With a passion for sculpture and education Patrick uses forging as a vehicle to express himself sculptural and uses toolmaking and teaching as a way to share what he find so intrinsic about metalworking with his students. With a firm belief in “quality work starts with quality tooling,” Pat uses this philosophy to forge the best possible tooling for the Center for Metal Arts and himself. Trying to give all the students the best quality education is atop his priority list and he works tirelessly to try to make the Center for Metal Arts the best forging classroom it can be.
Pat’s sculpture is a mix of technique driven, and expressive forgings. Often inspired by Joinery techniques, he uses these as an outlet for sculptural and a way to join together contemporary forgings. Exercising a keen eye for design and developing work through both form and line, Pat is dawn to simple forgings, and building work with multiples. Reliant on design and composition, his work combines clean forgings with carefully contemplated construction.
Patrick J. Quinn is the executive director at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown Pa. where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Pat has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, Hereford College of the arts, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School.
Patrick is a 2015 Niche award winner and has work in the Evansville IN Museum of Art and science permanent collection. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions such as “Transitions” (Belgium), and “Forge” contemporary forged metal design (UK), “Craft Forms”, “43rd Mid States Craft Exhibition”, “New York Silver, Then and Now”(Museum of the City of New York) and “Metal in Motion” (National Ornamental Metal Museum).