Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tsubame copperware

Niigata prefecture displays a rich metal craftsmanship, with Tsubame city hand-beaten copper wares seemingly among the most famous. A good introduction on these can be found here. I immediately fell in love with this short piece of craft whose standard usage in the newly open traditional craft center in Aoyama was not informed. Whatever, a strategy I apply and suggest you consider when choosing small wares is to quickly figure out how you could use it right away back home. For me, the usage came at first sight too as I had been looking for a smallish container to mix up quick cold or warm sauces for salads, Japanese or Western styled. This one comes handy and enhance the pleasure of home cooking.

The hammer imprints are beautiful and reminiscent of the many other countries where hammered metal wares are a tradition.