brianckennedy wrote:I am looking for a special gift for a very special Northwest Teacher. Doug is a 71 year old mentor of many of the Puget Sounds psychotherapists. He has taught at the local universities for many years. He is an unassuming humble man. Doug is truly an artist in terms of his ability to help people heal from their wounds. Those who know him, know what a gem of a being he is. I have been mentored by him for 16 years. Doug will be retiring soon from nearly 40 years of service to his clients and his students. Next Friday (May 6, 20110, he will be giving what may be his last lecture and workshop. He is thinking of it as a coming together or culmination of his life's work. His Opus as it were. Although Doug is far to humble to call it that.
Get to the point Brian. An art form that seems to perfectly symbolize his work would be Kintsugi. Might you have or might you direct me to someone who has a piece of pottery mended in this fashion. A piece that might show the cracks very clearly, but has a beauty none the less and ideally mended with gold lacquer. Doug is not someone who has a taste for fine art, but he is someone who would very much appreciate the deeper meaning in the gift and its symbolism to his work with the wounded people of our community.
Any help you might offer would be very much appreciated.
While I am not one of the artisians and am unsure of where such pieces could easily be bought. If you gave us a price range you were looking for we could tell you if it is remotely feasible for you to find such a piece. I say this for several reasons. The art of mending pieces with gold lacquer seems to be dieing in the sense that not many artists are willing to put in the time to do the repairs, and even then they are costly. Along with the fact that it somewhat of a rarer practice now a days meaning most surviving pieces are antiques. Usually people will accept the death of a piece of teaware unless they were exceptionally tied to the piece, or it cost a fortune in the first place.
All these things add up to the fact that while pieces can be found, I do not think I have seen such a piece selling for an price less than several hundred if not thousand dollars.