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. Pieces are available at Buy Hand in Laguna Beach and online in his Etsy Shop.

Project Spotlight

This unnamed sculpture was commissioned as part of the redesign of Westfield University Town Center in San Diego.  Learn more here.

In the News

Pat was featured in U-T San Diego.