Haley Bates (Colorado)

20 Small Ones

Medium/Materials: Sterling silver

Dimensions: 27” x 36” Installed

Year: 2013

Small One 3

Medium/Materials: Sterling silver

Dimensions: 3” x 1.5” x 0.375”

Year: 2013

Small Ones 5

Medium/Materials: Sterling silver

Dimensions: 4.25” x 0.5” x 0.375”

Year:  2013

Artist Statement: 

20 Small Ones is a series of small, commemorative spoons, each one different and quirky and unique. Scaled to reference baby spoons, this installation is a direct and highly personal response to one of our nation’s most terrible and least understood tragedies in recent years: the Newtown shootings. This work is more eulogy than elegy: it is intended to celebrate the joy and the singularity of those young lives, rather than to focus on the loss. In the most acute stages of mourning, I was completely unable to emotionally process that event; I therefore turned to the physical process of forging, working directly with my materials to render both memory and meaning.


Haley is drawn to functional, often archaic forms and objects whose design is dictated by use. Through processes of hybridization, reconfiguration, and material juxtapositions she reinterprets these common objects, creating forms that are both evocative and multivalent. Originally from Texas, Haley received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in 1994. She went on to receive her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in 2002. In 2003, she accepted a position as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art. She is also a member of Telegraph Art Collective. Her work has been published in American Craft and Metalsmith magazines, and widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.