When repairs make things better


Sometimes repairs can make the original better, for example here, with this little lid that was broken


This is a very old technique that is no longer practiced, except for perhaps a few old people in China and Japan. They are, essentially, nails that sink their teeth into the clay and keeps two parts together. Of course, you need a clean line and not a messy break with lots of little pieces, but if you have that clean line, it is actually possible to piece the thing back together without too much agony. The result almost improves on the original and gives the pot an aesthetic that it would not have on its own.



When repairs make things better — 10 Comments

    • I don’t know how it’s done, to be honest. However, I can tell you that on the inside of the lid you don’t see the staples

  1. Zhang Yi Mou’s “the road home” had shown how a broken bowl was repaired similarly, by drilling tiny holes.
    lz, is this an old repair or newly repaired? i have a beloved pot that i would love to have the lid fixed…i even thought of asking my dentist for some glue 🙂

  2. Beautiful yixing teapot, and an enlightening post!
    My favorite yixing pot was sadly broken beyond any kind of repair recently – I miss that pot! I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for a new favourite after reading your blog!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Alas, I don’t know. I remember seeing some video awhile back that has an old man demonstrating it, and he made it clear that very few people now know how to do what he was doing. Basically, nobody does anymore.

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