Hannah Oatman was born in Austin, Texas, but grew up primarily in Colorado. After attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and falling in love with jewelry making, she transferred to SUNY New Paltz, where she received a BFA in metal in 2017. She has exhibited in national and international shows and worked as a studio assistant for esteemed metalsmith, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. Hannah’s current work explores the power of color and form using enameled copper, steel, and silver. Her colorfully enameled components, combined with stark black armatures, encourage an exploration of the surface and of the piece as a whole. She makes objects that are playful and curious, urging the viewer to handle and consider them as objects first and then as engaging adornments. During her nine-month residency, Hannah intends to continue her work in enamel, while experimenting with new techniques, in order to create a diverse body of work that appeals to a wide audience. For more information on Hannah’s work, please visit https://www.hannahoatman.com.