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Scott Bennett

About Scott Bennett

Scott received a Masters of Fine Art in Ceramics at Ohio State University in 1989. His sculpture has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide. He was a prototype designer for Bath and Body Works and White Barn Candle Company for 7 years, and has been working with clay for over 25 years.

Born 1962, Moundsville, West Virginia, Lives in Birmingham, Alabama, attended Glenville State College, West Virginia 1980-81, West Liberty State College, BS 1984, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, MA Ceramics 1986, and The Ohio State University, Ohio, MFA Ceramics 1989

Selected Exhibitions

2006
Between Form and Function, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
Ohr Rising: Gulf States Juried Exhibition, Gulfport, MS
Comtemporary Alabama, Alabama Council on the Arts Gallery, Montgomery, AL
Just A Head: A Survey of Ceramic Heads, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
100 Teapots, The Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005
Many Splendored Things, Red Dot Gallery, Birmingham, AL
Blue Plate Special, Chester Springs Studio Gallery, Chester Springs, PA
Visions In Clay, University of The Pacific, Stockton, CA
Beyond Dolls, The Dairy Barn, Athens , OH

2004
Amaco/ NCECA exhibit, Indianapolis, IN
Teapots a Go-Go 2, Mudfire Studios, Atlanta, GA

2003
Figures of Speech, The Ohio State University Mairon Campus, Marion, Ohio
Wall Works, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD

2002
Tastefully Tawdry, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Our Cups Runneth Over, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Show Us Your Undies, OXOXO Gallery, Stone Harbor, NJ, Baltimore, MD
Gemantics, Carnegie Art Center, Leavenworth, KS
Humble Origins, Artspace/Lima, Lima, OH

2001
NCECA Clay National, Winthrop University Glalery, Rockhill, SC
Baltimore 25, ACC Anniversary Exhibit, Baltimore, MD

2000
New Artists in Craft, Charles Wustum Museum of Art , Racine, WI
Evolution of the Common Cup, Hall of Fine Arts Gallery, West Liberty, WV
Earth and Mystic, Dublin Arts Council Gallery, Dublin, OH

1999
Pacific Tides, Lancaster, PA
New Work: Julie Byrne, Scott Bennett, Waldo's, Columbus, OH

1991
NCECA Clay National, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

1989
Scott Bennett: Sculpture, Burke Gallery, Denison University, Granville, OH
Art As Play, Pearl Conard Galery, Ohio State University-Mansfield, Mansfield, OH

1987
Works on Walls, Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV
Works off Walls, Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV

1985
Works off Walls, Huntington Museum, Huntington, WV

Publications
2007 Image Transfers on Clay, Lark Books
2004 500 Cups, Lark Books
2003 Craft On Craft by Glen Brown, January Ceramics Monthly

Artist's Statement

My recent sculpture takes inspiration from various forms of jewelry such as rings, brooches, and pendants. I am intrigued by jewelry’s common inclusion of two separate materials—stone and metal. My work plays with that contrast in its juxtaposition of two violently dissimilar surface textures—the polished, shiny, and reflective versus the rough and pitted. I am infatuated with the interplay between the setting and the jewel. By interchanging form and surface, I pose an uncertainty as to which holds more importance—that which holds the object or that which is displayed. By constantly testing this distinction I seek to question the value we place on all material objects.

The concepts of attraction, desire and obsession are paramount in my work. As much as its jewelry-like qualities are meant to reflect emotions such as greed, sexuality is referred to in various abstractions of body parts, referring to corporeal longing and lust. These sexual parts are displayed like jewels, as rare and precious objects of desire. My pieces emphasize the tension between the attractive beauty of an object and the corruptive power of lustful obsession with that object.

The bulbous, organic forms of my work evoke a memory of the material’s history—a record of its past condition of malleability and plasticity. Recollection of the object’s former state is also apparent in the shiny, reflective surfaces, bringing to mind the fluidity of liquid metal. These aspects of my work, combined with the bubbly look of the glazes (which recalls the fact that at one time these materials were supremely hot) impart a plea for a particularly sensual response, calling to mind the beginning of things—the primitive, the wet, and the molten. Color plays a part in this fascination with the primordial, especially in combination with the texture imparted by my glazing technique. I place the green of mildew, molds, and mosses next to the fiery, lava-like blush of orange and red.

My work expresses an enthrallment with the primitive: desire and instinct, the attraction and need for the sensual and the physical, our connection with the elemental."

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