A while ago saw posts by both The Purrfect Cup and I Heart Teas about making their own tea ware at their local pottery store. I said to myself, I’d like to try that and off I went to find a ceramics studio near where I live.
Of course I was armed with grand visions of what I intended to do which did not entail sitting down and actually painting my “Matcha Bowl”. My visions usually take me to more complicated endeavors which sometimes work and some times not.
I had seen a You Tube video on a polymer clay technique, which I envisioned covering my base bowl creation with.
I made the combination colored polymer and off I went to make my base bowl.
The helpful ceramics assistants were surprised that I did not want to paint it and instructed me on writing inside my bowl, as I wanted to.
A few days later I picked it up and was quite pleased with the base.
Excited I went home to finish off my project by adding the polymer to the outside shell…then it happened!
Just a slight slip of the hand and crash the bowl lay in pieces on the floor.
I shared my sadness with my TeaTrade sisters and got lots of support and suggestions. At the time I was much too distraught to deal with any of the wonderful ideas.
Months later a read a post link on G+ about Kintsugi Art of Repairing Teaware written by Listening to the Leaves
I decided to attempt to fix my broken bowl. I went online to do additional research and visited my local art store for a suggested fixative. He recommended these.
Now, I am not an expert and my main purpose for saving the bowl was to save the work that I had begun and not incur the additional expense of a new bowl.
The process also triggered my creative side to see just how this would look.
I proceeded to coat the bowl pieces with the fixative and piece back together what I had started.
I have taken a look at several suggested fixative products to use for this process and if you plan to use the ceramic for drinking and everyday use you may have to use a different type of fixative and make sure it is non-toxic.
One such product I read about is listed here
in addition to a few articles on fixing broken pottery.
I am happy so far with my bowl repair and although I may never use it for Matcha making, it will sit proudly on my shelf as a reminder that “broken things can be mended and be more beautiful than before”.
One day I will post a photo of the finished product 🙂