made in portland, oregon and maui, hawaii
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.
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