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Hancock’s explorations of adornment can be found through the creation of jewels and jewelry-like objects. Adornment of the body has been under investigation through centuries of making. It is this mark of preciousness, beauty, sexuality and esteemed value within the pieces that draw the audience and maker in. The repetition of these shapes through history has perpetuated the cultural identity of gemstones being something of high value. There is an inherent preciousness in the forms of gemstones that is highlighted by these encased glass objects. Through the isolation of a cultural obsession of gemstones and their contributions to status, this work is a study on what Hancock believes to be valuable. Hancock’s work takes a more utilitarian approach to objects and their value and focuses on the principles of object reconstruction and fabrication. Within this, the functional value of an object is completely removed. This kind of display of an object alters the perception of the viewer by removing any sort of original value, and replaces it with a value of materials and charged sentimental recognition. Through the use of steel structures, the glass conforms to the general cage shape. However, there are moments where the glass pillows outwards, distorting and manipulating the general contour of the gemstone. The use of glass and metal is metaphorical for life and its preciousness. The metal cage creates a structure to support the encased glass, but also endangers the glass that is within it. The steel structures create guidelines for the glass to inhabit and provide moments of strength. When the glass breaks through the contours of the cage, the blown out areas display moments of fragility. It is the contrast between these two elements that Hancock finds the most exciting and relative to the life we live. Two atoms in a molecule inseparably combined.

KT Hancock is an artist based out of Seattle, Washington. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Hancock studies themes of adornment within her work. Upon graduation, Hancock began her career as a metal’s specialist and glass/metal lighting designer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was during this time that Hancock began her assistantship at Cergol Forge and began forging steel. It was shortly after that Hancock attended Pilchuck Glass School for the first time and ignited her love of glass. After receiving scholarship, Hancock continued her education at Penland School of Crafts in the Ironworking and Woodworking studios and moved on to apprentice at Cherrywood Flameworking studio in Austin, Texas. Upon completion of her apprenticeship, Hancock moved to begin fabricating for Smith Shop Detroit. During this time in Detroit, Hancock fabricated architectural glass and metal lighting fixtures while assisting with production blacksmithing. Currently Hancock is working as the toolmaker for Spiral Arts, adjunct instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center and is the founder of Velvet Nugget Studios.

 

KT HANCOCK

706 29th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122                                 KTHancockArtist@gmail.com          (206) 707-5470                   KTHancock.com

 

EDUCATION

2018                            Kiln Forming Student, Morgan Madison, Pratt Fine Arts Center

2017                            Coldworking Fundamentals Student, Morgan Peterson, Pratt Fine Arts Center

2015                            Forging Fundamentals Student, Andy Dohner, Penland School of Crafts

                                    Fresh Approaches to Form Student, Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen, Penland School of Crafts

2012                            Bachelor of Fine Arts Recipient, Double Concentration in Metalsmithing and Sculpture,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2018-2016                  Instructor: Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

  • Instruct students on the fundamentals of flatware and ornamental forging techniques
  • Instruct students on cage making techniques

2018-2015                                     Toolmaker / Fabricator: Spiral Arts, Seattle, WA

  • Work on the production of glassblowing equipment and tools

Wood and Metals Shop Coordinator: Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA

  • Assisted students and campus personnel on various wood and metal fabrication techniques and practices

2018-2013                                     Principal: Velvet Nugget Studios, Seattle, WA

2015                            Studio Technician / Metal Fabrication: Smith Shop Detroit, Detroit, MI

  • Assisted in production of lighting, design and fabrication of objects

Student Scholarship Recipient: Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

  • Forging Fundamentals, Andy Dohner, Spring Concentration 2015

Student Scholarship Recipient: Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville, NC

  • Fresh Approaches to Form, Wood Working, Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen, Summer Session 2

Flameworking Assistant, Cherrywood Glassworks, Austin, TX

  • Assisted in the production of wares for the Armadillo Art Glass Initiative Project

Forging Volunteer, Fire on the Mountain Blacksmithing Festival, Spruce Pine, NC

  • Assisted beginners in forging objects during the festival

Forging Assistant: Cergol Forge, Milwaukee, WI

  • Assist in production of hand-forged hammers

2015-2013                   Metals Specialist: Innovative Prototyping & Product Development, Milwaukee, WI

  • Industrial Design
  • Metal & Glass Fabrication

2014                            Poleturner: Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

  • Assisted in production of 2014 Auction Centerpiece Project production
  • Product Design & Fabrication

2013                           Poleturner: Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

  • Assisted in production of 2013 Auction Centerpiece Project production

Production Gaffer: Square One Art Glass Studio, Milwaukee, WI

  • Great Lakes Distillery Absinth Brouille Production

Apprentice & Assistant Gaffer: Soulshine Arts Glass Studio, Cedarburg, WI

  • Assisted in making production work for the gallery and studio
  • Assisted in glassblowing classes

