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 take a simple piece of copper and transform it into usable works of art. It has been one of our long time dreams to introduce their work to our customers and share their extraordinary pieces. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and takes about 2-3 months to be made if back ordered. All pieces have a lifetime guarantee.
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.
We hammer today because of those who have come before us, and the life we create is shaped by the knowledge passed down through the generations. But that life is left incomplete without nurturing hands to guide it into the future. Your time begins here. It is our sincerest hope that, upon taking our Gyokusendo copperware into your hands and when you use it every day thereafter, you are able to envision its shining form one hundred years into the future.
Gyokusendo copperware is created 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. A kettle made from a single sheet of copper, for instance, may go through as many as 15 iterations of this shaping-softening process.
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 allows 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.