Pat was given a small enamelling kiln when she was a young woman and soon discovered the beautiful medium of melted coloured grains of enamel on copper. The process was very quick and soon she was making small enamelled pendants which she sold in craft shops. During this time she developed the techniques to make any virtually any kind of enamelled design or image.
After she bought a larger kiln, Pat spent several years experimenting to see if enamelling was as much an art form as painting, challenging herself to work in styles as diverse as very realistic images and the broad sweeps of abstract art. She eventually began to receive commissions to make murals on large scale steel panels. Pat then spent twenty years working in the premises of industrial enamelling firms and producing public murals but wanting to return to enamels’ beautiful transparent effects, she returned to working on copper, principally using bowls to achieve the best results.
Throughout her career Pat Johnson has taught enamelling on copper at West Dean College. The discoveries that came out of these classes have contributed largely to her understanding of the behaviour of enamels and enamelling techniques. The main aim of her work on bowls is to discover the potential of what the enamels can do.