From Mailchimp to Buttondown

I’m switching email marketing software for two reasons: You, the reader, deserve to subscribe to a service that respects your privacy I, the creator, need a service that respects my privacy by default Mailchimp has fallen short of my requirements for several reasons. First, they require everyone to include a physical address. This is because… Continue reading From Mailchimp to Buttondown

Training Myself in Kintsugi

My self-education on kintsugi has the following basic principles: Master simple techniques before moving on Spend as little money as possible In hindsight, I actually spent more money on materials than was necessary. In this post I’ll go over my learnings and suggest an order of operations. Order of Operations Here is the self-imposed training… Continue reading Training Myself in Kintsugi

Muro: The Curing Box

Muro is a high humidity curing box for kintsugi. The character for muro (室) means greenhouse or cellar. But muro (ムロ) also means a closed room that protects bonsai plants in the winter and prevents their pots from cracking. It’s meant to be ventilated during the daytime, which I’m taking as a cue to ventilate… Continue reading Muro: The Curing Box


This is the second article in my Kintsugi research series. For the overview, visit Kintsugi 101. Read on for instructions on how to join broken ceramic pieces together. For my first project repairing a cracked bowl, I am using the following recipe for mugi-urushi: 4 parts mochi rice flour 1 part white wheat flour water… Continue reading Mugi-Urushi

Kintsugi 101 (start here)

This page is a work in progress as I document my research on traditional kintsugi with urushi lacquer. No cashew, no turpentine, no epoxy, and no shortcuts. This is the first article in the series and it’s the best place to start. Kintsugi Index Kintsugi 101 (you are here) Mugi Urushi Muro: The Curing Box… Continue reading Kintsugi 101 (start here)