Bailey made me the most beautiful ceramic artwork at school for Mothers Day. She pottered the plate and cup al by herself and then inspired by my love for Royal Copenhagen made a stencil and painted on the blue flowers. After weeks of crafting and then more weeks waiting for the glaze to dry, it was ready just in time for Mothers Day. And as she was about to hand it to me on the Sunday morning whilst I had coffee in bed, she dropped it!

Fortunately, it was just the cup and only some surface cracks. I was then reminded of the art of Kintsugi (金継ぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as kintsukuroi (金繕い, “golden repair”), 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. I immediately went online and bought the gold paste, and now after a bit of TLC, Bailey’s artwork is complete and lovelier than ever!