Contemporary Artist, Blacksmith and Instructor

Pat Downing is an award-winning metal artist who works out of his studio in San Diego where he creates one-of-a-kind hand-forged sculptures.

Pat fuses traditional blacksmithing with contemporary techniques and is especially known for his vibrant patinas and his own unique take on Foldforming, the origami-like process of folding heated metal into dramatic shapes.

Though his work is far from traditional, Pat is very aware of the storied roots of blacksmithing. When he’s not working in his studio, you can find Pat dressed in 1850's period attire, demonstrating traditional blacksmithing techniques to tourists and school groups at the Old Town State Park in San Diego. 

Pat’s work can be found at galleries and events throughout Southern California and is available for sale in his Etsy Shop.

Latest News

Pat is honored to have his piece, "One Planet" on display as part of the Metal Arts Society of Southern California's juried exhibit “Metal Extinction: Using Metal to Honor and Make Permanent our Vanishing World.”

“One Planet,” which is a Foldformed hand holding a “globe, will be on display Sept. 8 to Oct. 2 at the Saddleback College Art Gallery in Mission Viejo, CA. Visit here for details. 

Project Spotlight

San Diego Mission Baptismal Font

Pat recently completed a copper baptismal font as part of the restoration of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

MASSC Metal Extinction Exhibition  
Sept. 8-Oct. 2, Mission Viejo, CA
Saddleback College Art Gallery
Pat's "One Planet" will be on exhibit.
Visit here for exhibit details.

Old Town Art and Craft Show 
Oct. 4 - 5, San Diego, CA
Pat is one of the artists who will be featured in the juried Old Town Art and Craft Show. Visit here for event details. 

Old Town State Park
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Old Town Blacksmith Shop to find Pat giving blacksmithing demonstrations.