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Underwater Marvels Propel My Art

My art is an expression of gratitude to the ocean and my way of giving it a voice. I love the sea and understand the desire for mementos and jewelry which evoke vivid memories of beautiful scenes and experiences. My designs evoke the marvels of marine life and my underwater memories while leaving sea creatures and the seaside untouched.

I witness the fragility of marine ecosystems while SCUBA diving so I'm thoughtful about the materials and processes I use to create art.

To bring the Radiolaria series to life, I researched and built an eco friendly electrolytic system to breakthrough etch sterling silver using cupric nitrate and distilled water. The process results in reusable silver sludge and endlessly reusable etching solution. The Radiolaria series is based on Ernst Haeckel's 1862 drawings of radiolarian in the Straight of Messina.

How and why the sea has changed since Haeckel documented radiolarians is important for me to voice in the pieces.

When humans can see a creature, and notice it’s beauty, they are more likely to care for it’s habit and be concerned about it’s fate. Microscopic creatures face an uphill battle, so I magnified the scale of the Snowflake Coral polyp series and the radiolarians to attract human attention. Humans deconstruct nature to figure it out. I deconstructed the sea creatures into separate layers and then constructed them with industrially produced screws and bolts.


Sherry Cordova is a San Francisco Bay Area metalsmith who creates art as an expression of gratitude to the ocean and to give it a voice.



"Seaweed Wrap", Mind, Heart, Hand exhibition, 2013, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

"Collosphaera Huxleyi Muller Gigantus", Appropriated Adornment SNAG online exhibition 2017
"Radiolarian", Appropriated Adornment SNAG online exhibition 2017
"Eye of the Hurricane", Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World online Ganoksin exhibition, 2014

B.S. Applied Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

2007 Saul Bell International Design Award Finalist, Silver
2016 ENDANGERED: Art for Apes 2nd place Wearables

Society of North American Goldsmiths
Metal Arts Guild San Francisco
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

"Soul's Medal of Honor", Oakland Magazine Sept/Oct 2009
"Khanjar" letter opener, 500 Knives, Lark Books
"Eye of the Hurricane", 500 Pendants and Lockets, Lark Book
"Fraternal Triplets", The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry: A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques by Joanna Gollberg

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.