Bringing ceramics back to life

After working for many years inside the workshops of Milan’s best master restorers, expert conservator Anita Cerrato first approached the “Kintsugi” technique about 20 years ago. Since then, she has been bringing ceramic and porcelain artistic objects back to life, skilfully re-assembling broken or damaged pieces using lacquer, gold and silver leaf, according to this ancient Japanese technique dating back to the 15th Century. She is one of the best “kinsù” artisans in Italy. Aside from working in her studio, for years this extraordinary artisan has also been doing a lot of volunteer work, teaching inside a psychiatric hospital’s rehabilitation centre in Brescia, and holding workshops for children: not only mending broken objects, but also helping people heal the scars of the soul.