Rob Dean in Conversation with Pat Flynn. A legendary goldsmith honors the power of keepsakes and memory

Interview  /  Artists
Published: 16.10.2017
Pat Flynn. Earrings: Petal Earrings, 2017. Iron with 22- and 18-karat yellow gold and diamonds set in palladium.. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Pat Flynn
Earrings: Petal Earrings, 2017
Iron with 22- and 18-karat yellow gold and diamonds set in palladium.
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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The warm glow of winter – the gentle flickers of light, the soft echoes of tranquility - inspires the legendary goldsmiths of Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to take time for meditations on nature and color, and on the subtlety of light and touch. One of those legendary goldsmiths is Pat Flynn, known for the nail bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces he makes in his studio in upstate New York. He seemingly speaks for goldsmiths everywhere when he says, “I like when people ask: How did you do that?” Flynn is one of the featured goldsmiths in ‘Tis the Golden Season, an exhibition of new jewelry opening at Patina Gallery on Friday, December 15, 2017. Flynn took a break in his studio recently to talk about jewelry making.