Tell us about yourself!
I am KT Hancock, a metal and glass artist currently residing in Seattle. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Working as a toolmaker & fabricator at Spiral Arts, an adjunct instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and focusing on my own artistic career keeps me pretty busy! I began working in glass as an apprentice in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin to Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard. I currently work with a fantastic team consisting of Brent Rogers, Taylor Ames, Will Miller, and Karsten Oaks. There would be no work without them!
What themes do you pursue in your work?
I believe there is a correlation between the feminine identity and gemstones. These similarities stem from a history of adornment and preconceived notions of beauty. A direct relationship can be found within the language that describes both women and gems as having “cleavage.” The cleavage of a woman is naturally formed adornment that breaks the plane of the torso. The cleavage of a gemstone refers to the tendency of the crystal to break cleanly along distinct planes. By using an object seen on the body of a woman, rather than the body itself, we are able to look past this surface definition of the gemstone, but retain its fundamental significance.
There is an inherent sexual tension between the process revolving around the bubble and box. It should not be overlooked that the word ‘box’ is slang for female genitalia. The making process of bubble and box directly corresponds to a primal urge for copulation and procreation. Within the realm of the work, you are able to witness this primal and instinctive process of being inserted into a box. This box takes the form of a cage designed to hold a superficial significance. This overtly recognizable jewel is relative to an unrealistic societal expectation of the female body, of my body and my mind.
What is your dream project?
My dream project would be an installation. I can imagine creating a world for the viewer, instead of a pedestal piece. I would love to create an atmosphere instead of a singular piece. After all, who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by jewels?
Why are you a member of GAS?
I am a member of GAS because I am a member of the field of glass. GAS provides opportunities for networking and strengthens community – something paramount in art and craft. The GAS conferences are always a blast and the friendships are lifelong.
See more of KT's work here