Craig Kaviar got his start in the arts while still in high school by apprenticing with wood and stone sculptor Phil Darling in Port Washington, NY. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received his BFA in art from Tufts University in Medford, MA in 1978. While studying at Tufts, Kaviar became interested in forge work and took a job as a blacksmith at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA from 1976-1978.
Kaviar came to Kentucky in 1985 and established his studio Kaviar Forge. He states, “I try to create cool, classical artwork from the inferno of the forge.”
As a founding member of the Kentucky Blacksmith Association, Kaviar has held guest blacksmith workshops at his studio and gallery. His work is in numerous public and private locations throughout Louisville such as the Kentucky Center for the Arts, Christ Church Cathedral and others.
Kaviar’s work has been published in three books and in such magazines as Southern Accents, Landscape Architecture, The Anvil’s Ring and American Craft.
Works by this artisan can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY; and at Kaviar Forge and Gallery, Louisville, KY