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Hand-Hammered Copper Vase | Mountain View Blue
Artist, Hand-hammered Copper Vase - Mountain/Blue Patina - Alfan Select
Artist, Hand-hammered Copper Vase - Mountain/Blue Patina - Alfan Select
Artist, Hand-hammered Copper Vase - Mountain/Blue Patina - Alfan Select
Artist, Hand-hammered Copper Vase - Mountain/Blue Patina - Alfan Select
Artist, Hand-hammered Copper Vase - Mountain/Blue Patina - Alfan Select
Hand-Hammered Copper Vase | Mountain View Blue
Hand-Hammered Copper Vase | Mountain View Blue
Shimakura | Japan

Hand-Hammered Copper Vase | Mountain View Blue

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Hand-Crafted Copper Vase - Mountain View Blue

Master Copper Hand-Hammer Artist Mr. Shimakura of Japan

This contemporaryMountain View Blue Ikebana Copper Vase has the signature dimpled pattern of a hand-hammered craft object. Its striking blue patina finish clearly reveals the skills of a trained artisan, a skilled craftsman, and a deep commitment and dedication to Japanese quality, culture and history.  

A Master Japanese Craftsman

Meet Master Copper Artisan, Masayuki Shimakura.  Master Shimakura works from his family studio among the rice fields of Niigata, Japan.  This area also has deep historical roots with metal work starting from the Edo Period (1603), and where hand-hammering (Tsuiki) craft took off from about 1868. He relies heavily on those traditional techniques learned in this area many of which acquired from appreticing his own father alao a Master craftsman. These learned-techniques, combined with his own hard-won mastery, encouraged Mr. Shimakura to now produce contemporary metal work that complement modern life – thereby adding new energy and new life to a traditional Japanese craft. 

Rhythmic Sound of Craft-art

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 View Blue 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 Craft Studio to Your Door: As all vases are handmade upon order, please use the Preorder Tab at the top of this page. This is among one of the finest contemporary expressions of traditional Japanese craftwork offered here at Alfan Select! 

Product Details/Care

Outer diameter: 165 × H 160mm.
Weight: 496g.   
Material: Copper.  The outside lacquer coating helps prevent tarnish
Care:  Please 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). 
Note:  Your one-of-a-kind hand-hammered product may differ in color and other qualities from digital photos here.

Product Code: SC0301

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