Patricia Kolbenschlag graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a degree in Jewelry, Silversmithing and Enameling, having had the privilege to learn from John Paul Miller in jewelry, Fred Miller in silversmithing and Kenneth Bates for enameling.
Perhaps not well known to the average buyer, these three were acknowledged masters of their art. Fred Miller mastered the technique of “stretching”, the art of thinning a disc of metal into the desired shape by hammering on the interior of the disc. As a goldsmith, John Paul Miller has been compared to Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany. And Kenneth Bates was known as the "Dean of American Enameling". Kolbenschlag says it was an honor and a pleasure to have been mentored by these three giants.
Over the years she has received awards for her work from the Butler Institute of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art. For 15 years she worked for a jewelry manufacturer as the custom designer and wax carver.
Most of her work has been done for individuals on commission. She is a traditional jeweler and silversmith and works with techniques of fabrication and casting, working only in sterling and fine silver and gold.
Since moving to the Southwest 17 years ago, there has been a change in her work, being influenced by the minerals that are found there as well as the designs of the American Indians.
She has spent the past 50 years producing her work in her own studio. “My studio is my escape haven from the rest of the world and the place where I find peace.”