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Shards in Jewelry Design
Jewelry design has proven to be a popular option for recycling ceramic shards. Hobby recyclers as well as professional jewelry designers post tutorials online on how to turn china into wearables.
In Ishinomaki in Japan, a city partially destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, the social enterprise Nozomi – which means ‘hope’ in Japanese – empowers women whose life has been affected by the natural disaster through creating jewelry from broken porcelain from the tsunami sites.
In addition, the Japanese technique of repairing broken ceramics through the use of gold – known as kintsugi – which is mainly applied to reattach pieces of precious artifacts such as cups, bowls and plates, has also left its trace in contemporary jewelry designs.(Fig 6)
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