Working with copper feels like a suspended liquid, flowing with me to become what I envision. Inspired by my hike of the Appalachian Trail, a background in fine arts and growing up with historic American silver, I use traditional metalsmithing techniques to create functional art for the home. With the purest available metals and naturally-shed antler, all sourced in the USA, I start with an idea and feel it out as I work, allowing opportunities to arise as they will–serendipity leading the journey!
My education includes a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, and time at Harvard University and the Studio School of New York. After school I worked as a custom luthier and drum maker before beginning an apprenticeship with Terry Talley, a nationally known master metalsmith. In 2001 I started Ben & Lael and began creating and selling custom, one-of-a-kind copper, silver and enamel art. Since then I’ve received many awards, and been featured in numerous exhibits, national publications, and broadcast programs.
While I continue to create my own work and attend shows around the country I also feel a responsibility to share the art of metalsmithing so I make time to pass along my love of craft to students. I teach classes locally, give demonstrations, and take on interns and apprentices. Some are curious about how I create my pieces and some will go on to use these skills in their own work but all walk away with an appreciation for the art itself.