Lupine Cottage Artisans David & Loretta Sopiel Dow, Sopiel’s Sea Feathers
Meet Lupine Artisans David and Loretta Sopiel Dow
Owners of Sopiel’s Sea Feathers
Sopiel’s Sea Feathers is a native American jewelry enterprise created by Loretta Sopiel Dow and her husband, David. Sea Feathers jewelry is notable for its’ simple, yet elegant designs that integrate individually gathered sea pebbles, sea shells, and sea glass—with the finest silver, bronze, brass, copper, genuine leather and gold-filled findings and necklace materials available worldwide.
Our Sea Feathers are made by hand and are one of a kind. No two are alike as each sea stone, shell or piece of sea glass has its own spirit and personality therefore requiring individual attention and design. This characteristic of our pieces is what makes them intriguing, very personal, and a boundless joy and privilege to create. They speak to us and our clients!
Dave and Loretta reside at Sipayik (Pleasant Point), Maine. Sipayik (pronounced SUE-BUY-IK) is one of three, first nation reservations, that are located within the ancient homeland of the Passamaquoddy people—the Bay of Fundy region. Passamaquoddy (meaning the people who spear pollack) have called this place home for thousands of years. The Passamaquoddy are a part of the Wabanaki Alliance (people of the dawn), Algonquin speaking eastern woodland native Americans, residing in New England and the Maritime provinces of Canada.
Dave and Loretta also call Hatteras Island, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, home as well. They spend most of the winter months gathering some of the areas bountiful sea shell varieties including wampum. (Wampum is the white and purple quahog shell fragments once used as a form of currency and for recording tribal laws, treaties, and other notable events by native American tribes along the Atlantic coast.)
OUR SEA STONES, SEA SHELLS, AND SEA GLASS ARE INDIVIDUALLY SOURCED FROM THE ATLANTIC SHORES OF THE ROCKBOUND BAY OF FUNDY AND THE SANDY BEACHES OF THE OUTER BANKS