Patrick J. Quinn currently runs the forging program at the Center for Metal Arts where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Patrick has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School.
My work is driven by process. I am very interested in the physical properties of metal and how it can be manipulated through the combination of applications such as heat and pressure. I Find it important to hand make all aspects of my work, including nuts and bolts that can be found inexpensively at the hardware store.
I feel hand making all aspects of my work, including hardware puts me in touch with tradition and history, most specifically a time period where all items and tools were made by yourself or a local craftsman. To make nuts and bolts by hand rater than buy them at the hardware store is a task that I feel puts me in touch with the history of metalworking and industry, also giving my work more of an original feel
The sculpture I build is comprised of several pieces and components. Assembling work from handmade elements gives me great satisfaction. I use abstract imagery, with form and line as vehicle for creating and using components such as hardware and hinges. The challenge of making something work and balance with several moving parts is a task that inspires me, and I find small kinetic works a perfect form to express my interest in handmade hardware, and mechanical connections