Shannon Ordaz holds a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making from Bowling Green State University and graduated in 2006. 

Her artwork is influenced by the orderly yet chaotic forms found in nature; inspired by the textures of rough granite, tree bark, and sandstone. ​She manipulates metal to reflect such surfaces, i.e. reticulation, fusing and hammered textures. She also draws inspiration from her studies in geology, astronomy and mythology.



I began metalsmithing and jewelry making in the summer of 2003. I was a psychology major at Bowling Green State University. I thought it might be fun to take a ring-making workshop. The workshop was instructed by renowned metalsmith, Thomas Muir. My first ring was made of sterling silver and titled “Grass Ring”; it had a wide band shank with a small round cup on top with live grass inside. From that point on, I was hooked. I loved the creative potential of metal. Soldering became a sort of passion of mine. I immediately changed my major and never looked back.


2019 Hui No'eau Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2018 Art Maui 2018

2018 Hui No'eau Annual Juried Art Exhibition

2006 The Medici Circle permanent collection, BGSU School of Art

2006 Bachelor's of Fine Arts Exhibition winner

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