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I was astonished to discover that they start with a copper vase, hammered into shape on a mold. There are a number of steps including gluing on tiny little pieces of copper, which are then filled with ceramic material, fired, done again, etc. and then painted and polished. A whole lot of work. They are certainly beautiful when they are completed though.
|The Cloisonné factory.||An example as we go in.||A dude beating the copper into shape.|
|All different sizes of course.||Here they are using tweezers and gluing little pieces of copper to the vases.||Really looks like pain-staking work.|
|More of the same process.||See the pile of little tiny pieces of copper she is using.||These vases are glued and awaiting the ceramic filling process.|
|It takes a whole lot of little pieces to do one of these babies.||Now the ceramic material is filled into the spaces between the tiny pieces of copper.||More of the same.|
|These have been filled and fired. Still more work to go.||After more filling and painting and roasting...||This is where they roast them...ok where the fire them.|
|This guy is polishing them after the firing.||Filled and fired...ready for more filling and painting I think.|
|We finally make it into the showroom.||Not just vases though...all kinds of things from dogs to plates.|
|Pretty good sized show room too.||A big vase...this must have taken a while.|
|Kathy had to buy a few little trinkets...better than lots of big trinkets I guess.|