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 is also certified as an instructor by the California Blacksmith's Association (CBA) and teaches classes on copper Foldforming and copper patina making.
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 latest sculpture installation is a large birdbath at Westfield University Town Center. This is the second large-scale sculpture commissioned by Westfield UTC as part of the mall’s redesign.
You will find it in “The Garden” presented in partnership with the San Diego Botanic Garden.
To learn more about the sculpture and to see photos it being made, click here.