Made by Scott Benefield
These blown glass pieces were made using cane techniques that were first developed in 16th century Venice, which fuses together separate elements to form the wall of a vessel.
The imagery employed is inspired by the tide pools that dot the north Antrim coast where Scott’s studio is located. Various aquatic plants and mollusks can be seen through the watery shallows left at low tides, which has some correspondence in the depths of clear glass that case the patterned elements of the composition. It is more impressionistic than naturalistic, with the saturated transparent hues evoking rather than mimicking the life of the sea.
About the maker:
Scott Benefield is internationally known as a glassblower specialising in Venetian cane techniques, as well as a workshop leader and a writer covering issues pertinent to contemporary studio glass. Scott has exhibited his work at the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition in 2012-2015, the British Glass Biennale in 2015, as well at galleries in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, the Netherlands, Japan and China.
He works from his studio which is an old farm property on the rugged north Antrim coast, just outside of the village of Ballintoy in Northern Ireland. All of the work is designed, produced and finished entirely by hand.
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