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New Heirlooms at Gasworks

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Material Action at Gasworks: New Heirlooms Kintsugi Workshop

Another fantastic few days at Gasworks! We invited young people from Lambeth and Wandsworth to learn a modern form of Kintsugi – the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.  



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We began by sharing stories about a special and personal ceramic heirloom as a way of exploring our relationship with objects and what they say about us.


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The participants were also asked to bring in a throw away ceramic to add to a mountain of ‘orphaned’ objects collected from local charity shops.


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Then out came the hammers!


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Through adopting the Kintsugi technique, these old and new ceramic shards were merged to create ‘New Heirlooms’ echoing the transition and evolution of the local Vauxhall and Nine Elms area.


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Here are some of the results!


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