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It’s Cool to go to School

I am featured in an article on Northern Arizona University’s web site. Thanks, NAU!

Matagi Sorensen at work. photo: Holly Troy
Matagi Sorensen at work. photo: Holly Troy

Since I have a degree in art (BFA with a concentration in Metalsmithing) and am making art and jewelry for my living, Northern Arizona University asked if they could write a profile about me for their Difference that Matters page.  They were interested in how I decided to go to NAU and about the Whiteman Scholarship for Fine Art that I received. I was honored and excited, so of course, I said, “yes!”

Last summer, a journalist and student film makers came to the Verde Valley and interviewed me while I worked. Man, it was over 100 degrees on those days—whew—and no air conditioning, but it was fun. We filmed some on Jerome, too (that was before Zen Mountain Gallery began showing my work), since I wanted to show the film makers a view of what used to be Yavapai-Apache land.

Now there is a big picture of me on the top of NAU’s homepage and a link to a pretty nice article called Iron Will and a video about my work and my experience at NAU. It feels kind of weird to be featured like this, but cool, too!

Here’s the video:

All in all, school was a pretty great experience. I am so glad I went—at some point I might even go to grad school. It’s a good time to work hard and get support for your ideas, and be around people who have the same interests. No matter what you’re interested in, college is worth going to—you never know where it will lead.

Thanks, NAU!

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Summer News! Recognition in National Competition

Silver Jewelry Designer Honored in National Competition 

Phoenix, Arizona – August 14, 2012 – Local jewelry designer Matagi Sorensen was recently honored as a Top 5 Finalist in a national competition for emerging jewelry designers. The Halstead Grant program, sponsored by jewelry supply wholesaler Halstead Bead Inc., awards cash grants and valuable business plan assistance to jewelry entrepreneurs.

Inspired by nature and the diverse geology of Northern Arizona, Matagi’s jewelry has an intuitive, organic feel and quality. He juxtaposes classic Native American techniques, such as shadow box design, with modern form to create elegant, high-end, hand-crafted silver jewelry that may be worn from the most casual to the most upscale settings.

Upon learning he was honored as a Halstead Grant program Top 5 finalist, Matagi said, “I love being an artist, there is nothing else I would be happy doing. It’s really encouraging to be recognized in this way!”

Liking the practicality of portable art, Sorensen began designing jewelry in college, and was hooked when his work started selling during his first semester as a metalsmith student. Since then, his work has been in several juried shows, including the Southwest Indian Arts Fair; he was awarded the Whiteman Family Endowment for the Arts Scholarship; and his work has been featured in magazines, the most recent a bracelet chosen by the Society of North American Goldsmiths for a full-page ad in South Scottsdale Magazine.

Matagi’s work can be found in art galleries in the southwest and throughout the country as well as online at his blog, Sorensen Silver Fine Art or his online shop, Matagi Fine Art. Retail prices for sterling and fine silver items range from $28 to $2500.00.

Sorensen was chosen as a finalist out of a highly competitive field of submissions from designers all over the United States. “Matagi’s line consists of beautifully crafted pieces of fine jewelry that blend traditional Southwestern jewelry elements with a new contemporary aesthetic” said competition judge Hilary Scott.

Entrants in the competition were required to submit a jewelry portfolio and business plan details. The program is designed to support the dreams of talented jewelry artisans and encourage sound business practices as they build their small businesses. Detailed results and more information on the award are available at

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SNAG and South Scottsdale Magazine

I am so excited! Dana Singer, the Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), just informed me that she liked my work so much that she used my gold and silver cocktail bracelet for a full page ad in South Scottsdale Magazine for the SNAG Trunk Show that I will be in at the end of May!

The ad is on page 9!

Here is info for the trunk show:
2nd Annual Society of North American Goldsmith’s Trunk Show
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 12:30-2:30pm

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