Chinese ceramics, which were produced for ornamental purposes, were not designed to be held too much. These decorative pieces were handed down from generation to generation and handled with extreme care. However, tea ware, on the other hand, was taken out of the box, used to make tea, washed clean, and put back into the box over and over for hundreds and even thousands of times over centuries because teaware was meant to be used regularly at tea ceremonies. Almost all of the pottery, which were made hundreds of years ago, have some sort of scratch, or “kintsugi” due to its character; pottery is softer and more fragile than ceramics. It can be said that there is no piece in perfect condition.
Tea ware that has existed for a while needs maintenance and repair, just like we do. Comparing tea ware to us, scratches are like injuries, and “kintsugi” represents medical treatment. The scratch and “kintsugi” represent the history of tea ware andprove its origins. In chanoyu-rituals where Japanese tea is served and enjoyed, allowing and respecting the imperfect beauty is considered to be more important than perfect and impeccable beauty.
Plugging that into our own society, it is not about differentiating ourselves depending on our race or physical features. It is about understanding, loving, respecting and accepting our personalitiesand imperfections according to the spirit of wa (harmony). Teaware ages just like us. Even if it is the same bowl, it would age differently if you used it with another person. Tea ware comes alive when they are owned. Tea ware remain alive, even after centuries have passed.