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 has been named one of three finalists for a sculpture at Main Beach in Laguna Beach. His piece "One World" is under consideration by the Laguna Beach Arts Commission. For more info, read this article in the Coastline Pilot. 

Project Spotlight

"The Wave" 

Pat's most recent public art piece, "The Wave" is on display in front of the Yuma Art Center in Yuma, Az. Click here for more project spotlights. 

Upcoming Events

Anneville Studio
Friday, March 6, Time TBD
Pat will have a showing on March 6 at Anneville Studio in San Diego's NTC Promenade. Details to come. 

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.