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Meet Angela Zancanaro of Metalsmith in Todos Santos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Zancanaro.

Angela, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was little I was always creating, building or drawing something. I knew I wanted to be an artist I just always thought I would be a painter. I went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study fine arts painting and drawing. Half way through the program I started to realize how much of the time in class was being spent as studio time. I believed that in school you should be learning new skills and techniques and after you graduate you can then perfect the skills you like. Frustrated with the painting program I took a semester to take a few electives from other majors, one being a beginning jewelry class. I instantly fell in love with metal and the many ways you can manipulate it. After that semester I switched my major to graduate with bachelors in Jewelry & Metal Arts and haven’t looked back since.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think starting a small business there is always going to be struggles. After spending 5 years in San Francisco I wanted to move someplace warm and friendly. I moved to Todos Santos, Mexico. It has been one of the most rewarding and also most frustrating experiences. Simple things like ordering supplies has become a task of finding the next person coming to visit to bring them to you since the mail system here is unreliable. I don’t even have a street address.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Angela Zancanaro Metalsmith story. Tell us more about the business.
Currently I am almost exclusively using silver for my designs, mainly because I love the process of reticulation. This process includes continually heating up the sterling silver to raise the fine silver to the surface to create a natural and unique texture. I think using this as a main technique sets me apart because in all honesty it is inefficient, a bit uncontrollable and sometimes the results are not aesthetically pleasing. I find it to be very therapeutic to just focus on not melting the piece.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the biggest shift will be starting to use gold witch I hope to start using in the next year or two. I would also like to do more art and statement pieces. I don’t want to grow so big that I don’t have a hand in the end products since this is what I fell in love with so much in the first place.

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Image Credit:
Photos by Jennica Lowell & Angela Zancanaro

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