Cat Bates began working as a professional jeweler in 2004, and graduated from Maine College of Art in 2009 with a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. He has received scholarships to study at Penland School of Crafts, Peters Valley, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and has taught workshops on basic metalsmithing, sand casting, and decorative sailor knotting.
Cat employs variety of techniques in the design and manufacture of his work, from sand casting to sailor knotting, 3-d modeling to forging. He believes that the method used to produce a piece of jewelry (or any object) resonates within it, even if it is not obvious to a casual observer.
"As a designer, I find a distinct beauty in utilitarian objects, and often notice that through use such objects become more beautiful still. I think of a bronze oarlock, its exterior caked with oxide from exposure to salt spray, its interior buffed to a warm luster by the rubbing of a dinghy's wooden oars. I design jewelry to be durable, so that use may compound its beauty. If you wear one of my pieces, I hope that you will take pleasure in knowing that you are part of what makes it beautiful."