finding frogs and other small metal things

Cindy Cantelon and Marshall Mar are a couple who create their lives together around art. Earthly Creatures is the name of their Etsy shop, and they also own and operate Copper Sky Gallery & Cafe Shop in Madeira Park, British Columbia. Many of their tiny sculptural works are cast in lead free pewter.  This selection consists of pieces that are fabricated as wearable art, brooches to be worn on clothing:

I think the casting process gives their work such a unique look – they beg to be touched. Cindy talks about her love for carving and forming wax, which is how the process for casting metal begins.  They draw inspiration from living close to nature, in the beautiful area of Pender Harbour, a tourist destination famous for spectacular coastal scenery and mild climate, close to Vancouver.

Marshall’s sculptural work with driftwood is beautifully balanced,blending natural materials with metal to create one of a kind art pieces:

In reading their shop biography, I came across many interesting tidbits about these artists.  They practice sustainability in their lives and work, growing an herb garden in the cafe’s back yard, utilizing locally grown food when in season, and serving only locally roasted organic fair trade coffees & teas. They have sold art pieces to Tommy Chong and Bob Dylan.

They sound like interesting people I would personally love to meet, living in an area I would love to visit.  I’m putting that on my list of things to do…

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