Brittany Nicole Cox CV

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • Horological conservator-restorer specializing in automata, mechanical music, and complicated musical automata clocks and watches
  • Lecturer on topics related to antiquarian horology, materials used in conservation of automata, bellows research, and ornamental/engine turned objects.
  • Current practitioner and tutor of engine turning (guilloche´)

EDUCATION

  • Masters in Conservation of Clocks and Related Dynamic Objects. West Dean College, West Sussex, England; September 2012
  • Conservation of Clocks and Related Dynamic Objects Post-Graduate Diploma, with distinction. West Dean College, West Sussex, England, 2012. Includes additional training in the following areas
    • Leather Conservation training with The Leather Conservation Centre
    • Papier Mache under the tutelage of David Farrer.
    • Organ Building under the tutelage of Andrew Butterworth
    • Silversmithing under the tutelage of John Norgate
  • Conservation of Clocks Diploma. West Dean College, West Sussex, England, 2011. Includes 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 Program (WOSTEP), Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance (SAWTA) and CW21 certifications, Watch Technology Institute, Seattle Washington, USA, 2010
  • B.A., Philosophy, Cum Laude, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), USA, 2008

ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Awarded the Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) Prize for outstanding work performed on an automaton ship, 2012
  • Awarded the West Dean College Chairman’s Prize for conservation work performed on automata, 2012
  • Recipient of a Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship for MA studies at West Dean College, 2012
  • Recipient of a Scholarship from the York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship for MA studies at West Dean College, 2012
  • Recipient an Edward James Foundation Scholarship for MA studies at West Dean College, 2012
  • Monument Trust Scholar, full tuition and accommodation fees for the Academic year of 2011-2012 at West Dean College
  • Recipient of an Edward James Foundation scholarship for the 2011-2012 Academic Year
  • Awarded the St Roche’s Scholarship to West Dean College for the 2010-2011 Academic Year including full tuition and accommodation fees
  • Recipient of a Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship for the 2010-2011 Academic Year at West Dean College
  • Awarded a travel grant from the Furniture History Society for research trips relating to a dissertation on royal clocks by Charles Clay and John and George Pyke, 2011
  • Who’s who, Dean’s List, and Presidents list, distinguished for academic achievement UTSA, 2004-2007
  • Granted lifetime membership to Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Mortar Board based on academic achievement, UTSA, 2005

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESS

EXPERIENCE

  • Self employed conservator-restorer of automata and mechanical music objects, Memoria Technica, Seattle Washington, USA 2012-current
  • Presenter, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Conference, Looking at Guilloche´ in Conservation, Montreal, Canada 2016
  • Speaker at AutomataCon, Restoring Antique Automata Panel, Morris Museum New Jersey, USA 2016
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker at AutomataCon, Clockworks: Horology Tools and Techniques, Morris Museum New Jersey, USA 2016
  • Conservator, Seattle Art Museum, Pop Departures Exhibition, Claes Oldenburg Ice Bag Scale B, USA 2014
  • Guest Presenter on Automata, Seattle Opera, The Tales of Hoffman, USA 2014
  • Project Manager, The Harmon Estate Horological Workshop Sale, Connecticut, USA 2013-2014
  • Lecturer at the WAAC (Western Association of Art Conservation) Conference on conservation methods and materials used for smoking automata, Seattle Art Museum, USA 2012
  • Conservation of National Trust Property Anglesey Abbey’s complicated musical automaton Pagoda clock, 2012
  • Work study position at Museum Speelklok, Utrecht, Netherlands, restoring automata and mechanical music objects, 2012.
  • Watchmaking Workshop, West Dean College, West Sussex, England, October 2011
  • Guest Curator and developer of London’s Handel House Museum exhibition “The Triumph of Time over Music: George Frideric Handel and Charles Clay’s Musical Clocks”, 2010 to 2013
  • Working volunteer at Bowes Museum servicing and assessing the condition of permanent collection pieces including James Cox’ Silver Swan automaton, 2011
  • Working volunteer at Windsor Castle assessing the Crystal Casket organ clock by Charles Clay, 2011
  • Working volunteer at Temple Newsam House servicing and assessing the condition of a ca. 1765 automaton organ clock by George Pyke, 2011
  • Watchmaking Tutor, Chichester, West Sussex, England, 2010-2011
  • Lecturer, West Dean College, Antiquarian Horology Society, on Temple Newsam’s George Pyke Musical Clock, 2011
  • Project Developer/Funding, George Pyke Clock Conservation/Restoration Project, West Dean College, UK, 2010-2012
  • Lecturer at Handel House Museum following extensive research on clocks by Charles Clay and John and George Pyke featuring original music by Handel, 2011

OTHER RELEVANT SKILLS AND INTERESTS

  • New making of magical automata for magicians
  • Mechanical magic
  • Holography and guilloche
  • Ornamental turning methods of the 17th & 18th centuries
  • 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