Award-winning metal artist Pat Downing 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.
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 also teaches classes on copper Foldforming and copper, bronze and steel patina.
Pat’s work can be found at galleries and events throughout Southern California and online in his Etsy Shop. He is also open to creating custom pieces. Check back often to see new work, new classes and upcoming events.
Pat’s newest sculpture, “Perfect Union,” is on display at San Diego Botanic Garden as part of the annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibit.
Like all unions or relationships, you have to put in a certain amount of effort to make it work. At first you find two individual sculptures, each unique unto itself. But with a little effort, a single heart begins to take shape and the two sculptures become the “Perfect Union.”