Shannon McGowan is a silversmith currently residing in the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. She is mainly self taught, and started out her journey of jewelry making with assemblages of scavenged bones and rusty objects found along the railroad tracks. As her style of work evolved, she decided it was time to take her skills to a more functional level. Apprenticing under a Shasta silversmith, Strong Medicine Studio, she began to learn the very basics of silver jewelry making. With time and lots of trial and error, her hobby of silversmithing slowly turned into a small business.
The railroad has played a big part in her life, and that is apparent in her style of work. A long lasting pastime of hers is walking along the railroad tracks in search of obscure objects to make jewelry out of. Her railroad inspired pieces typically include fragments of old dining car china plates that she found along the tracks. When she's not pulling long days at her jewelry bench, she spends time traveling around the country. Whether that be by train or truck, she's always on the look out for various railroad treasures to repurpose into silver jewelry.