• Amanda Armstrong

My Healing Bowl

(金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair"),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. -Wikipedia

The message in this art form is that breaking, healing and transforming is beautiful. The bowl is a symbol for us because we are a vessel that contains many things.

Sometimes we break emotionally and need to be repaired. In this project, I broke a bowl to repair it. I filled the bowl with quotes that motivated me, helped bring me up. And on the outside, I painted it in colors I enjoy looking at that were soothing. There are many ways this can be done, there really are no wrongs. You can fill the bowl inside, and outside with quotes, or words that feed your needs, and soul. I chose to paint on the outside of the bowl because I wanted the outside to match the inside. It's like when you are feeling good, you want to put on the new shoes, or the outfit that matches your great mood.

How to:

Bowl; I have a collection of random mismatched bowls. This one was the perfect size. Next you will want to paint the bowl with gesso, or white paint. I did a couple of coats of gesso inside and out.

Break; I placed my bowl in a t-shirt (large ziploc, bag, anything to keep the pieces safe, and your eyes!) and tapped it with a hammer a couple of times. You don't want a bunch of small pieces, bowls tend to disintegrate. I got about 4 big pieces!

Decorate; now is your time to write, draw and paint you. This is personal for everyone. But for myself I chose quotes of empowerment from strong women. This was going to be my empowerment bowl. You can also use this bowl working through a difficult time, or a bad experience.

Glue; I had my glue gun handy and what was easiest for me. I loved watching it all come together. There was a feeling of strength as I pieced it together.

Things to think about after completion:

Do you feel like you difficult experience make you more beautiful? HAve they made you wiser, stronger, or more compassionate?

For me I like to keep the bowl in the studio where I can always see it. Anytime I am feeling discouraged or like a broken I refer to it. I reread the quotes, or just admire how unique it looks put back together.

There really is no wrong way to do this! Its your journey.

Other materials for your bowl: Markers, magazines, cloths, beads, and buttons! Anything that you can glue, that makes you feel beautiful works.

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