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Craig Kaviar

Kaviar Forge & Gallery
Judaic Sculptor & Blacksmith
Louisville, KY

Profile Description


Artist Statement

My work combines ancient forging techniques reminiscent of the early Hebrew/Bronze Age and a modern aesthetic to create contemporary Judaica. I repurposed a Chambersburg Air Hammer originally built for a World War II battleship and a 200-ton press purchased from the Charlestown Ammunition Plant. I feel that by reusing war machinery for art-making, I am in a small way helping to turn swords into plowshares. Throughout my career I have refined my style, combining sleek lines with rough texture inspired by nature. Ultimately, I seek to honor the long line of blacksmiths who came before me.

Range of Work

Sculpture, menorah, metalwork, 3D art, architectural installments, repousse