Brittany Nicole Cox CV

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Developing a conservation treatment methodology for engine turned objects and bellows in singing bird automata.
  • Illuminating lost techniques used by ornamental turners of previous centuries for turning pieces such as the Coburg Ivories.
  • Holography as related to guilloché.
  • Mechanical magic apparatus used and made by magicians past.

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EDUCATION

MA, Museum Studies, July 2013

West Dean College, University of Sussex, West Sussex, England

Dissertation title: “A Preliminary Investigation into Materials used for Bellows Coverings in Smoking Automata”

Committee: Lorna Calcutt, David Dorning, Matthew Read

Conservation of Clocks Post-Graduate Diploma, distinction,  July 2012

West Dean College, West Sussex, England

Additional training in the following areas:

  • Leather Conservation training with The Leather Conservation Centre
  • Papier-mâché under the tutelage of David Farrer
  • Organ Building under the tutelage of Andrew Butterworth
  • Silversmithing under the tutelage of John Norgate

Conservation and Restoration of Clocks Diploma,  July 2011

West Dean College, West Sussex, England.

Additional training in the following areas:

  • Gilding under the tutelage of Judy Wetherall
  • Silversmithing under the tutelage of John Norgate
  • Blacksmithing under the tutelage of Andrew Smith
  • Hand engraving under the tutelage of Wayne Parrot
  • Wood working and dovetailing under the tutelage of Tom Kealy and Norbert Gutowski
  • Lacquering under the tutelage of Francis Brodie
  • Techniques in Horological polishing and finishing with Charles Frodsham & Co Ltd
  • Mechanical music repair under the tutelage of Alan Godier

Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Programme Certification, August 2010

Watch Technology Institute, Seattle Washington, USA, 2010

Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance Certification, August 2010

Watch Technology Institute, Seattle Washington, USA

Certified Watchmaker of the 21st Century, CW21 Certification, August 2010

Watch Technology Institute, Seattle Washington, USA

BA, Philosophy, Cum Laude, May 2008

University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

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CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE

Professional Associate of the AIC and Self-Employed Conservator, 2012 – Current

Memoria Technica, Seattle Washington, USA

Horological conservation of automata, mechanical music objects, and complicated musical automata clocks and watches. Assessment and stabilization to full, in-depth conservation and analysis, as well as bespoke services, including custom automata and installations. Client outreach, management, finances, public engagement, responsible for conservation interns, build out of workshop, and curriculum development for classes.

 Conservator, Seattle Art Museum, November 2015

Custom key fitted for medieval period chest, Seattle, WA, USA

Conservator, Seattle Art Museum, October 2014

Assessment, treatment, documentation of the mechanical components of Claes Oldenburg Ice Bag Scale B, Pop Departures Exhibition, Seattle, WA, USA

Junior Conservator, West Dean College, 2012

Cataloguing, assessment, documentation, cleaning, reassembly of the National Trust Anglesey Abbey’s complicated musical automaton Pagoda clock, UK

Conservation Internship, Museum Speelklok, 2012

Conservation of automata and mechanical music objects, Netherlands

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ADDITIONAL TRAINING

Mount Making Workshop with James Hascall, Mount Making Focus, Seattle, WA, 2017

Traditional Clockmaking with David Lindow, Lindow Machine Works, Lake Ariel, PA, 2015 – 2016

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Project Manager, Harmon Horological Workshop Catalogue and Liquidation, 2013 – 2014

Wolcott, Connecticut, USA

Assessment, cataloguing, valuation, and sale of contents of 5,000 square foot workshop, including thousands of tools, books, and other horological ephemera.

Guest Curator, Handel House Museum, 2010 – 2013

Research and development of “The Triumph of Time over Music: George Frideric Handel and Charles Clay’s Musical Clocks”

Project Developer/Funding, West Dean College, 2010 – 2012

Research, grant writing, assessment, cross disciplinary collaboration and proposals for Temple Newsam’s George Pyke Clock Conservation Project

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TEACHING & ADVISING

Tutor/Event lead, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, 2017

Toy automata class and history of horology, developed for earning a horology badge

Tutor/Event lead, Atlas Obscura, 2016 – Current

Guilloché, Mechanical Music, Cardboard Automata workshops for adults and children

Guilloché Instructor, Memoria Technica, 2015 – Current

Developed curriculum for advanced and beginners engine turning classes.

