Beautiful Fractures; The Art of Imperfection
Yobitsugi works are produced by breaking a completed vessel and re-joining the pieces to create a new innovative beauty.
It is an expression of the way of life of an individual being broken and repaired to advance toward the future.
This Avant-Garde expression is based on the traditional aesthetic sense “Beauty in imperfection” a beloved tradition of more than 400 years in Japan.
Yobitsugi literally translates: “beauty in imperfection".
Yobitsugi Glass Series was inspired by the traditional Japanese restoration technique for ceramic tea bowls.
Broken pieces are joined back together with urushi lacquer toned with gold dust, emphasizing the cracks as beautiful decorative features, rather than hidden repair works.
It was the samurai and their tea masters in the Edo period who first perceived the potential for beauty in the cracks and devised this special repairing technique. The samurai enjoyed tea ceremonies between their battles, to reach a state of zen and used Yobitsugi tea bowls with the cracks serving as a metaphor for “death and rebirth” .
The aesthetics of this tradition have continued for over 400 years.
Yobitsugi restored tea bowls are valued as National Treasures in Japan, celebrating beauty in imperfection.
The Yobitsugi Glass Series continues this tradition with an innovative interpretation, where his glass works emphasize this Japanese philosophy of flawed beauty.
Yobitsugi Glass Series manipulates imperfection in the beauty of each vessel’ s veins from intriguing repaired fragments and cracks to encourage the art of perfect harmony.