Brad Ascalon’s grandfather Maurice was born in 1913 into a Hasidic Hungarian shtetl as Moshe Klein. The designer, sculptor, and master silversmith studied art in Brussels and Milan and, in 1934, moved to British Palestine, where he set up the company Pal-Bell to manufacture decorative art and liturgical objects.
His copper relief The Scholar, the Laborer, and the Toiler of the Soil clad the Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
In 1956, with his 12-year-old son, David (Brad’s father), in tow, the family immigrated to America, eventually landing in Philadelphia.
David, who focuses on large-scale sculpture and stained glass, now runs Ascalon Studios, which he founded with Maurice in 1977. Brad occasionally makes the drive to southern New Jersey to log a few hours in his dad’s workshop.