Guest Tutor, Watch Technology Institute, Seattle WA, 2012 – 2013

Visiting tutor, lecturer on specialist topics in antiquarian horology

Short Course Tutor, Terrarium Craft, West Dean College, 2012

Developed short course on botany and terrarium craft, taught over one day

Organizer/Tutor, One day Watchmaking Workshop, West Dean College, 2011

Developed one day workshop for interested staff and students to bring and learn about a family heirloom and the history of watchmaking

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CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

Lecture series in development, Horological Lecture Series in partnership with the Stimson Green Mansion Historic Trust House, Seattle Washington, projected 2017.

Representative, West Dean College, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Conference, May 2017.

Presenter, Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Engine Turned Pottery, Denver Colorado, 2016.

Presenter, Ornamental Turners International Symposium, Holography as Related to Guilloché, Denver Colorado, 2016.

Lecturer, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and Canadian Association for Conservation Joint Conference, Looking at Guilloche´ in Conservation, Montreal, Canada 2016.

Presenter, AutomataCon, Restoring Antique Automata Panel, Morris Museum New Jersey, USA 2016.

Panel Moderator and Presenter, AutomataCon, Clockworks: Horology Tools and Techniques, Morris Museum New Jersey, USA 2016.

Presenter, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Musical Clocks by Charles Clay, Seattle, WA, 2014.

Presenter, Antique Automata, Seattle Opera, The Tales of Hoffman, USA 2014.

Attendee, Time for Everyone Symposium, California Institute of Technology, USA 2013.

Lecturer at the Western Association of Art Conservation Conference, Conservation Methods and Materials used for Smoking Automata, Seattle Art Museum, USA 2013.

Presenter, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Fine Automata and Mechanical Music, Seattle, WA 2013.

Lecturer, Antiquarian Horology Society, Temple Newsam House’s George Pyke Musical Clock, UK, 2011.

Lecturer, Handel House Museum, Clocks by Charles Clay and John and George Pyke featuring original music by Handel, UK, 2011.

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PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Working volunteer at Bowes Museum servicing and assessing the condition of permanent collection pieces, UK, 2011.

Working volunteer at Windsor Castle assessing the Crystal Casket organ clock by Charles Clay, UK, 2011.

Working volunteer at Temple Newsam House servicing and assessing the condition of a ca. 1765 automaton organ clock by George Pyke, UK, 2011.

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PUBLICATIONS

Cox, Brittany N. Ed. Fiona Crosby. London: Penguin, manuscript in preparation.

Cox, Brittany N. and David Lindow. “Looking at Guilloché in Conservation.” American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Post Prints, accepted and forthcoming 2017.

Cox, Brittany N. and Al Collins. Sacred Geometry: A 16th Century Coloring Book. Seattle: Memoria Technica, 2016.

Cox, Brittany N. and Al Collins. Sacred Geometry: Book of Receipts. Seattle: Memoria Technica, 2016.

Cox, Brittany N. “George Frideric Handel and Musical Clocks.” Furniture History Society Newsletter, No.190, May 2013.

Cox, Brittany N. “God Save the King – The Automaton Ship and Silver Shagreen Case.” Antiquarian Horology, Volume 33, Issue 5, September 2012.

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ACADEMIC HONOURS AND AWARDS

Awarded the Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) Prize, 2012

Outstanding work performed on an automaton ship

Awarded the West Dean College Chairman’s Prize, 2012

Conservation work performed on automata

Recipient of a Women’s Jewellery Association Scholarship, 2012

MA studies at West Dean College

Recipient of a Scholarship from the York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship, 2012

