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New Series: Mendings

First in a new series of work called “Mendings,” is “Once Shattered.”

Kintsugi (金継ぎ?) (Japanese: golden joinery) or Kintsukuroi (金繕い?) (Japanese: golden repair) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with 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.

“Once Shattered” is a metaphor for the human condition.  Once healed, our broken spots are what make us unique. They should be regarded as part of our history, rather than something to disguise.

“Once Shattered” is formed from broken reclaimed glass that has been fully fused and returned to one piece of glass.  It is colorized with pigments, variegated copper foil and silver toned foil.  The back is coated in iron with rust.  The base is created from wood, iron, copper and rust.

Overall, the piece measures 24″ tall, by 8″ wide by 6″ deep.

Shattered 2

Once Shattered. 24″ tall, x 8″ wide x 5″ deep. Reclaimed glass, pigments, foils, wood, iron and rust.

Shattered, reverse side

Once Shattered. Detail shot showing back side of sculpture, iron and rust texture and stand.

Shattered Detail 2

Once Shattered. Detail showing surface texture and coloration.

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Mira Woodworth is an award-winning artist whose works span from large installations in public spaces to small collectible works. Her innovative designs have been published in Art Jewelry Magazine, “Sculpture and Design With Recycled Glass” by Cindy Coldiron and “Cast” by Jen Townsend and Rene Zettle-Sterling. Mira’s installations can be found in public spaces such as the Milford Regional Medical Center, the Pechanga Casino and Resort, The Ritz Carlton, and the China World Trade Center. She also writes - a website about helping artists sell their art online.

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