2012                            Head Creative: Local Playlist, Milwaukee, WI

  • Graphic Design
  • Curator

Silver & Bronze Casting Instructor: UWM Arts and Craft Centre, Milwaukee, WI

  • Instructed students on techniques relative to centrifuge casting and safety

                                                      Glass Blowing & Sculpting Instructor: UWM Arts and Craft Centre, Milwaukee, WI

  • Instructed students on glass flameworking techniques

Glass Blowing & Casting Apprentice: Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard, Popelka-Trenchard Glass, Sturgeon Bay, WI

  • Assisted in hot glass casting and production glassblowing
  • Attended to the gallery

                                                      Production Jeweler Intern: Angela Lensch, Plum Bottom Pottery, Egg Harbor, WI

  • Assisted in the production jewelry line, Project India

                                                      Studio Intern: Michael Dale Bernard, Forming Class, UWM, Milwaukee WI

  • Assisted in production jewelry fabrication & studio maintenance

2012-2010                                     Studio Technician Assistant and Monitor: UWM Sculpture Lab, Milwaukee, WI

  • Assisted in general studio maintenance & assisted introductory students

2011                                        Teaching Assistant: Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Intro to Jewelry and Metalsmithing, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

  • Assisted introductory students on proper safety protocol and assisted introductory students

2010-2009                                   Lab Monitor: UWM Jewelry and Metalsmithing Assistant, Milwaukee WI

  • Assisted introductory students on the completion of their projects

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2011                             Elsa Ulbricht Memorial Scholarship, Junior Scholarship Award, Peck School of the Arts, UWM. Milwaukee, WI
Crossing Over, Scholarship Recipient, Union Art Gallery, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

                                    2nd Place, Goundie Award, Student Recipient, UWM Sculpture Area, Milwaukee, WI

2nd Place, Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Competition, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI

 

EXHIBITIONS/PUBLICATIONS

2018                            Glasstastic, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Making our Mark, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

2017                            Red Hot Gala, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Pilchuck Annual Auction Gala. Seattle, WA

Artful Evening, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA

Glass Art Society Maker Publication, Glass Art Society, USA
Marking Our Mark: Pratt Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
Exhibitions in Print, The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

Bellevue Art and Craft Show, Bellevue, WA

Friday Night DeLights, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

Urban Smiths Showcase, Hybrid Architecture in correspondence with Capital Hill Art-walk, Capital Hill, Seattle, WA

Lighting Up Spring, The Island Gallery Showcase, Bainbridge Island, WA

Budding Out: New Work by Gallery Artists, The Island Gallery Showcase, Bainbridge Island, WA

The Feminine Divine, True Love Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Art and Home Collaborative Exhibition, Sotheby’s, Redmond, WA

2016                            Art and Home Collaborative Exhibition, Sotheby’s, Woodinville, WA

Pilchuck Staff Show, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

Equinox 10th Anniversary Show, Georgetown, Seattle, WA

2015                            Pilchuck Staff Show, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

2014                            Annual Pilchuck Auction Gala, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

                                    Sculptural Capstone Exhibition, Arts Center Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Gallery Night & Day, Third Ward, Milwaukee, WI

Maker Faire Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

CAVT Collective Presents Softly, Dear!, Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

2013                            Metals! 2013 Juried Student Exhibition, Kenilworth Studios, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

Holding Place Permanent Online Exhibition, https://www.ganoksin.com/
Environmental Art Show
, Concordia Center for Environmental Stewardship, Mequon, WI,

2012                            Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Inova/Arts Center Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

                                    Drink for the Hungry Fundraiser, Tonic Tavern, Milwaukee, WI

                                    Object Trunk Show, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

                                    Object Jewelry Showcase, Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Funfetti Gallery Exhibition, Jackpot Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

Tool of our Hand, in conjunction with The Tool at Hand, MAM After Dark, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Metals! 12 Juried Student Exhibition, Mary Nohl Art Galleries, Zelazo Center, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

Object Student Exhibition, Kenilworth Open Studios, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

2011                             Crossing Over, Scholarship Recipient, Union Art Gallery, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

Junior Scholarship Competition, Inova Arts Center, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

Metals! 11 Juried Student Exhibition, Mary Nohl Art Galleries, Zelazo Center, UWM, Milwaukee, WI, Juror: Lena Vigna, Racine Art Museum

Object Student Exhibition, Kennilworth Open Studios, UWM, Milwaukee, WI

                                                      Winter Carnival, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

                                                      Vetri Glass Gallery, Seattle, WA

The Island Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA

Gumps, San Fransisco, CA

Pilchuck Gallery, Seattle, WA

 

RESIDENCIES

                                                      Featured Artist Residency, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.