MA studies at West Dean College

Recipient an Edward James Foundation Scholarship, 2012

MA studies at West Dean College

Monument Trust Scholar, 2011-2012

Academic Year including full tuition and accommodation fees, West Dean College

Recipient of an Edward James Foundation scholarship, 2011-2012

Recipient of the St Roche’s Scholarship, 2010-2011

Academic Year including full tuition and accommodation fees, West Dean College

Recipient of a Women’s Jewellery Association Scholarship, 2010-2011

West Dean College

Awarded a travel grant, Furniture History Society, 2011

Research relating to a dissertation on royal clocks by Charles Clay, John & George Pyke

Who’s who, Dean’s List, and Presidents list, 2004-2007

Distinguished for academic achievement, UTSA    

Lifetime membership to Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honour Society, 2005

Based on academic achievement, UTSA

Lifetime membership Alpha Chi National Honour Society, 2005

Based on academic achievement, UTSA

Lifetime membership Mortar Board, 2005

Based on academic achievement, UTSA

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC), Professional Associate

Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC)

Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS)

American Watchmakers – Clockmakers Institute (AWCI)

Swiss American Watchmaking Training Alliance (SAWTA)

Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Programme (WOSTEP)

Ornamental Turners International (OTI)

Musical Box Society International (MBSI)

Washington Watch and Clockmakers Association (WWCA)

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC)

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PRESS

Wound and Worn, Alexandersen, Christian. 1 August 2017. “Interview: Mechanical Magic with Antiquarian Horologist Brittany Cox.” Available online at: http://wornandwound.com/interview-mechanical-magic-antiquarian-horologist-brittany-cox/

Wound and Worn, Ryvin, Ilya. 11 May 2017. “Around the Web: Meet Brittany Nicole Cox, Antiquarian Horologist.” Available online at: http://wornandwound.com/around-the-web-meet-brittany-nichole-cox-antiquarian-horologist/

Family, Farhod and Andrew Lampard. Interview by Andrew Lampard. CNN. Great Big Story. 21 March 2017. “A Craft of Future Past: Mastering Antiquarian Horology.” Available online at: http://www.greatbigstory.com/stories/fixing-restoring-and-preserving-cutting-edge-machines-of-the-past

Guppy, Nancy. Interview by Nancy Guppy. Art Zone. Seattle Channel. 24 February 2017. “The Magical World of Brittany Nicole Cox.” Available online at: http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x70829

Hodinkee, Pulvirent, Stephen. 23 February 2017. “How to Make Complicated 18th Century Clocks Work (and Look) like New Again.” Available online at: https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/atlas-obscura-recommended-reading-clock-restoration

Atlas Obscura, Holmes, Tao Tao. 6 February 2017. “How an Antiquarian Horologist Brings Tiny Machines Back to Life.” Available online at: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-an-antiquarian-horologist-brings-tiny-machines-back-to-life

Spitzer, Gabriel. Interview by Gabriel Spitzer. KPLU. News for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest Blog. 28 August 2015.”Seattle Horologist Masters Clockwork to Make Time Travel and Stand Still.” Available online at: http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-horologist-masters-clockwork-make-time-travel-and-stand-still

Spitzer, Gabriel. 22 August 2015. “Ticking Clock: Sound Effect Episode 33.” Audio blog post. News for Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. KPLU 88.5. Available online at: http://www.kplu.org/post/ticking-clock-sound-effect-episode-33

Museums + Heritage, 27 March 2015. “Ground-Breaking Work to Restore 250-Year-Old Anglesey Abbey Clock Completed.” Available online at: http://www.museumsandheritage.com/advisor/news/item/4157

BBC News, 24 March 2015. “Anglesey Abbey pagoda clock in ‘ground breaking’ restoration.” Available online at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-32016832

Radiolab Blogland, Levy, Lynn, June 2014. “The Timekeeper’s Things.” Available online at: http://www.radiolab.org/story/timekeepers-things/

The Independent, Pozniak, Helena, 10 May 2012. “Conservation courses: Breathe life into old treasures.” Available online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/ student/postgraduate/postgraduate-study/conservation-courses-breathe-life-into-old-treasures-7733183.html

OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS AND INTERESTS

  • New making of magical automata for magicians
  • Shadow puppetry
  • Early animation devices such as the zoopraxiscope and dynamic magic lantern slides
  • Antique tools and machinery
  • Sleight of hand

References available upon request