Artisan family struggles to maintain a family tradition

Several months ago I introduced you to the Machado family of artisan coppersmiths. I marveled at the intricate workmanship and technical proficiency of their craft and I gushed on and on about the beauty of their work. The family is opening a studio/showroom on Simon Bolivar, across from Parque Calderon and next door to the Gobernacion del Azuay gallery. Marco Machado lived among the metal workers — a craft honed by his father and grandfather who supported their family by making keychains, incidentals, and “objects d’arts” in the combination gallery/studio/living room. The children would play while their father, Carlos, worked,…

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