Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Vacant Necklace
Kat Cole is a metalsmith who works in jewelry and sculpture. Her artist statement:
I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique. I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present. Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.
Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX. Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University. She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany. Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.
This piece, called the Vacant Necklace, is steel and enamel and is available online at Mora Collection; it sells for USD$1,800.