After climbing the Great Wall we visited a shop that created Chinese Copper Vases. We had just witnessed our first Chinese street vendors, so while we walked in we joked we could probably buy one of these vases for about 20RMB. We were so wrong as so much work and detail goes into each piece of art. The amount of work that goes into each vase was absolutely amazing and insane. First cooper pieces for the vases are tied together and fired to create the vase. Next they would finely adhere cooper wire to the outside of the vase to create a pattern. This looked like it would take so much detail, patience, and talent. There is no way in the world my big clumsy fingers would ever be able to do anything nearly as beautiful as these workers created. Next color powder was added to the fill in these patters. The would do something like 8 to 10 coats to make the color. I believe the vases we're also fired multiple times.
The amount of work that is put into each piece of pottery was amazing. This reminded me of my Dad as he is an Art major and is extremely talented at creating clay pottery. He can create a bowl on a spinning wheel so fast. This was like what he creates on crack. The steps to creating copper and clay pottery are fairly similar, but the cooper takes much much more attention to detail and hours of labor.