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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.