Hand-Hammered Copper Mountain Vase | Blue Patina
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A Tradition in Contemporary Form
The earthy feel to this blue patina Mountain Summit Vase starts with a simple sheet of copper. Hand-hammered over hundreds of times, this creates the signature dimpled surface as it is sculpted and molded into form. From Japan, Master Copper Artisan M. Shimakura, relies on traditional techniques to create fine contemporary copperwork.
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 Mountain-Summit 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 Vase is then sealed with lacquer and signed by the artist.
From Craft 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: Outer diameter 165 × H 160mm. Weight 496g. 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 or abrasives). Your one-of-a-kind hand-hammered product may differ in color and other qualities from digital photos here.