Hand-Hammered Copper Ikebana Vase | Blue Patina
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A Tradition in Contemporary Form
A single-stem, Ikebana Copper Vase is simple in form. Yet, its unique dimpled pattern, its striking blue patina finish speaks to an artisans skills. From Japan, Master Copper Artisan, M. Shimakura relies on traditional techniques, but creates contemporary forms hand-hammering them over hundreds of times and sculpting them into shape.
Working from a family studio quietly nestled in the rice fields of Niigata, Japan, Master Copper Artisan, Masayuki Shimakura, draws encouragement from the deep historical roots of the area where metal work began in the Edo Period (1603), and where hand-hammering (Tsuiki) advanced from 1868.
Mr. Shimakura relies heavily on those traditional techniques handed down generations, and his own hard-won mastery, to now create objects that complement modern life – thereby adding new energy, new use, to a traditional Japanese craft. Blow after blow, strike after strike, up to several hundred thousand times, the Master Craftsman meticulously hand hammers a single sheet of copper to produce the signature dimpled pattern as he sculpts and "shrinks" the Ikebana Vase into form. Throughout this long process, the object is repeatedly heated in a furnace and soaked in water to soften the hardening copper and facilitate hammering. To finish and smooth, Shimakura applies various traditional and modern techniques to create the dark, bluish patina on the surface. The Ikebana vase is then sealed with lacquer and signed by the artist.
From the Studio to Your Door: This is among one of the finest contemporary expressions of traditional Japanese craftwork offered here at Alfan Select! Preorder is required, so please use the preorder form on this page.
Product Details/Care: Due to the nature of the high-end, one-at-a-time, craft-making processes, individual products may vary slightly in color (from our website photos and one from another) and in other product qualities. Size: W 60mm x H 200mm. Weight 698g. Material, Copper. The outside lacquer coating helps prevent tarnish, and for best care wash by hand with water only or a non-alkaline dish soap. Dry and buff often with a soft cloth. (do not use any scouring pads).