Kat Cole

"I am inspired by the places I have lived. I look to the landscapes, architecture, industrial factories, and domestic spaces of my personal history--a total of eight states--to find forms, colors, textures, and materials to include in my work. For me, this creates a direct connection between art objects and the places I have called home. "

Kat Cole is a jeweler and a sculptor. The references to industrial forms, architecture, cartography, and landscape are all subtly present in her work. Cole seeks a connection to the places she has lived and uses her creative studio practice as a tool. Each piece is an insight into the journey to find "home."

Steel and enamel and used prominently in Kat Cole's work. Using steel in jewelry allows the work to be both light and durable. The technique of fusing finely ground glass (also called enamel) onto the surface of the metal using a 1400 degree temperature kiln gives the work a unique surface color and texture.

Kat Cole received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Virgina Commonwealth University and a master's degree with a focus in metals and jewelry from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Detritus, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, USA, 2014
Schmuck Contemporary Jewelry Exhibiton, Handwerk Expo, Munich, Germany , 2014
Wear it or Not, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, 2013
Alchemy2 International Juried Enamel Exhibition- Best in Show, Carniege Art Center, Covington, KY, USA, 2013
Best in Show Purchase Award, Maria V. Howard Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC USA, 2010
Perment Collection, Rotasa Foundation , San Francisco, CA USA, 2013
Perment Collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, 2012
Coorporate Collection , Fidelity Bank Collection, Durham, NC USA, 2013