Kristin Mitsu Shiga is a metalsmith who has played a variety of roles in the arts since 1992.
As a maker, Kristin pursues projects that tell a story and actively engage her audience. She is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaborations, including the EMMA International Collaboration in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CollaboratioNZ in Whangarei, New Zealand and the Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration.
Kristin has shown her work internationally, and is included in several notable collections, including the Kamm Artful Teapot Collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. You will find her work published in numerous books and magazines, including Art Jewelry Today, The Art of Enameling, Metalsmith’s 2017 Exhibition in Print, and several of Lark’s 500 Series books. Learn more about Kristin’s past work on Oregon Artbeat (segment originally aired in 2010).
From a long line of educators, Kristin values her role as teacher above all and has had the opportunity to teach at venues all over the US including Penland, Arrowmont and Haystack schools of craft. In addition to her personal practice, she has established successful metals programs in New York, Oregon, and right up the road at Donkey Mill Art Center.
Kristin recently opened ‘Okina Jewelry, a teaching studio and jewelry gallery located behind Gypsea Gelato & Strawberry Patch in Kealakekua. She is committed to creating thoughtfully designed, handcrafted jewelry using sustainably-sourced materials to be treasured for generations. Each of her designs strives to capture the spirit of Hawai‘i in the form of modern wearable art. ‘Okina also offers limited private instruction for all ages and abilities in a variety of metalsmithing and enameling techniques.
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