Lewes artist creates presidential gift for Japanese prime minister

April 21, 2021

At the request of the U.S. Department of State, Lewes resident Morty Bachar of Lakeside Pottery Studio created Kintsugi art for President Joe Biden to present to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during his April visit to the White House.

“I am delighted to see the Kintsugi metaphor now part of international affairs as a symbolism of renewal and healing. The Kintsugi work was implemented with 23.5 karat gold on a 13-inch vase made by Ben Owen of North Carolina,” said Bachar.

"Kintsugi, as the practice is known, gives new life, healing or rebirth to damaged or aging ceramic objects by celebrating their flaws and history. One can consider how we might live a kintsugi life, finding value in the missing pieces, cracks and chips; bringing to light the scars that have come from life experiences, finding new purpose and meaning through aging and loss, seeing love and the beauty of imperfection and loving ourselves, family, friends and country, even with flaws,” he said.

Lakeside Pottery Studio is at 18766 John J. Williams Highway, Unit 4, Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302-313-4015 or go to


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