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Tsuiki Copperware XXVI

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Exhibited at DESIGN MIAMI. 2023 Designed by 5th generation Gyokusen family head, Gyokusen Kakuhei III, 1901 – 1992.

The surface, referred to as "Hammer Mark Mosaic" shows the individual marks left behind by the hundreds of hammer strikes needed for shaping the vessel. Creating a texture, that cannot be replicated.

Gyokusendo Tsuiki Copperware is a traditional Japanese craft with a history that dates back over 200 years. It originates from Tsubame City in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. The name "Gyokusendo" comes from a combination of two words: "gyoku" meaning "jewel" and "sendo" meaning "copper mountain." The term "tsuiki" refers to the technique of hammering and shaping metal, specifically copper, into various forms and designs.

Gyokusendo copperware is known for its intricate and delicate designs, achieved through a combination of traditional craftsmanship and artistic creativity. Artisans use tsuiki, a hand-hammering technique, to shape the copper into various forms, such as vases, tea kettles, trays, and other decorative items. The process involves repeatedly heating and hammering the copper to achieve the desired shape and thickness.

One of the unique features of Gyokusendo tsuiki copperware is the beautiful patina it develops over time. The copper items are coated with a thin layer of transparent lacquer called "ro-iro urushi" to prevent oxidation and maintain the bright, shiny appearance of the copper. However, as the lacquer wears off over time, the copper surface gradually darkens and develops a rich, antique-like patina. This process adds character and depth to the copperware, making each piece more valuable and unique as it ages.

Gyokusendo tsuiki copperware has been recognized as a traditional craft in Japan since 1984. Today, it continues to be a symbol of fine Japanese craftsmanship and artistry.

Shöwa era (1926-89)

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