The Bronze Age was the first period in which metal was known to be used by humans, in tools and household items. It is a major marker in the journey of human civilization. Not only were our ancestors clamoring for durable metal goods, but they also loved the beauty of these metals and alloys. Bronze is made by melding copper and tin together which then creates a new metal that is harder than either of it components. In all the places on Earth where Bronze Age relics and remains are found, it was the rulers who used bronze, as a luxury for themselves or as a weapon for their armies.
The hallmarks of the Bronze Age were an organized workforce and skilled craftsmen. Many bronze pieces that have been unearthed are ornate and heavy, suggesting both a high level of technology and pride of workmanship. Bronze items found from the Chinese Bronze Age show intricate and fascinating designs that clearly demonstrate these artists were obsessed with real and imaginary animal forms. Unlike other cultures where bronze was first used chiefly for tools and weapons, in China this alloy of copper and tin was reserved for the manufacture of majestic vessels that played central roles in state ritual and ancestor worship. Representing the wealth and power of the rulers, these ritual utensils show the highest degree of technical and artistic craftsmanship in early Chinese civilization.
In our current day and age, there is a movement to bring both beauty and elements of nature back into our homes. Metal Tile Technology (MTT) is at the forefront of this movement. MTT is an innovator, creating artistic durable metal tiles made of high quality metals that add a unique beauty to kitchens, baths, and just about anywhere tile can be utilized. MTT has taken a timeless craft and made it modern and fresh. With inspiration from the ancient craftsmen of the original Bronze Age, we strive to create a resurgence of this most noble metalworking.
“We believe that what something is made of is as important as it’s form and function.” Peter Manickas III