Galaxy Kintsukuroi
The Kintsukuroi edition of Galaxy
Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair)
While creating the Galaxy series there were some complication in the process, as usual. There always are complications when it comes to ceramics. Some mistakes, failts, accidents.. many things that you will not know untill the final fire. That is when all comes back to you. The very first test batch of Galaxy has suffered some of these surprises.
Probably while I casted the first cups I have not waited long enough for the porcelain mixture to rest and several tiny air bubbles left in the liquid. Seemingly causing no problem.
But as soon as I glazed them and fired them on 1300 celsius those tiny air bubbles felt like escaping. No problem, they can easily leave through the glaze, but they left tiny little openings after themselfs. 
These openings are quite common glaze faults that puts the products to waste. 
I felt sorry for the cups and all the material, energy and time wasted with them. So instead of throwing them away I gave them a bit of highlight right on the faults.
I actually quite liked these tiny spots on the glaze, they made quite a random pattern, it reminded me to the stars on the sky. So I thought with highlighting them I drag the attention to the mistakes instead of hiding it in the trash.
Kintsukuroi is a japaneese word for golden repair. There was a time when porcelain was actually highly appreceated and in the price of gold. So when some valuable cup broke, they got fixed and the cracs were painted gold.
 
"Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a lacquer resin sprinkled with powdered gold.[1][2] Kintsugi may have originated when shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs in the late 15th century. When it was returned repaired with ugly metal staples, it may have prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for a more aesthetic means of repair. Collectors became so enamored of the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.[1] Kintsugi became closely associated with the ceramic utensils used for Japanese tea ceremony.[2]" wikipedia
 
 
So this is how this very limited edition of cups were born, and become the Xmas edition of 2013.
Galaxy Kintsukuroi
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Galaxy Kintsukuroi

Limited addition porcelain cups with golden stars
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