The grand prize winner at Santa Clara's copper competition. The grand prize winner at Santa Clara's copper competition.

Hammered copper competition awards prizes to artisans in Michoacán

There were 561 pieces submitted for judging at the 76th annual event

The copper artisans of a Magical Town in Michoacán were celebrated last week with the 76th hammered copper competition, where 80 prizes were handed out to artisans who submitted 561 pieces for judging.

Medals and prize money totaling 440,000 pesos (US $22,000) were awarded to the winners, whose work was on display with that of all 244 artisans last week at the Copper Museum in Santa Clara del Cobre.

An elaborate centerpiece was the grand prize winner, earning a gold medal for José Sergio Velázquez García.

Santa Clara, located an hour from the capital Morelia, is a Purépecha town whose inhabitants mined and worked with copper in pre-Hispanic times.

After the Conquest, they were encouraged to continue creating copper crafts by Spanish Bishop Vasco de Quiroga and the town became synonymous with the production of copper goods throughout the colonial period.

Award-winning pieces at this year’s copper competition

Photos by Michoacán Institute of the Artisan

copper bowl

copper sculpture

copper jug

copper jug

copper art

copper art

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