When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away, but there is an alternative: a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to the broken object. It’s called kintsugi, or kintsukuroi, literally golden (“kin”) and repair (“tsugi”). This traditional Japanese art uses a precious metal – liquid gold, liquid silver or lacquer dusted with powdered gold – to bring together the pieces of a broken pottery item and at the same time enhance the breaks. The technique consists in joining fragments and giving them a new, more refined aspect. Every repaired piece is unique, because of the randomness with which ceramics shatters and the irregular patterns formed that are enhanced with the use of metals. Just lovely!