Shea Mizuno handcrafts her jewelry out of precious metal and gemstones in a way that is unconventional, experimental and organic.
Shea began making jewelry after taking a Beginning Metalsmithing class as an elective her first semester at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she attended with the intention of majoring in photography. During this class, she instantly fell in love with the medium of metal. She found that allowing the material to react to forces such as flame, she was able to give up some control in what is traditionally a highly controlled craft. This let her dispel both negative and positive energy through her work, which she finds both therapeutic and cathartic. It lets her connect with, and understand, the natural chaotic tendencies of metal and the surrounding natural world.
All of her jewelry is completely handcrafted by herself, which gives her absolute artistic freedom, as she often works intuitively. Due to the melting techniques she has developed in her jewelry practice, many of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, and will always remain to be completely unique.
She currently lives outside of Boston, MA, and is a recent alumni of Massachusetts College of Art and Design with two degrees in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and History of Art.