Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gen Saratani Kintsugi Class -The way of Japanese Ceramic Restoration-


Lacquer artist, Gen Saratani, has started "Kintsugi Class"(Japanese ceramic restoration class).
If you are interested in, take a look the information and contact to
It must be a precious experience!

Kintsugi Class
- The way of Japanese ceramic restoration -
Gen Saratani / Japanese Lacquer Restorer and Artist

Class Description

  • Level : Beginner
  • Size : minimum 3 to maximum 5 students
We will study how to restore damaged ceramics with traditional Japanese techniques that use Japanese lacquer (Urushi) and real gold. For the beginner’s class, students will start with a small chipped, cracked or scratched ceramic piece. In 3 or 4 classes, your work will be completed.


  • Wednesday classes from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Saturday classes from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Please send an E-mail to this address with your information. (which class you want, your name, address and phone number)

Globus Chashitsu Keisuian「憩翠庵」
  - 3min. walk from Union Square
  - 5min. walk from Madison Square Park

$150 (includes all materials required for your completed project)
  -If the restoration area is large, you will be charged an additional fee for the gold (at market price).

What to Bring
Ceramic piece with small chip, crack or scratch

Dress Code
Long sleeves (there is a possibility you will get dirty)
  -We provide gloves and arm covers. If you have something to cover your arms, please bring them.


  • We use real Japanese lacquer (Urushi) and pure gold in order to get the authentic experience.
  • In some cases, it is possible to develop a rash if the lacquer comes in direct contact with your skin. We provide groves and guidance for properly handling the lacquer. (Please read below, “Why can Urushi cause a rash?” )
  • If the lacquer gets on your clothes, it cannot be removed.  It does not come out even if you wash it. We strongly recommend that you cover your arms and legs and to wear a long sleeve shirt that can become dirty.
  • Please be sure to arrive on time.  The lesson will begin promptly at the beginning of each class.

“Why can Urushi cause a rash?”
Urushi (Japanese lacquer) comes from a plant that is related to poison ivy. Urushi, in its liquid form, can cause an allergic rash and dermatitis when it comes in direct contact with your skin. The occurrence of Urushi rash is more likely if you also have an allergic reaction to mango. Fully dried Urushi cannot cause a rash.  The rash normally appears 24 hours after contact and clears up within 2 weeks. Symptoms include itching and blistering.  The duration of the rash and severity depends on the person’s level of immunity.  Do not scratch the rash in order to prevent any scarring. Because Urushi is not commonly used in the United States, we do not suggest using any creams or medicines to treat the Urushi rash as long as the rash area is controlled and does not significantly worsen. Using medicines may cause further discomfort or exacerbate the rash.

General Disclaimer

  • We are not responsible for the Urushi rash, dirty clothes, and any injury or accident in the facilities.
  • We will store the ceramics for the duration of the class, but are not be liable in case of a theft, fire, or other emergency on the premise.
  • No refunds except when lessons cannot be held. 

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