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This champagne-tinted copper teapot made by Fuukidou using the Tsubame-tsuiki technique captures succinctly the modest beauty of Tsuiki Copperware. From a single sheet of copper, the pot was given its form by repetitive hammering. This ancient yet meticulous technique is often passed from father to son and takes years to master. Each copperware thus reflects not only the dedication of the individual craftsman, but they also hold treasured familial memories. This is what truly makes Tsubame-tsuiki Copperware like this glow.
“For creators and users, craftsmanship is part of our daily lives.”
Takeshi Fujii was born in Tsubame-shi, Niigata. After graduating from Tsubame High School, he stays in the same town as the third-generation successor of Fuukidou.
Since Takeshi Fujii was a kid, he had been helping his family with the business. After his graduation in 1994, he joined a local copperware workshop, Gyokusendo to kick start his career, mainly responsible for annealing, plating on tin surfaces and imprinting logos. Takeshi returned to Fuukidou in 1996.
He always makes full use of the material and, while incorporating traditional techniques with advanced technology. He pursues the beauty of practicality and produces attractive copperware in soft and simple shapes that increases warmth with each use.