Exhibiting Artist

Bean Broker

Copper, sterling silver, tin can, CZ, and 14k gold

3.5 x 3 x 5 inches

Photography and Video by Jason Dowdle

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I am an artist that often uses repurposed objects and materials in my work, and I love the idea of a challenge! As I thought about this piece and went through my carefully curated collection of tin cans I came upon a beautiful English coffee tin. With the materials in the kit and imagery from the tin, I imagined a brooch/locket for a Yemeni coffee broker. I found that fusing the silver mesh to the copper created a pattern reminiscent of the burlap bags used for shipping coffee beans. Using the imagery from the tin can as the surprise element for the interior, I also integrated the existing pattern on the can into the exterior design of the brooch. For a broker dealing in the finest coffee in the world or any coffee aficionado this brooch is a fitting adornment.


Marlene True is a metalsmith and Executive Director of Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, NC. Recent Exhibitions: Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. Collections: Museum of Art & Design, NY; Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; The Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. Recent publications: Little Dreams in Glass & Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, UNC Press.