Hi. I'm Ben.
The name PECO is a tongue-in-cheek nod to my grandfather's old company, Precision Engineering Co. It seemed appropriate since my art is anything but precision.
I started with pottery under the tutelage of Mel Sundby (the greatest man on earth). As we sat at the wheel he taught me a lot about life, with some pottery mixed in. I thoroughly enjoyed every chance we got to sit around a warm raku kiln on a cool fall day, beer in hand like all great philosophers.
In 2019 it was time for a change, and this Wisconsin boy moved to Hawai‘i. Unfortunately, I couldn't take the wheel and kiln with me, so I was in limbo creatively. In 2020 when we all found ourselves with a little more time on our hands, glass piqued my interest. I found Rachel Baker, who was kind enough to take me on as an apprentice. I was hooked.
My work often explores the flow of hot glass. Using heat, gravity, and a little luck, the glass flows to create unique patterns and designs. Sometimes metal and plaster casting molds are used to create more complex and sculptural forms. Every project teaches me something new, so even if it doesn't go as planned, it's still (at least a little bit) successful.
A few years later, Wisconsin called me back home. I continue to be excited, challenged, mesmerized and occasionally physically harmed by this amazing material. I'm glad you're here with me for the ride.