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.
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.
Saddleback College Art Gallery
Visit here for exhibit details.
Pat is one of the artists who will be featured in the juried Old Town Art and Craft Show. Visit here for event details.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Old Town Blacksmith Shop to find Pat giving blacksmithing demonstrations.