South of Patzcuaro (see map) is one of those artisan towns that stems from the time of Quiroga leading the people towards Utopia. This whole community is based upon the production of copper, which after watching a film about it, we discovered that it really takes a community. The melting, the hammering, quartering, hammering, cutting, hammering again. They hammer in rhythm to thin it out. Eventually it is pounded into a piece of copper an artisan can start designing or cutting to his/her particular artistic expression.
Most of the copper ware stores are concentrated around the town plaza, so that’s where we focused. But that meant the aroma of fresh pizza was wafting out of a store, and we succumbed yet again to pizza, justifying it as my (Karen’s) Birthday meal, particularly since Layne was going to be missing my birthday by only 1 day. We chose to celebrate it together.