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Member Exhibition Preview for “Kintsugi: The Restorative Art of Naoko Fukumaru”

Artist Naoko Fukumaru applying a layer of urushi lacquer to achieve a smooth surface of the broken joins as part of the kintsugi method of mending. Photo by Naoko Fukumaru.

Join Portland Japanese Garden in celebrating the opening of Kintsugi: The Restorative Art of Naoko Fukumaru. In the Garden’s final exhibition of 2024, we will showcase stunning kintsugi from artist Naoko Fukumaru. Kintsugi is an ancient method of mending damaged ceramics using urushi (natural lacquer) dusted with powdered gold. This type of mending highlights the beauty of imperfections, rather than trying to hide them.

On September 28, Members of Portland Japanese Garden are invited from 9:00-10:00am to get a first look at this exhibition. The Pavilion will be open at 9:00am Wednesday through Monday (being closed Tuesdays) for member access throughout the exhibition.

“Timeless Magic,” 2023 Taisho era (1912 -1926). Black Raku ware, Urushi lacquer, 24K gold, and resin. Photo by Naoko Fukumaru.
“Ocean Scars,” (2019), Sea Urchins, Urushi lacquer, calcium carbonate, resin, and 24K gold. 2019, Naoko Fukumaru.



The Pavilion Gallery is used for exhibitions and special events. Architectural features include shoji (translucent paper panels) and verandas that connote the integration of house and garden. The overlook offers a spectacular view of Mt. Hood to the east.