Archive for Kat Cole

Finished! Kat Cole Installs Her Piece

This is the last in a series of posts by enamel artist Kat Cole about a public installation she created at KVO Industries and installed in the Cedars neighborhood in Dallas. This post previously appeared on her blog. Thank you, Kat, for sharing the journey with us!

1472146641804There is no shortage of things to get done with a project of this size, I am realizing. Once the work was crated up and safely on its way back to Dallas, I spent a few extra days in California with my husband, a brief bit of down time.  When I returned, Read More →

Kat Cole Enamels Her Work at KVO Industries, Part 3

This is the eighth in a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole. This post previously appeared on her blog

kvo-3-1The process of enameling at KVO was a bit of a fast – slow – slow pace. I would have windows of time that I would have my spray gun ready to hop into the spray booth and get a coat on during the workers’ breaks. Their workday would usually begin at 6am and go until 3pm. I got into the habit of getting there around 7am, enjoying the time just being in the space and listening to the guys chat. They were all helpful and knowledgeable about the various processes. Read More →

Construction of Kat Cole’s Piece Begins at KVO Industries

This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole. This post previously appeared on her blog

construction-1As I prepared to build the pieces, I asked for assistance from the experts at KVO Industries about fabricating and their construction techniques. Just as in jewelry, the function of these panels have to be considered in the design phase. Read More →

Making It Happen

This is the third in a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole. This post previously appeared on her blog

1467820428211Now that I had found a location and community that could provide tools and support, I needed to find a way of funding this project.  Last year, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs had begun a new micro-grant project for artists.  To qualify, the project would need to be completed within the city and be of benefit of the community.

These posed interesting parameters for me since I have never worked in public art or outdoor sculpture. Porcelain or liquid-form enamel is most often used for exterior projects because the glass will not fade or corrode over time.  


“Crossroads” installation site, at the corner of Akard and Beaumont

I needed a specific location for the piece and was connected with the owner of 1730 S. Akard St, a single story, square brick building, in the Cedars that would be quite unremarkable if it were not completely covered in graffiti.  I felt this would be a perfect setting for these mostly white enameled panels, and an opportunity for a collaboration of sorts with the local street artists.  With the owner’s blessing, his building will be the temporary installation site of Crossroads.

1467820767907The final element to the proposal was to finalize plans with KVO Industries and Judy Stone to get the work to California to enamel and then back to Dallas to install. The grant that I received does not cover all expenses of this piece, but it does provide the bulk of the money for materials, shipping, travel, insurance, and studio rental costs. Below is the project description that I proposed for the grant:

Project Crossroads. I am seeking funding for a site-specific wall installation in the Dallas Cedars neighborhood.   As an urban industrial area in transition, it is well-suited for this piece.  An architecturally inspired series of vitreous enameled wall panels will be installed at 1730 S. Akard St in the heart of this historic neighborhood.  The brick facade of this building already has graffiti and tags and is situated between a community garden and local BBQ restaurant, Lee Harvey’s, on the corner of Akard St and Beaumont St.   

1467820835851These five steel and enamel panels will float above the work of these other urban artists.  The shapes of the panels will come from the surrounding architecture and the fused-glass surfaces will use imagery of old hand-drawn maps of the city and street views from the late 1800’s, a high point of this neighborhood.  The imagery, forms and colors are a blend of the past and present of Dallas.


Left: Akard St, 1895 Right: Akard St., 2016

Getting Started

This is the second in a series of guest posts by the enamel artist Kat Cole. The post was previously published on her blog. 

blog post 2 image 1I have made large enameled work previously, but I have always felt handicapped by the size of the kiln available. Scale and proportion decisions had to be made based on the interior dimensions of the kiln.  More than once, I thought a piece would fit in the kiln only to realize Read More →