Artist Spotlight: Ben Caldwell

"I want to make serving pieces that are strong, timeless, one of a kind, and beautiful.” ~Ben Caldwell, Metalsmith

I am an artist, specializing in the creation of functional and timeless metalwork. All of my work is custom hammered, raised and chased by hand, resulting in quality, one-of-a-kind creations that will far outlast their creator. I like to think of my metalwork as the marriage of beauty and functionality, something you just don’t see much of these days.

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Artist Spotlight: Bob Stancil

After four tours in Vietnam and thirty years in the Navy, Bob retired to pursue his lifelong interest in woodworking and turning.   Bob is also a passionate collector of wood.  Everything from a fallen tree, a unique species, or 140-year-old timber salvaged from a river bottom, each of piece has a story.  He ages the wood over several years, then allows the unique character of the wood determine the form.   His work is functional with an understated timeless beauty.

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Artist Spotlight: Nancy Green

Although I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, as a child I spent every possible moment in the country exploring the woods and playing in creeks. The earthy tones of my functional pots reflect the nature that surrounded me as a child. My hope is that the pots fill not only a functional roll through daily use, but they also have an aesthetic quality that invites people to enjoy owning them for the sheer pleasure of handling and viewing them.

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Maker: COLTELLERIE BERTI

COLTELLERIE BERTI has a long history of steel, fire and skilled hands. It was founded as an artisan workshop by David Berti in 1895 and today, under the guidance of his great grandson Andrea, it continues its production in the Tuscan countryside, 25 miles north of Florence, Italy. 

Coltellerie Berti makes handmade knives by skilled artisans using the same manufacturing techniques and materials that were used since 1895. Each knife is taken from start to finish by the same artisan and as a symbol of their pride each blade bares his or her initials. 

Coltellerie Berti creates knives with integrity and authenticity that cannot result from industrialized production. The end result is some of the finest cutting tools in the world. In a word, a Berti knife is an heirloom. 

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Artist Spotlight: Lynne Tan

My life is put on hold when I play with clay. It is the one activity that engages me so totally my thoughts are simply unable to wander. I dream a shape, and I have to make it.
I see my functional pieces as sculptural forms — mini sculpture installations for the home, to be enjoyed even when not in use.
I begin most of my pieces on the potters' wheel, and then find new ways to subtly reshape them into more fluid and organic forms that fit and flow quietly with each other. Beauty for me lies in undecorated simplicity.
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