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Pat Taylor

Taylor majored in ceramics and art history as an undergraduate. She was first introduced to metals during her second year of graduate school at Indiana University. Taylor studied at the Staatliche Werkkunstschule in Germany where she earned a certificate in jewelry and goldsmithing. Professor Hans Markl greatly influenced her thinking and her work. She greatly respected his sense of form and his flawless craftsmanship. Taylor also studied at the Royal College of Art, London, England. There she was influenced by her technical tutor, Peter McMillan. She learned how to raise large forms and make tools from McMillan. These experiences were the most valuable and important to her. First because of the quality of instruction and sense of tradition and secondly because of the opportunity it gave her to travel. While living in Europe Taylor had the chance to visit almost all of the major collections and exhibits of ancient and modern jewelry. She hitchhiked through Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Egypt. Besides the invaluable experience Taylor gained from traveling, she also returned with thousands of slides of major architectural monuments and jewelry collections.

Taylor feels as though she is a part of an ancient continuum of metalworking (which is almost as long as people have inhabited the earth). She believes you can learn essential information about being human and learn important lessons for your life if you practice your craft with integrity.

Pat Taylor is the founder and director of Miami Jewelry Institute, Inc. It is a licensed technical trade school for jewelers in Miami, Florida. She has worked as a consultant and trainer for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in Atlanta, Georgia and was a guest lecturer. Taylor has exhibited extensively since 1966. Her work is represented in several permanent collections and completed many important commissions.