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made in portland, oregon and maui, hawaii


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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 when I thought it might be fun to take the ring-making workshop being offered that summer. 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. Tom convinced me to changed my major. I did and never looked back.

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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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