Gyokusendo Tsuiki Copperware

We are proud to be the exclusive representative of the legendary Gyokusendo workshop.

Gyokusendo is a long lineage of master craftsmen established since 1816 that create copperware by hammering and shaping a single sheet of copper into a finished item. As it is hammered, the copper becomes harder, and it is necessary to soften it again at regular intervals by heating and cooling it. Once malleability is restored, the piece can then be further shaped under the hammer.

After shaping is complete, the piece is individually colored using oxidizing methods developed over seven generations. The plating and baking of tin onto the surface of the pieces also allow the artisan to achieve colors not possible with copper alone. After the patina is applied, natural Japanese tree wax is melted and spread over the surface. Through daily use, this wax will slowly fade but will help to create luster and shine.

Strike. Make your mark on time.
Each strike of the artisan's hammer imbues the cold metal with life. The piece that is created is made to be the same, but remains unique in its own way.  Eventually, it will find a home far from where it was made but continue to grow more unique by the touch of the hands that use it.