Bonnie C. Gordon
My life long love of the ocean began as a child when many of our family vacations involved a trip to the beach – South Padre Island, TX, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, Jekyll Island, GA, Hilton Head, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Nags Head, NC to name a few.
When I was twelve, my dad, a retired Air Force officer, moved our family to Indialantic, Florida, a small beach town on a barrier island off the east coast of Florida.
After years of beachcombing, I started making jewelry for myself out of my finds and later consigned jewelry at a local gift shop.
Over the years, I’ve taken classes in wirework, metalwork, casting and precious metal clay and have incorporated those techniques into my jewelry. It’s a long way from making holes in shells with the tip of a craft knife and several trips to the base hospital for stitches.
I met my husband, an Arizona native, at the University of Florida. When we moved to Phoenix for work, I packed up all of my beach treasures and brought them with me. My husband often says that he got me out of Florida, but there’s no getting the beach out of me. Consequently, we have visited beaches in the Bahamas, Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand, Greece, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland and Spain.
My creative inspiration continues to come from nature and the outdoors. Much to my family’s consternation, I often can be found picking up leaves, seed pods, flowers, and feathers wherever we are – Washington, D.C., London, Barcelona. With every piece of jewelry I make, I ask myself, “Would I like to wear this?” For that reason, I only use “natural” materials in my jewelry – gemstones, precious metals, silk... But I can’t wear it all, and I still have a passion to make it, which brings us to this web site!
Marooned Crab Creations has a "no kill" seashell policy, meaning that we do not take shells that have critters living inside them.
In fact, we are a very environmentally friendly company.