The Golden Pyramid

The Golden Pyramid

My dear mother was inconsolable when during a slightly coarse rehousing, her most precious art object cracked in pieces in one of the corners

It was a tableau of small porcelain pyramids, made by a Danish artist who died, and the fallen pyramid was so crushed that simply gluing was no longer possible.

What followed was a search for someone who had experience with this delicate material, hoping that a replica of the broken pyramid could be made … until my parents came to live in Leeuwarden, and my mother discovered the studio of Lies Ceramics in the Blokhuispoort.

Lies thought it was a nice challenge, although she expected that it would be difficult to get it exactly in the same size and color. Instead, she had a wonderful idea. She suggested not to camouflage the “defect” but to embrace it and make it part of the tableau.

The inspiration for this; Kintsugi, a secular Japanese way of repairing broken ceramics, by reassembling the shards with striking gold glue. It fits in with the wabi-sabi philosophy, which learns to embrace imperfection and transience by seeing the beauty of it.

A fairly expensive technique, but we were unanimously enthusiastic about the story and the metaphor behind it. Lies then made pyramids until she was satisfied with the shape, and covered the winning specimen with a thin layer of goldleaf.

Meanwhile, the relief hangs on my parents’ wall again, with the golden pyramid as the shining center, well, the corner. My mother has her beloved artwork back, now even more unique than it already was.

Robbin van Nek

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