Spotlight Friday – Affirmations in Metal

Visiting Artist – Shannon Sunderland
Friday, September 5th, 2-4pm
Free event!


Shannon Sunderland loves to say things in metal! She’s a passionate artist who is drawn to the “old soul” in things that are rough-hewn and worn, and she delights in teaching others about metalsmithing. Shannon believes strongly in the power of affirmations, especially when they’re stamped on metal and worn as jewelry. The constant movement of the charms provides a subconscious message that empowers the wearer. Artistically, Shannon is inspired by the concept of wabi-sabi, a Japanese word that, loosely translated, means the beauty found in the imperfect and impermanent.


Shannon is based here in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. Besides her two boys and metalsmithing, she loves dancing, cooking, eating, roller skating, and has the loudest laugh you’ve probably ever heard. She is one of the founders of Hot Mama Designs and Swoon Jewelry in Louisville, Colorado. Her new venture is teaching art classes at studios nationally and internationally. She also loves coming up with new projects to teach at girlfriend, night-in parties – riotous fun!

We’re happy to invite you to Shannon’s FREE Visiting Artist event at Two Hands Paperie on Friday, September 5th from 2:00-4:00pm. Drop in to catch a portion of the event or stay the entire time. Shannon will give a presentation on her inspiration, metal smithing, her personal work, and her upcoming class on September 13th. Her artwork will also be on display to view and inspire you.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own artwork. With Shannon’s guidance, participants will learn a simple stamping technique and will create their own copper charm. String it onto a ribbon or add it to an existing piece of jewelry!

Want to know more? Visit her website for more photos and information about Shannon, or sign up to take her class at Two Hands Paperie on September 13th!

Check out our fall calendar for a full listing of classes and events, including more Visiting Artists.