Depth and character are added to a space via the use of copper accents in warm, earthy hues. These sublime mini trays are made with recycled copper that’s cut, shaped and hammered by hand. As they’re not lacquered they’re food safe, however they they will naturally tarnish. This will eventually lead to a beautiful patina. This is not a flaw, but a natural progression of the materials. If you’d like to retain their shine, please see our care instructions below. These gorgeous works can be used to organize an entry table, to house a candle collection, or for serving drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Master artisans in this region of Mexico have been working with copper since pre-Hispanic times – particularly the Purepécha people. Their innovations in metallurgy allowed them to produce jewelry, tools, along with decorative and ceremonial pieces from materials that were extracted locally. Later, this area became an important smelting resource for Spain. Copper work remains an essential part of the local culture and economy. This particular workshop consists of 30 master makers and includes both women and men.
Approximately 29 ½ cm long x 16 ½ wide
These pieces are not lacquered, so they are food safe. That said, this means that the pieces will naturally tarnish with handling and exposure to moisture. To clean them, one can use simple kitchen staples like lemon with salt or baking soda or a specialized copper polishing cream. In order to maintain the integrity of the finish and material, these pieces cannot be washed in the dishwasher. They should be cleaned by hand with warm soapy water and a soft cloth, then dried thoroughly to keep them shiny. Our trays will naturally darken over time, as is the way with copper.
The price is for a single mini tray. Due to the traditional processes and materials, the details, hues and finishes will vary slightly from piece to piece.
All noted prices are in USD and do not include shipping. Our website is not currently set up for e-commerce – please contact us directly to purchase: [email protected]