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Metalwork
Kingston Springs, TN
benandlael.com

Ben Caldwell is an award winning artist from Nashville, TN. His work has been featured in many national publications including Southern Home magazine, Victoria magazine, Cottage Journal magazine, Garden & Gun magazine, Southern Lady magazine, and Oprah magazine as well as features and appearances on television and radio. His work has been in museums and shown in galleries. Ben has created commissioned work for the governor of Tennessee, and the Ellis Island Family Heritage awards for the The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation out of copper preserved from the Registry Building at Ellis Island. In his own words: “I love forming metal. Copper feels like a suspended liquid as I’m working it, as if it’s flowing & wants to work with me to take on whatever shape I envision. The natural world & its incomparable beauty are one of my main sources of inspiration. After hiking the Appalachian Trail, my love of nature became a central focus in my art. Sometimes I begin with the classical proportions & forms of the historic American silver that surrounded me growing up, other pieces begin with an idea rather than a fully formed picture & I feel it out as I work the metal. This allows, opportunities to arise that I didn’t anticipate; serendipity takes over, leading me on an exciting, unplanned journey. I use traditional metalsmithing techniques including hammering, raising, & chasing by hand with traditional tools, but also tools of my own design. All of my materials, the purest available copper, silver & naturally-shed antler, are sourced in the USA to create each one-of-a kind piece in my Nashville studio.”

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