Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Santa Clara del Cobre-Coppersmiths

This year at the Southern Illinois Metalsmith Society (SIMS) Conference, the Angel Family from Santa Clara del Cobre Mexico is doing demonstrations of their traditional copper-working skills. They brought with them almost 50 vessels, which they are selling at ridiculously cheap prices.
N. and I bought these two vessels for less than $300! I love the thick rims and the hammered texture, as well as the rich color. I think metal that has been worked this much (they start with thick sheets of copper, and hammer them thinner, then raise them up) has a warmth and depth that other kinds of metalwork doesn't have. We love them!

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