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 will have his first full-scale exhibit, "By Fire and Hand," on display at the Yuma Fine Arts Association from Dec. 5 to Jan. 17. 

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

By Fire and Hand   
Dec. 5, 2014 to Jan. 17, 2015 
Yuma Fine Arts Association Gallery
A full-scale exhibit of Pat's Work

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.