kintsukuroi

once the potter’s clay
the vase is already broken
perhaps by design  

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Kintsugi(金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi(金繕い, "golden repair"),

is the Japanese art of repairing broken potterywith lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.

As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.