Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken ceramics with a lacquer resin made to look like solid gold, adds a new level of complexity to the vessels that it mends. An exhibit at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington features a Japanese tea bowl made of
An alternative to masking the repair could be a restoration in which the damage is incorporated into the aesthetic of the restored item and becomes artistically "better than new." This sometimes adds value as in the Japanese kintsugi repair method.
How to Fix Broken Pottery : Kintsugi The Japanese art of Kintsugi embraces the cracks as part of the history of the object by coating them in gold. In this way the broken-ness adds to the beauty of the object.