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Canadian Mineral Artist Carly Waito (b. 1981)

Carly Waito holds a bachelor of design degree (2005) from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), but the initial focus of her art did not involve minerals. She and fellow artist Alissa Coe founded coe&waito in 2005, a successful ceramic art and design studio that “creates elegant porcelain and sculptural installations inspired by the natural world.” Since 2009, however, Waito's talents have been concentrated on “geology, geometry, and ideas of wonder and curiosity.” According to Waito, “The beauty, complexity, and structural logic of the natural world have been guiding themes in both my previous work as a ceramic artist and designer and in my more recent work as a painter.” Waito's interest during the past several years has been focused on geological subjects; of particular interest to the artist are tiny mineral specimens. “In their diversity, geometry, and the seemingly magical science of their origins,” Waito states, “these little objects fully embody the qualities I find curious and captivating about nature in general, and they have become the subject of a large, singularly focused body of work.”

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.


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