Cloisonne is the art of applying enamel of all colours to
the surface of a copper or bronze object, which is then fired to become a bright
and colourful work of art. This technique reached its' perfection as a result of
the efforts of Chinese artisans. Chinese cloisonne there upon became the
standard by which to measure the quality and appraise the beauty of cloisonne
world wide. This ranks as one of China's major contributions to the world's fine
Stage 1 The meticulous process begins with a gentle hammering to shape an
unbreakable solid brass core.
Stage 2 Then an intricate design is formed using a
precise copper wire netting.
Stage 3 Next, chosen colours of enamel are bonded to the core and fired in
the kiln. The fire process hardens the finish and smooths the finish to
Stage 4 This step is repeated several times to enhance the beauty and
durability of the design. The hand laid enamel is unique to each
Stage 5 The urn is then gently hand-scored and polished for a smooth
surface further exposing the fine copper / bronze wire accentuating
the overall appearance.
Stage 6 Lastly, the urn is gilded to protect the brass from rust, as well
as to create a lasting and bright shining finish. These urns are all
individually unique and of fine