Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold, adds a new level of complexity to the vessels that it mends. An exhibit at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington features a Japanese tea bowl made of
"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful" - Barbara Bloom. Love this philosophy.