Ocean Springs Series #3 Cloisonne Ornament
- 24k gold plated
- Design concept by Ocean Springs Mercantile owner Susan Hagan, designed in Texas by Kitty Keller
- Depicting Ocean Springs bayous with sandhill crane, pelican & alligator
- Made by highly trained artisans in China
- Comes in a gift box with cleaning & care instructions
Cloisonné is an ancient art form that was introduced to China by western travelers in the 14th century. The word cloisonné means to compartmentalize or create different cells, and it applies to both the process and the medium.
First, artisans bend wire strips by hand to form the patterns that make up the design. The wires are then soldered onto the copper form which has been molded to create the desired shape of the ornament. Each cell is inlaid with enamels to achieve the desired colors, then fired at very high temperatures. The ornaments are then cooled, polished, and 24k gold plated.
The ornaments are made by highly trained artisans in villages throughout China that specialize in the art of cloisonné.