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

San Diego Mission Baptismal Font

Pat recently completed a copper baptismal font as part of the restoration of the baptistry at Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

MASSC Metal Extinction Exhibition  
Sept. 8-Oct. 2, Mission Viejo, CA
Saddleback College Art Gallery
Pat's One Planet sculpture will be included in the exhibition. Visit here for exhibit details.

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.