Pat Flynn is widely recognized for his accomplishments as a self-supporting, designer craftsman. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships grants for his work, which unlike many distinguished metalsmiths is not subsidized by a university salary.
He is, however, a gifted teacher and has been an inspiration to many in workshops he has taught over the past fifteen years at craft schools such as Penland, Haystack, Arrowmont, the Oregon School and Arts and Crafts and the Brookfield Craft Center. He is noted for his ability to combine non-precious materials, even found objects, with high karat gold and gemstones with grace and precision. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago and Rhode Island School of Design.