Ben Caldwell is a painter, copper and silver smith, a musical instrument builder, and an inventor. Caldwell brings his multi-faceted background to bear in a unified way as he pushes boundaries. He thinks of the copper as a living canvas. “If you could have your canvas physically react to paint as you apply color, you might understand what I feel as I fire glass onto my ‘canvas’ of copper.”
He trained at the Studio School of New York under Charles Cajori, an Abstract Expressionist who exhibited with William de Kooning in the 1960s. He received his BFA from Tufts Uuiversity and The School of the Museum of Fines Arts, Boston, and a diploma from the Roberto Venn School of Lutherie.