Hannah Oatman fell in love with Jewelry while attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and completed her BFA at SUNY New Paltz in 2017. She has exhibited in various national and international exhibitions and worked as a studio assistant for esteemed metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
In this series, intensely saturated planes play off of each other, allowing separate hues to reverberate and dematerialize into a field of color. Subtle forms and carefully arranged layers invite the viewer to explore the surface before investigating supporting armatures. The enameled elements, while seemingly coarse, provoke a sense of preciousness. The resulting collages are playful and curious, urging the viewer to handle and consider them as objects first, and then as engaging adornment.
Hannah is the 1st Jewelry Edition Award Recipient which includes a cash award and additional professional development opportunities for one artist.
"The more immersed I become in my craft, the more I love it. This scholarship will allow additional freedom to experiment, grow, and change—essential elements of a successful studio practice and a successful career as a craftsperson."