Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Cup: Joe Bennion - Spring City, UT

Joe Bennion Avery Tea Bowl wood-fired stoneware
(4 x 4 inches) CUP 013 $40 SOLD
I enjoy making pottery by hand on a foot powered treadle wheel.  The physical involvement places me deeper in the process.  The gentle sound of the wheel and the soft resistance of the clay in my hand are at once comforting and pleasant.

Joe Bennion Squared Tea Bowl wood-fired stoneware
(3.5 x 5.25 inches) CUP 014 $50

Pleasure is an important element of our life in this world.  It gives meaning and balance to the confusion, pain and sorrow we encounter here.  I hope that as people take my pottery in hand and use it they will recognize some of the experience I have had in making it and will find pleasure of their own in daily use.

Joe Bennion Tumbler wood-fired stoneware
(4 x 3.25 inches) CUP 015 $30
Joseph Bennion is a native of Utah.  For the past 34 years he has lived and worked in Spring City, Utah with his wife Lee Udall Bennion, who is a painter.  Joseph attended Tuscarora Pottery School and Brigham Young University where he earned a MFA in Ceramics.

Joe Bennion Mug wood-fired stoneware
(3.5 x 5 inches) CUP 016 $30 SOLD

He has lectured and taught workshops in Japan, Europe, Canada, Jamaica, and throughout the United States.  his work, which is widely published, appears in numerous private and public collections in the US and abroad.

Joe Bennion Small Tea Cup wood-fired stoneware
(4 x 4 inches) CUP 017 $25 SOLD

Among his awards are a 1990 NEA Fellowship Grant, the 2009 Utah State Governor's Mansion Artist Award and in 2005 the Springville Museum of Art listed Joseph as one of the top 100 living artists in Utah.  He currently operates Horseshoe Mountain Pottery and works seasonally as a Grand Canyon river guide.


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