN but not shattered.

Gift Giving Ideas

I know it might seem odd to give someone a gift that was once broken and repaired, but there is someone out there that would find that gift one of the most meaningful gifts one could give.

My daughter feels broken right now and a gift that shows her that I know how she is feeling and I know she can be repaired is a great way to show love and support.

If you know someone who could benefit from the philosophy of Kintsugi Pottery.

Seletti Kintsugi mug cup in porcelain and 24 carat gold mod. 3

Check it out ==>HERE.

Seletti Kintsugi bowl in porcelain and 24 carat gold

Conclusion

My ending for today’s post would just be aware of your friends and family. If they seem down today cheer them up by introducing them to this wonderful concept of Kintsugi. If you are feeling generous go and buy them a Kintsugi bowl or vase. It is a great conversation starter.

Everyone is repairable and to highlight the cracks is actually the preferred method of repair in our home. We take every trial and hardship as a way to learn from it and share what we have learned with others.

This quote by Leonard Cohen sums up the thoughts for today. Embrace it!

Keep fighting the good fight.

Tammy

Printable Quote LEONARD COHEN There Is A Crack In image 0

Tammy C

18 Comments

  1. I have never heard of Kintsugi before. It sounds like a wonderful concept. Indeed, any trauma or experience that goes through stays with them for life. It becomes part of the person and it shapes them for the future. I can think of many experiences of mine, good and bad that changed the person I am today! 

  2. The article about the ” Broken But Not Shattered” looks nice. You give a several information about the Kintsugi. Seeing your article, it gives the best advice of anything can be repaired. Even the Kintsugi is new to me, but it can help my father to rejoin the old jor with the help of real gold .Thanks for giving the wonderful information, and keep doing more articles for people’s use.

  3. Hello Tammy,

    Kintsugi concept is really very wonderful for me. I haven’t heard about this Kintsugi concept. Seletti Kintsugi bowl in porcelain and 24 carat gold is very beautiful. I haven’t seen this wonderful bowl. Your post will help me finding the cracks and repair them by Kintsugi concept.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful concept. Your domain name is also mind blowing.

    Parveen

    • Hello Parveen

      Thank you for your comments.  Glad you liked the Kintsugi concept.  I have found it very useful when dealing with my daughter.  

      Tammy

  4. Hello Tammy! I had never heard that quote by Leonard Cohen and I love it. It reflects an idiosyncratic view of life. Since Christmas is getting closer every day, I think offering a Kintsugi Pottery seems to me to be the perfect gift. It could launch the conversation on the year that just past and what we can remember from it, good and bad, and what we will chose to remember. Thank you for this enlightening article!

    • Hello Purdey

      Thank you for your comments.  I think that sounds like a great idea to use the pottery to launch a conversation .  Glad you found the article enlightening.

      Tammy

  5. What a fabulous article!  I love the name of your website!  I have been broken before, but thankfully not shattered beyond repair.  There is no such thing as perfection, and with each crack that I have had, I have learnt a tremendous amount and changed for the better.

    The art of Kintsugi sounds incredibly interesting and certainly something that I would be very interested in.  I think the mug is a great idea for a Christmas gift.  I have a few people in mind who I can get this for.

    I will certainly be back and tell my friends about your website!

    Kind regards,

    Renée

    • Hello Renee

      Thank you so much for your comments and personal experiences.  I too find Kintsugi very interesting and have actually considered trying to make my own mug.  There are actual kits available i believe on Amazon.

      Tammy

  6. I would have never thought to give someone a broken piece that has been mended, but the way that you explain the symbolism of this makes a lot of sense. 

    No one is perfect and we all have cracks and broken parts, just like broken porcelain but it is the way in which we manage to heal ourselves that is important. So receiving a well thought out gift like this should be a compliment, although maybe the gift will need to be explained. 

    • I agree an explanation may be necessary but what an opportunity to tell someone you care about how you really feel.  Yes we all have cracks and broken parts but we are not shattered.

      Thanks for the comments.

      Tammy

  7. Hello Tammy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I must confirm that all you write about this topic is true, many times it happened to me that I broke something and my loved ones were really sad about it. May I ask if I can share this article on my Twitter account, I think many folks will benefit from it.

    • Hello Danijel

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.   I would love if you would share this concept and feel that it could help many.   

      Tammy

  8. Hi! This post has touched my heart. Kintsugi’s approach has direct application to how we humans live our lives and how the decisions we take in occasions can break us. Yes, we first of all must be responsible for our own decisions. That’s the first step for growth. But also learn to keep on when things don’t turn out as we expected.

  9. This is a very good question to ask when talking Broken But Not Shattered

    Did you ever drop a plate and it shattered into a million pieces?

    Don’t look down on anyone and be aware of your friends and family by cheering them up. It’s normal if we should then scan the horizon in the hope of finding some answers that can attenuate the pain.

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