Waves can cause a great amount of impact to lands and people, especially in Japan, where Tsunami occur frequently. Despite the negative aspect, Japanese people believe there are also great benefit from it, a new starting point and a new circle of life. Tokyo-based potter Tomomi Kamoshita collects broken ceramics that she picks up from the shore, and mashes it with pieces of her own broken ceramics, so to continue its value and even empower it with historical feel.

Every broken ceramic must have had its own place before it came down to ocean. It could have been someone’s old pot, or have fallen off a ship, or was simply thrown away by someone. But either which way, Kamoshita wanted to revive what waves have brought us. In fact, the shards still retain their own colorful beauty, with the help of sand and waves from polishing.

Kamoshita was skilled in the Japanese traditional repairing technique “Kintsugi”, which is also known as the golden joinery. It was a form of art that could repair broken ceramics, and instead of making the crack look seamless, they show it by accentuate the glowing. A way to treat breakage as a history of an object, rather than concealing its identity.

The Kintsugi directly relates to Japanese philosophy of Mushin (no mind), the essence of Zen, which emphasizes the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life. This state of mind also is the core principle of Japanese martial arts.

Kamoshita's ceramic pieces will be display at the Ronin Gallery in New York, from June 23rd to July 30th.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.