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Harlan Butt

Harlan Butt received his B.F.A. Degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1972 and his M.F.A. Degree from University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale in 1974. Harlan Butt worked as an independent craftsman in New Milford, Connecticut. He is currently an Assistant Professor of jewelry and metalsmithing at North Texas University. Butt has served as a coordinator of several Japanese metalwork shows. He is a member of the American Craft Council, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Enamel Guild West, The Enamelist Society (trustee) and the North Texas Enamel Guild. Butt works intuitively with form creating objects of a ritual nature. These objects are inspired by magical or mystical experiences which are rare in contemporary society. Ultimately Butt strives to symbolize man's role in his environment.

"The intent of my work is to enshrine and communicate movements or impressive elements of my separate journeys. It is in recognition and celebration of the experience of being and animal." (Jewelers USA)

Butt says, "Metal is the hammer and the scepter, the sword and the bell."