Here is what I did over the past few days...
I had two cheap pots to repair. One witha cracked handle, the other with a cracked lid.
It is hard to make the gold (fake gold for now) go where I want it to go. The method relies on the smoothness of glazed pottery and isn't well suited to unglazed items... but with some modifications I was able to get the above clumsy result.
I had similar issues with the broken handle. But at least I can use these pots again! They won't gett any awards for beauty, but I'm glad to be learning.
I've washed my hands for and hour and they seem to be stained with urushi. That said, I think I'll keep practicing.