YOBITSUGI

Beautiful Fractures; The Art of Imperfection


NISHINAKA's 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.





呼継    ガラスのヒビに 不完全の美を込めて


器を作り、壊し、溶かして継く。

新たな美を生み出すために。

今までの自分自身を叩き壊して前進する生き様が「ガラスの呼継」。

ヒビを美とするこの前衛的な表現は、400 年以上続く美意識「不完全の美」が礎となる。

世界中で欠点とされる器のヒビを美と捉え、

あえて強調して修復し、魅力に高めた金継の精神を

日本独自の魅力として、

新しい表現「ガラスの呼継」を通して伝えます。

*呼継(よびつぎ)とは陶芸の伝統的な修復技法である金継(きんつぎ)の一種。
 陶器の壊れて足りなくなった部分に別の陶片を埋め合わせて漆で留め、継ぎ目に金を蒔くもの。