First Friday – March 7th, 2008
We’re really excited to be featuring work from the Purepecha Indians of Central Mexico, who have been working with copper since pre-Columbian times and still use the bonfire method to heat and hammer a range of vases, bowls, mirrors and plates.
Cobre–Copper in Spanish–has been made by the Purepecha Indians of Central Mexico since pre-Columbian times. When the Europeans arrived in the 16th century, they found the Purepecha making domestic implements and weapons from copper found in local, above-ground mines. Father Vasco de Quiroga introduced a few refinements; however, little has changed in how the copper is worked and finished. Because the copper mines have long been closed, today the smiths gather and melt discarded copper for use in their workshops.
You can read more about the Purepecha Indians here