Category: About Us
Copper Crafting by Hand
Aug. 26, 2015 About Us

Masterful, meticulous, deliberate—these three words describe Thompson Traders coppersmiths. Each maker is a master craftsman in Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, an historic coppersmithing region. Each copper vessel is hand-hammered, creating a unique product that celebrates the area’s legacy, expertise and artistry. Thompson Traders coppersmiths dedicate hours, days and sometimes weeks to create one-of-a-kind vessels […]

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Alejandra Ochoa de Thompson: The Creative Visionary Behind the Brand
May. 7, 2015 About Us

Alejandra Ochoa de Thompson, founder and creative visionary of Thompson Traders, grew up in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, located in the bucolic countryside of southwest Mexico. Patzcuaro is a town of tile-roofed adobe Colonial homes and mansions with courtyards and balconies filled with begonia, geraniums, bougainvilleas, tiger lilies, azaleas and hydrangeas. Cobblestone streets lead from the center of town to […]

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Coppersmithing: A Centuries-Old Craft Lives On
May. 7, 2015 About Us

Coppersmithing is one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back 60 centuries by some estimates. In Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico, the native P’urhépecha were considered the world’s most advanced metallurgists of pre-Hispanic times. With skills honed and passed on since the 16th century, 82 percent of the population continues to work in copper crafting […]

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Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico: A History Built on Copper
May. 7, 2015 About Us

On sunny days there is a distinctive orange glow around the town square of Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico. It is the reflection from the copper wares hanging outside the shops, of the copper kettle suspended from the top of the kiosk that marks the town center and from the pillars, roofs and architectural adornments […]

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