Enamelist Pat Musick is featured on Beyond the Gallery this week, and she's based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pat combines her passions for the natural world, literature and people to produce her stunning enameled works.
To create awareness, insight, caring for the beauty, complexity, intricacy of this living world is the wellspring for my work. I've lived among the mountains and canyon country of the American Southwest as well as the libraries, museums, music, manuscripts, ancient ruins of Ireland, Europe, Asia. These experiences fuel my work. Glass, metal, wood—their qualities and spirit; layers of images, words, ideas; hikes and sojourns in amazing places; friendships with remarkable people. Wild nature and place; the human wilds of mind and heart. Stone, leaf, water, sky.
Enameling—glass fused to metal at high heat—is a primary medium for my work. Enameling involves applying powdered glass to copper or steel, firing the piece for several minutes, repeating the process many times, giving layer upon layer of images. Because of its durability, brilliance, translucency, and variable effects according to viewing distance and angle of light, enameling is well suited for exterior and interior murals. In these, I aim to create welcoming, meaningful spaces—integrating concepts, materials, and the site's architecture, function, and setting (natural and historical) to define, enhance, and evoke a spirit and sense of place.