What attracts jewelry artist Pat Flynn to his work is the dichotomy that exists between materials and processes: the juxtaposition of torturous forging with elegant goldsmithing. Flynn is interested in the underlying tension that results from combining disparate materials such as steel and diamonds, or gold and steel, into organic jewelry forms.
The early stages of Flynn's work are akin to blacksmithing. With powerful hammer blows, he works the hot steel on the anvil. Later processes are smaller-scale, controlled, precise techniques involving stone setting and goldwork. The final step is oxidation, which turns the work black and creates a dynamic contrast between the steel, gold, and diamonds.
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