I’ve always seen my work as an extension of an historical narrative that is about
the material and the process of glassblowing. It exists in relation to the long
history of glass objects and embraces the techniques and traditions that enliven
that history. That connection to past practice and to the heritage of glass is
important to me, as I seek to create original expressions in glass that will add to
that ongoing conversation.
Scott Benefield is an artist, educator and writer who received his MFA from Ohio
State University in 1990, following a year spent in Sweden on a Fulbright-Hays grant. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society and currently serves on its Advisory Committee. He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at the Toledo Museum of Art, North Lands Creative Glass, Vrij Glas (Netherlands), Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. He has taught workshops in Italian cane techniques at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), the Glass Furnace (Turkey) and was a visiting scholar at Osaka University of the Arts in 2009. He was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) award in 2013, and the Rosy James Memorial Award in 2015. He currently lives in Northern Ireland.
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