The Faces of Metal

The Importance of Experiencing



I have a few tea caddies at home. One of them is a second-hand item of unknown origin, the other two are from a shop called Kaikado. The newer one that is made of copper was a gift from a friend, the other one that is made of tin is my husband’s collectible. Although I am not sure of which year it was made, it is very likely to be one of the earliest items produced by Kaikado. Every piece of Kaikado product gets oxidized after prolonged usage. Regardless of the material, the color of the originally shiny surface would slowly fade away. The copper canny is now brownish, the tin canny has turned from silver to dark gray. People love Kaikado for how their products change color. (Of course, people also love the impressive craftsmanship of Kaikado; it is always a satisfying moment looking at the lid gently slides downward.)

I was earlier obsessed with objects that would transform with age, but then I realized that be it copper or tin, the change in their temperaments is pretty predictable. On the contrary, pottery and iron would change in various ways largely depending on its usage and the climate. If this is the case, why don’t we simply speed up the so-called aging process during manufacturing, so as to present them in the condition that the artisans find most optimum? This is perhaps the adorable nature of crafts. Artisans do not hold strong opinions like artists. Instead of defining which is the most beautiful state, they would rather leave it for the owners to experience the charisma of the item’s every single stage.