The Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold,
silver, or platinum.
As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than
something to disguise.
1. Choose a pot.
2. Cut and stick in your sketchbook.
3. Do a LARGE line drawing which echoes the shape/silhouette.
4. Divide pot into 6 sections so it appears ‘cracked’.
5. Write down something about the pot (inside the pot): How old is it?
Who owns it? Where does it live? Do you think it is valuable?
By the end of the lesson you will have…
Learnt how your theme ‘together and apart’ could be
explored through the deconstruction and
reconstruction of textiles and/or pottery and how
ancient traditions such as Kintsugi could be applied to
contemporary art; and how a composition can be
created using collagraph technique.
explore the theme of
breaking / fixing / rearranging
in their work….
Is a potter and an artist who creates classically shaped vases
covered with figures, patterns and text.
The revealing and often dark subject matter depicted on these
pots is at first disguised by their colourful, decorative
His chosen topics include autobiographical images of himself,
his family, as well as references to political events and an
investigation of cultural stereotypes.
He subverts the craft form of ceramics. He revels in its second-
class status within world of fine arts, in order to explore
challenging, yet witty and thought provoking themes.
‘A lot of my work has always had a guerrilla tactic, a stealth
tactic. I want to make something that lives with the eye as a
beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or
an ideology will come out of it’.
1. Gather ripped, torn and cut clothes / textiles
2. Draw the outline of your vase onto the card
3. Cut or tear your fabric into smaller pieces if necessary
4. Arrange fabric pieces inside the lines of your vase
5. Glue down the fabric.
6. Create collagraph print.
30 - 40 Minutes
Pair/Share – Discuss and write down what you have used so
far. Are you pleased with your work so far? Have you
discovered any new techniques?
1. Using a combination or magazines and biro /ink create a
response to the work of Grayson Perry, Robert
Rauschenburg or John Stezaker.
2. Create a collage within your vase shape which conveys a
message or a story.
3. Consider how you can show ‘cracks’ within the object
10 - 20 Minutes
Reflect & Evaluate
Briefly write how you think today’s activities
link to the exam theme, what have you
discovered, what have you found difficult?
Share outcomes and discuss findings and/or
Create a double page spread in your
sketchbooks which focusses on an artist
reference inspired by today’s activities.
• Analyse the work of the artist
• Create your own response
• Explore how this could link to your theme