Make Mend: Kintsugi Hack

Friday, April 15, 2022 at 11:00am to 3:00pm

USC Fisher Museum of Art (HAR), Courtyard
823 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series

Admission is free. Reservations recommended. Reservations open Wednesday, December 1, at 10 a.m.

To enter the USC campus, all guests age 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination (either a physical CDC-issued vaccine card or a digital copy available from the State of California here). As an alternative, guests may show a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of accessing campus. Photo ID required. All persons accessing must also complete Trojan Check, USC’s daily wellness assessment, on the day of their visit. We encourage all attendees to wear masks for their own protection and the protection of others. Unvaccinated individuals must wear a mask whenever they cannot maintain a 6’ physical distance from those outside of their household.

Wabi-sabi is the Japanese concept of “flawed beauty,” or beauty in imperfection. Many of the art and craft practices associated with wabi-sabi include everyday techniques and skills to elevate or showcase broken or damaged objects and highlight their flaws. Such mending and reflecting on repair can bring with it healing and acceptance of imperfection or transiences

Make Mend is a series of wabi-sabi workshops presented by the USC Roski School of Art and Design that will explore fixing or improving what is damaged, broken, or torn, with respect towards the handmade and creativity as a wellness practice. Participants are invited to bring items that need repair, embellishment, or altering, and all skill levels are welcome.

Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi) is the technique of repairing and embellishing broken pottery with gold or gold dust. The practice of “golden repair” draws attention to damage, turns it into a thing of beauty, and celebrates breakage and repair as part of an object's history. Adapting modern materials such as epoxy glue and gold leaf, the “Kintsugi Hack” workshop will explore Kintsugi and the wabi-sabi idea of embracing imperfections and flaws as a practice of wellness and healing.

Related events:
Make Mend: DARN. 
Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Friday, September 10, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watt Hall Courtyard
For more info, click here.

Make Mend: I’m DYE-ING to Make That! 
Wabi-Sabi Workshop Series
Monday, December 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art Courtyard
For more info, click here.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Co-sponsored by the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Pacific Asia Museum.

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Health and Community Well-Being


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni


University Park Campus


Art & design


Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
Add this to your calendar

Recent Activity