Out of the Fire

Metalworkers along the Salish Sea

By (author): Pirjo Raits
By (photographer): Dale Roth, Michele Ramberg
ISBN 9781772033434
Softcover | Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Book Dimensions: 11 in. x 8.5 in.
224 Pages

About the Book

A stunning art book featuring twenty-three west coast artists and craftspeople who work in metal as their primary medium.

Out of the Fire: Metalworkers along the Salish Sea is a breathtaking celebration of a diverse group of contemporary artists and artisans, who explore the creative possibilities of an ancient medium. From sculptors to farriers, forgers to blacksmiths, jewellers to metalsmiths, and weapons makers to welders, the twenty-three people featured in this book reflect the wide range of talent, skill, and ingenuity that exists on Canada’s southwest coast.

Miran Elbakyan captures movement and whimsicality in his Surrealist-inspired sculptures. Nycki Samuels earned the moniker “Tough Tiny Welder” on the road to artistic freedom, as she fought her way through the male-dominated world of industrial metalwork. Ts’uts’umutl Luke Marston began making jewellery when he was still a teenager, honing the skills of his craft at the same time as he was learning about the imagery and oral narratives of the Coast Salish Peoples. Combining a love of technology, fashion, and the industrial arts, Bev Petow has the remarkable ability to transform cold, hard steel into delicate-looking dresses. With over one hundred spectacular colour and black-and-white photographs of the artists and their works, this book is a stunning behind-the-scenes look at those who choose fire as their tool and metal as their raw material.

About the Author(s)

Pirjo Raits is an award-winning, editor, journalist, and freelance writer, whose work has appeared in Soar, Boulevard, and Tweed magazines as well as several Black Press publications. She has won numerous national and provincial newspaper awards for her stories and photographs. Raits was editor of the Sooke News Mirror for ten years, before retiring in 2015.

Dale Roth and Michele Ramberg established Roth and Ramberg Photography in 1993. Since then, they have amassed an impressive roster of clients, specializing in portraits of people in their own environments. Their commercial clients include Bayer, BCIT, Bechtel, Bell, Calgary Zoo, Dupont, Enbridge, and Honda. In 2017, Roth and Ramberg were honoured by the Applied Arts Awards, in the Complete Calendar, Sports, and Portrait Photography categories.