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.
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.
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.
Check it out ==>HERE.
Seletti Kintsugi bowl in porcelain and 24 carat gold
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.