WORKING AS A COPPERSMITH IS HARD (EVEN IN A FREE, PRIVATE CLASS IN MICHOACÁN, MEXICO)

The stories of violence in the Mexican state of Michoacán overshadow its treasures.

When we booked a day tour from our hotel in the town of Morelia, we were the only ones. Our guide, Antonio, brought us to his car for what turned into an extensive two-day tour of the region!


I asked Antonio if he could bring us to Santa Clara de Cobre, a small town I had learned about through Chef Oropeza’s cooking show, Haciendas de Mexico.

Antonio brought us to Casa Felicitas, a copper workshop where we given a free private class in coppersmith artistry.

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The work requires artistic talent as well as physical strength and the ability to withstand the high temperatures of the ovens.

The work requires artistic talent as well as physical strength and the ability to withstand the high temperatures of the ovens.

Casa Felicitas competes in an annual competition in Santa Clara. Of course, they have a shop where you can buy some of their beautiful, crafted pieces! I was excited to buy a copper pan for my kitchen back home. This was one of the items I was hoping to find.


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