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Three Sided Copper Vessel, 1997 by Familia Ziranda, Mexico

Three Sided Copper Vessel, 1997 by Familia Ziranda, Mexico

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Three Sided Copper Vessel, 1997
Santa Clara De Cobre, Mexico
Hand Hammered Copper
16" high x 14" diameter

One of the great families of coppersmiths in Santa Clara del Cobre, Familia Zirandas work stands out for the fine lines and edges on their copper vessels and the intense care taken in finishing the pieces. Fifth generation coppersmiths, Familia Ziranda has sold their work in Mexico, South America, Europe, and the United States. In the annual national copper competition held in Santa Clara de Cobre, Familia Ziranda has won many prizes for their innovative designs and beautifully executed pieces.

Cobre (copper) has been made by the Purepecha Indians of Central Mexico since pre-Columbian times. When the Europeans arrived in the 16th century, they found the Purepecha making domestic implements and weapons from copper found in local, above-ground mines. A few refinements were introduced, however little has changed in how the copper is worked and finished.  Because the copper mines have long been closed, today the smiths gather and melt discarded copper for use in their workshops.

With the labor intensive bonfire method, coppersmiths take the recycled copper and patiently heat and hammer it until the metal is raised, meaning the bowl or vase walls are formed. The smith then takes a special hammer to finish the piece. Depending upon the amount of salt in the air, and how often the copper piece is handled, the metal will oxidize and the finish becomes matte, as the color darkens to deep browns and reds. It can take weeks or even a month to create a single piece.

Today the town of Santa Clara de Cobre in the state of Michoacan is the center of copper creation. Most of the town's population, 82%, is employed in the making of copper items. There are 250 registered workshops in and around the town. The workshops here are family-owned with children learning the trade from their parents.

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